The Dubai International Business Class lounge at Dubai airport is a bit of a misnomer — it is not a lounge for all Business Class passengers, but rather a contract facility operated by the in-terminal Dubai International Hotel, which also runs the adjacent Dubai International First Class lounge. Both lounges are contracted by different airlines but offer virtually the same amenities. The Dubai International Business Class lounge also functions as a pay-in facility and welcomes Priority Pass and Lounge Club members.
Dubai International Business Class Lounge DXB design
Located within the older Terminal 1, Concourse C, the Dubai International Business Class lounge hasn’t changed since its opening. A visit is like a trip down the memory lane: picture marble floors, wood panels, oversized, worn and predominantly red armchairs and couches, neon lighting, and a large smoking room, all without a power outlet in sight — a form of anti-design, in fact. Yet, the space has redeeming factors: the layout is spacious, the oversized furniture gives patrons a fair amount of personal space, and the airport’s soaring roof provides both plenty of daylight and exciting views on the tarmac.
Dubai International Business Class Lounge DXB amenities
The draw of the lounge is unquestionably its splendid buffet, which beats all expectations from a contract lounge. Again, the design of the buffet won’t earn any awards, but the selection includes a vast assortment of appetizers, hot and cold entrees, and desserts — more than enough for a full meal on the ground. Self-service liquor is also available from an in-wall dispenser.
Other amenities include a few work cubicles, some with self-service computers, a small selection of magazines, as well as a single massage chair.
Dubai International Business Class Lounge DXB bottom line
Overall, the Dubai International Business Class lounge is essentially a rather hideous lounge with good food and good views. As far as Terminal 1 goes, it is actually the best contract lounge along with the adjacent Dubai International First Class lounge — an alternative for Priority Pass holders is the Marhaba lounge, which, while a touch more modern, is more cramped overall.