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Introduction: A Quick Jaunt On Saudia, Jet, And Tunisair
Review: Korean Air First Class Lounge New York JFK Airport
Review: Saudia First Class 777-300ER New York To Riyadh
Review: Saudia First Class Lounge Riyadh Airport
Review: Saudia First Class 777-300ER Riyadh To Dubai
Review: Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights
Review: Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport
Review: SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport
Review: Jet Airways Business Class 737 Dubai To Mumbai
Review: GVK Lounge Mumbai Airport
Review: Jet Airways First Class 777-300ER Mumbai To London
Review: Yotel London Heathrow Terminal 4
Review: SkyTeam Lounge London Heathrow Airport
Review: Tunisair A320 Business Class London To Tunis
Review: Sheraton Tunis
Review: Tunis Airport Lounge
Review: Tunisair Business Class A330 Tunis To Montreal
A friend dropped me off at Dubai Airport Terminal 1 shortly after 11AM, plenty early for my 3:10PM flight to Mumbai. I had a bit of work to catch up on and also wanted to review a couple of lounges, so I left plenty of time.
Unfortunately this turned into a bit of an issue at check-in. Even though the Jet Airways check-in counter was open, they insisted I couldn’t yet check-in for my flight (and for whatever reason I couldn’t check-in online). However, after asking again and explaining I only had hand baggage, they eventually let me check-in, after a roughly 20 minute wait.
Dubai’s Terminal 1 is quite empty during the day, so there were no queues at immigration or security. I found myself airside within five minutes of when my boarding pass was issued. Once airside I had to take a train to get to the part of the terminal where the lounges and gates are located.
I followed the signage in the direction of the lounges, which are all located in one area on the second level of the terminal.
I was amused by the solution the airport had for pretending that the Qatar Airways lounge never existed on the lounge directory — that’s quite an interesting situation.
Jet Airways uses the Marhaba Lounge for their premium cabin passengers, which is also a Priority Pass lounge. 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 Access||Authorized User Access||Cost To Add Authorized User|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express||2||Yes||$175 For Up To 3 People, $175 For Each Additional Person Beyond That|
|The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN||2||Yes||$300 Per Person|
|The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card||Unlimited Guests||Yes||$0|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card||Unlimited Guests||Yes||$75 Per Person|
At the entrance I presented my boarding pass and invitation, and was promptly admitted.
The lounge itself was reasonably decent, at least compared to some of the other outdated lounges I’ve visited in the Middle East in the past. The furniture was at least reasonably modern and in good condition.
Near the entrance was a small seating area with maybe a couple of dozens seats.
Past that was the biggest part of the lounge, which consisted of dozens upon dozens of seats. Most were arranged as small dining tables with two seats each.
Then off to the side were some padded leather chairs for relaxing.
In the back of the lounge was yet another small room with maybe a couple of dozen seats.
The weirdest part of the lounge was what was past that. There was a glass door leading to another room with no signage, which had plenty of seating.
That led to yet another room. However, as I got there an associate came running up to me to ask which airline I was flying. When I told her Jet Airways, she said I wasn’t allowed to use this lounge. Very odd, as there seemed to be a lounge within a lounge, though there’s not actually any signage as to where one lounge ends and the next one starts.
When I first arrived the lounge was fairly full, but it emptied out quite a bit by 1PM.
Back towards the entrance of the lounge was a self serve buffet. There was a selection of liquor, water, soft drinks, and wine.
Then there was a reasonably decent food selection.
There was salad, pasta, finger sandwiches, wraps, yogurt, sweets, whole fruit, etc.
There was also a selection of about half a dozen hot dishes. I generally try not to eat hot food in contract lounges, so I only took a few pictures — the food for the most part wasn’t my taste, but didn’t look bad.
Then there was a selection of Arabic coffee, juice, and packaged carbs.
I spent about an hour in the lounge getting caught up on work, and then headed over to the nearby SkyTeam lounge so I could review that, given that it’s also part of Priority Pass.
With my flight scheduled to depart at 3:10PM, I headed to my departure gate at around 2PM. My flight was departing from gate D18, which was a ways from the lounges. It was about a 10 minute walk, and that’s with walking at a very fast pace.
There were two Jet Airways flights departing just minutes apart (one to Delhi and one to Mumbai) from adjacent gates, which caused a bit of confusion among passengers. At 2:15PM boarding began, a full 55 minutes before departure. There wasn’t an announcement, but rather they just started letting people onboard, so I quickly followed, in hopes of snagging some cabin pictures.
Marhaba Lounge Dubai bottom line
There are Marhaba Lounges in Terminals 1, 2, and 3, which I believe makes them the largest operator of contract lounges at the airport. Ultimately this was a perfectly fine contract lounge. I’ve certainly been to nicer contract lounges, though I’ve also been to much worse ones. At least this lounge had reasonably modern furniture, was clean and spacious, and had functioning wifi. I wouldn’t arrive early to spend any time in the lounge, though it’s also not a bad place to kill some time.
Stay tuned for the next installment, to see how the SkyTeam lounge compares.