Review: SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport

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As a Jet Airways business class passenger I had access to the Marhaba Lounge, which I reviewed in the last installment. However, the SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Terminal 1 is also part of Priority Pass, so I decided to check that out, to see how it compares. As a reminder, here’s a table with some of the major credit cards offering Priority Pass memberships, as well as their respective guesting rules:

Card# Of Guests Who Get Free AccessAuthorized User AccessCost To Add Authorized User
The Platinum Card® from American Express2Yes$175 For Up To 3 People, $175 For Each Additional Person Beyond That
The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN2Yes$300 Per Person
Citi Prestige® Card2 Guests Or Immediate Family MembersYes$50 Per Person
The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit CardUnlimited GuestsYes$0
Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ CardUnlimited GuestsYes$75 Per Person


Dubai Airport Terminal 1

The SkyTeam lounge was a very short walk from the Marhaba Lounge, near the center of the lounge area on the second floor of Terminal 1. The lounge has a modern exterior that’s similar to the other SkyTeam lounges I’ve visited around the world.


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport exterior

At reception I presented my Priority Pass card and was asked to sign. Then I was admitted into the lounge.


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport reception

Since I was there midday, the lounge was pretty empty. This lounge was much more my style than the Marhaba Lounge. Past the entrance and to the right was most of the seating, with a selection of seats set up in rows. There was tons of seating, though I was a bit annoyed at the lack of easy to access power ports.


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport seating


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport seating

Along the far wall was a counter with high-top seating.


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport seating

To the side of this section was a TV room and a kids room.


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport TV & kids room

The TV room consisted of an “L” shaped couch facing a TV. Personally I really like the concept of a TV room, since it drives me nuts when there’s a TV on at full volume in a lounge. Personally I have a hard time concentrating when that’s the case.


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport TV room

Then there was a kids room, which wasn’t really a traditional kids room with toys, etc., but rather just another TV room.


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport kids room

There was also a business center with some PCs and a printer.


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport business center

Back near the entrance was a roped off area. My guess is that this is for Air France first class customers and other VIPs, given that SkyTeam lounges often have these private spaces for those purposes.


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport private area

Near the buffet was a magazine and newspaper rack.


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport magazine & newspaper selection

There was a bit more seating on this side of the lounge, including a dining area.


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport seating


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport seating

The dining area had tables with two seats each, as well as some tables with one seat along a bench.


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport dining area

There was also some seating along a counter.


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport dining area

The buffet was near the entrance to the lounge, and was visually appealing, as it was set along a wall with a bunch of plants.


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport buffet


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport buffet

The selection was pretty good, with lots of fresh veggies, hummus, pasta, salad, etc.


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport food selection

There was a large selection of desserts, yogurt, whole fruit, etc.


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport food selection


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport food selection


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport food selection

There were also half a dozen hot dishes.


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport food selection


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport food selection

Below is just a sampling of the hot food in the lounge.


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport food selection


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport food selection


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport food selection


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport food selection

Then there was a station with soft drinks, water, and a coffee machine.


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport drink selection

Next to the buffet area was a circular room with the alcohol selection, which was gorgeous as well. I really dig the SkyTeam lounge design.


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport drink selection


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport drink selection

For a lounge that can be accessed with Priority Pass, they have a pretty decent alcohol selection, in my opinion.


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport drink selection


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport drink selection


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport drink selection

There were also some basic bar snacks, as well as beer, soft drinks, and water.


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport drink selection

The lounge also had a few private shower rooms. While the showers themselves looked nice, the rooms were tiny, and there were no toilets in the shower rooms.


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport shower room


SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport shower room

I spent about an hour in the SkyTeam Lounge before eventually heading to my gate.

SkyTeam Lounge Dubai bottom line

The SkyTeam Lounge Dubai is gorgeous, and I far preferred it to the Marhaba Lounge. The lounge has a bright and modern design, a good food and drink selection, showers, and wasn’t crowded at all when I was there. If you have a Priority Pass membership and are departing from Terminal 1, this is the lounge to use, in my opinion.

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Comments

  1. Lucky,
    Terminal 1 is now connected to Concourse D rather than Concourse C.
    Emirates took over Concourse C last year.
    What are your impressions of the new terminal?

  2. Very nice. I haven’t flown through DBX in a couple years, mostly through AUH, when I’m headed to the UAE. This lounge makes a world of difference for SkyTeam elites. The old AF lounge was really awful.

  3. Ahh it looks like they removed the PlayStation 4 from the kids room, I enjoyed playing some games back then when I was in the lounge a year ago :p

  4. Considering the competition in the Middle East, it’s disappointing that Sky Team — KLM and Air France both fly here (Delta did previously) — that there isn’t a Sky Team business-class lounge.

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