Review: Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai

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My flight from Dubai to Los Angeles was departing at 3PM, so a friend dropped me off at Terminal 3 at around 11:30AM, so I’d have plenty of time to review the lounge. Emirates has a separate drop-off area for first and business class passengers, which lets you skip the main part of the check-in hall altogether.

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Dubai Airport Terminal 3 exterior

The Emirates premium check-in area is massive. First there are a bunch of red carpets for first class check-in, and then behind that are blue carpets for business class check-in.

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Dubai Airport check-in hall

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Emirates business class check-in Dubai Airport

After that I proceeded through immigration and passport control, which was relatively quick thanks to this checkpoint only being for premium passengers. Once through security I took the train to the A Concourse, which is Dubai Airport’s A380 concourse (though 777s depart from there as well, and not all A380s depart from that concourse).

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Dubai Airport train system

After taking the train I took the elevator up to the departures level.

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Dubai Airport elevators

At the top of the elevator I made a slight right turn to follow the signage towards the Emirates lounges.

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Dubai Airport Terminal 3

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Emirates lounges Dubai Airport

The Emirates First Class Lounge is located one level up from the main concourse, while the Emirates Business Class Lounge is located two levels up from the main concourse.

I’ve reviewed the Emirates First Class Lounge before, and it’s on my list of the world’s best first class lounges. The lounge is massive — it’s the world’s biggest first class lounge — so I was curious to see how the business class lounge compared.

At the entrance I was welcomed by a friendly associate, who reminded me that I could board my flight directly through the lounge.

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport exterior

Emirates’ business class lounge in Dubai is massive. It’s so big that it needs a map, and that walking from one end to the other takes 12 minutes.

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport map

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport map

That’s because the lounge spans the entire length of the terminal, as it’s essentially just two levels above the main concourse.

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport concourse view

This means you can board your flight directly through the business class lounge.

Given the size of the lounge, the amenities are similar on both sides of the lounge.

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport hallway

It’s tough to actually provide a detailed description of the lounge’s layout, since it’s just so massive. All over the place there are tons of seating areas, with a variety of designs.

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport seating

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport seating

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport seating

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport seating

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport seating

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport seating

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport seating

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport seating

In addition to the seating areas there are gates all over the place, so some people choose to sit in the areas near their departure gate.

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport seating

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport gates

There are a couple of business centers, featuring cubicles. Some have computers, and some are just empty workspaces.

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport business center

There are also a few different rest areas. There are leather chairs with ottomans that have blankets for extra comfort.

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport rest area

Then there are also some partitioned off relaxation areas, most of which seemed to be in use (except the one I snapped a picture of, which had clearly just been used).

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport rest area

The lounge also has a couple of play areas for kids.

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport play area

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport play area

Then there are also a couple of cigar bars, which I’m sure any smoker will appreciate.

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport cigar bar

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport cigar bar

In terms of food, the lounge has several stations with drinks and light snacks, like nuts, hummus, etc.

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport dining area

Then there are two main dining areas. While the first class lounge features a la carte dining, the business class lounge only has a self serve buffet. There’s tons of seating in the dining areas, as you can see below.

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport dining area

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport dining area

In addition to tables with seating for 2-4 people, there’s also a communal table.

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport dining area

In terms of the food selection, there were several cold options, including salad, hummus, etc.

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport food selection

Then there were nuts, crackers, snack mix etc.

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport snacl selection

There were finger sandwiches, fresh fruit, cake, rolls, cookies, etc.

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport food selection

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport food selection

There were also a variety of hot options — I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport food selection

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport food selection

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport food selection

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport food selection

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport food selection

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport food selection

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport food selection

There was a selection of self serve liquor, with mostly good brands.

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport liquor selection

There was a selection of wine, as well as Moet champagne.

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport wine selection

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport wine selection

Then there was a coffee machine, a selection of still and sparkling Voss water, and a fridge with Haagzen-Dazs ice cream.

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport coffee machine

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport VOSS water

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport ice cream

Overall I thought the food and drink selection was reasonably good, though this is also perhaps the one area where the first class lounge is much better than the business class lounge, as it offers a proper sit-down a la carte meal.

In terms of the lounge’s other amenities, there were restrooms all over the place, including a couple with shower rooms. The shower rooms are nice enough, and each room has a sink, toilet, and shower with Timeless Spa amenities.

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport shower room

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport shower room

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Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai Airport shower room

Just outside the business class lounge is the Timeless Spa. It’s not limited to Emirates passengers, but rather anyone can have a treatment there (at a cost).

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Dubai Airport Six Senses Spa

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Dubai Airport Six Senses Spa

As a first class passenger you receive a complimentary 15 minute treatment, while as a business class passenger you only have the option of paying for a treatment. The menu read as follows:

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I decided to get a 25 minute foot massage. At $39, I didn’t think it was too unreasonably priced for an airport spa, though it wasn’t cheap either. The treatment was excellent, though.

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Dubai Airport Six Senses Spa

My flight was scheduled to board from gate A24 at 2:30PM. Gate A24 was right near the entrance to the lounge, and when you board through this entrance, you simply take an elevator down two levels, and then find yourself at the jet bridge.

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Emirates Business Class Lounge boarding gate

However, I opted not to board through the business class lounge for this flight. Why? Because my boarding pass had “SSSS” on it, which meant I was supposed to receive extra screening. I always try to be among the first to get on the plane so I can snap cabin pictures.

I figured if I boarded through the business class lounge I’d get my screening after boarding started, and would be among the last aboard. However, by going down to the main gate, I could get my screening done right away, and then board as soon as boarding started.

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Emirates boarding gate

The strategy worked, and sure enough I ended up being the first business class passenger onboard.

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To conclude, I’d like to share my thoughts on this lounge compared to other business class lounges, and also compared to Emirates’ first class lounge.

The Emirates business class lounge is quite similar to the first class lounge. The most noteworthy differences are:

  • The first class lounge has a la carte dining with proper table service, while the business class lounge is self serve
  • First class passengers get a complimentary 15 minute spa treatment, while business class passengers have to pay for treatments
  • The business class lounge is more crowded than the first class lounge, though as you can see, neither lounge is anything remotely approaching “crowded”

Compared to other business class lounges, the lounge is impressive and well designed. You have to love the fact that you can board your flight directly through the lounge, which is very convenient. Beyond that, the lounge has so many different zones to relax in, and wasn’t at all crowded.

That being said, the lounge is so big that it almost doesn’t feel like a lounge. It almost feels like a nice terminal, as you forget you’re in a lounge and not in an airport. I also don’t love the decor. It’s not bad, but for a lounge that’s only a few years old, I would have personally decorated it differently. Then again, it’s very much Emirates’ style.

If you’ve visited Emirates’ business class lounge in Dubai, what was your experience like?

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Comments

  1. @Lucky, did you actually time how long it took to walk the whole length? It wouldn’t surprise me given how thorough you are.

    I’ve been in the lounge several times and somehow missed the chairs with ottomans, the partitioned areas, and the ice cream fridge. Obviously I’ll have to walk round more next time!

  2. Just wondering why you got someone to drop you to the airport rather than using the complimentary chauffeur drive?

  3. @ Malc — Hah, I didn’t, but the 12 minute number sounded about right. I’ll time it next time — good point!

  4. Interesting. I flew through Dubai a couple months ago on my to Chicago from Delhi. My flights went in and out of concourse B, so I went to the business class lounge in that concourse for my overnight stay. It was nowhere near as large and impressive as this lounge. While happy to have a lounge to stay in for my long layover, I wasn’t bowled over.

  5. Did you run into a lot of the enemies, the Muslims? I hope you gathered a lot of Intel on these creatures. Heard they have three hands and four legs and eat little kids for breakfast.

    The fuhrer wants to reward you with a medal.

    Heil drumpf

  6. How was it sitting with all dem burqas they make my yellow skin crawl and all those induans in the lounge.

  7. Hey Ben, how did you use AS MP miles for this journey. I thought MP awards have to originate in the US. Your US flight started with air Canada in Tampa and I don’t believe they are MP partners so how did that work out? Unless I am mistaken on this fact.

  8. I have been Skywards blue, silver, gold and then again silver which is my present status. Given the fact that EK has changed the rule for free upgrades the premium memberships have little value now. But if there’s something I still get excited with is the Business class lounge even when I fly coach on Emirates. It’s the best that I have experienced so far. The free Costa coffee, the sumptuous meal and drink option can’t be matched by anyone. Big isn’t synonymous of good, but in this case it’s big and definitely the best as per my knowledge.

  9. I’ve been traveling in and out of Dubai since 1988 and have experienced the changes EK have made in their Skywards frequent flyer programe mostly to their benefit. However their business lounges around the world are truly amazing. The complimentary Chauffeur service is reliable and well organized. I was last in the Delhi & Dubai lounges in December 2016 and will be traveling business class next month so look forward to that.

  10. @ “ting tong”:
    if you harbor racist views, don’t be a coward by hiding your racial background and instead pretend to be Asian

  11. You should try using this lounge when it is busy (eg late at night / in the morning). It gets crowded. Every seat taken… it is a vastly different experience and not in a good way.

  12. Lucky –

    Long time reader needing some advice. I wasn’t sure where to ask this, but this seems as good of a post as ever. Was on a EK flight from KHI to DBX and eventually on to LAX. The First leg of the flight was delayed four hours which caused us to miss our flight to LAX. EK provided a hotel and transportation, but we got into LAX 24 hours laters than anticipated causing me to miss an extra day of work. Do I have any basis for compensation with regards to the original delay and then subsequently the missed flight? The reason for delay wasn’t weather related, all they said was that they couldn’t get the required paperwork from Dubai to take off on time. Any advice from you or any other readers would be greatly appreciated.

  13. Great lounge. When on the Syd to London run its makes a great place for a shower and bite to eat. Returning home it’s landing in the morning in Dubai so shower and breakfast. It can be busy in the middle of the night but as a lounge it’s right up there.

  14. @Lucky,
    Thanks for the review. Wife and I got to enjoy (perhaps for the first and only time) the Emirates First Class lounge last October on a Qantas LHR-DXB | DXB-SYD overnight layover. Was curious about the Business Class lounge one floor below. Don’t remember seeing [Haagen-Dazs] ice cream freezers in the First lounge, I probably would have eaten three pints if I had seen them. Two things from your review made me giggle…

    1. “While the first class lounge features a la carte dining, the business class lounge only has a self serve buffet.” Woe to the man (or woman) who must suffer the self-serve buffet. 🙂
    2. You posted the lounge’s WiFi password (photo) online… gasp.

    Anyway, enjoy your write-ups.

  15. I had the pleasure of using the First lounge at Dubai A380 terminal last year. It was very early (6am) so uncrowded. Yet the wait for a shower was 40 mins (showers are only available at the gate you arrive at/depart from) and the lounge was very humid. I know, first world problems, but it seems a little inadequate when has such a great reputation.

  16. Was there early morning at both the A and B concourse lounges. I much preferred the B lounge at that hour as the B lounge was much less crowded. A was so crowded, it was hard to find a place to sit. Also, B seemed to have slightly more food selections and sodas were available from a refrigerator, rather than having to ask.

  17. Hey Lucky,

    I spend way too much time in the Dubai Lounges. Terminal A is much nicer than B, but B has the Moet Champaign bar hidden in the back of the lounge so thats not too bad 🙂 The lounges do get very crowded at night and it will get even worse now that Emirates is allowing anyone to buy access. Being Gold with them used to mean something. Not so much any more 🙁

  18. “if you harbor racist views, don’t be a coward by hiding your racial background and instead pretend to be Asian”

    You don’t think Asians can be just as racist as anyone else? You racist.

    —-

    Donald Trump and Mike Pence are arriving at a press conference to announce more immigration reforms.

    Pence: We’re really squeezing those immigrants now.

    Trump: As far as I’m concerned, the less immigrants the better.

    Pence: The fewer.

    Trump: Hey. Don’t call me that in public. Not yet, anyway.

  19. I’m not a great Emirates fan but they get the lounges just about right. Most of their Business lounges offer decent, simple food and a relatively comfortable environment in which to eat it.
    Some of the a la carte F lounges have become rather too precious IMHO, believing their own PR hype but delivering indifferent food: QANTAS an obvious example; some try too hard, EG , QATAR.

    Emirates has the best range of lounges.

  20. While the staff are friendly and always helpful the business class lounge has a lot to answer for when it comes to the amenities.
    simply put it is a disgrace and completely inadequate, it is unable to cope with demand for showers and toilets.

    I travel through here a lot for business and being in the aviation game, it is by fair one of the worst compared to other airline lounges.

    peek period just can not cope and Emirates has a lot to answer for and must make a change and install more many more of the shower and toilet facilities.

    time periods in waiting are 15 to 25 mins for a shower and toilets can be 15 minutes or longer. completely unacceptable.

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