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- Complimentary cold buffet
- Complimentary hot buffet
- Complimentary full service restaurant
- Complimentary soft drinks
- Complimentary full bar
- Air conditioning
- Barista coffee
- Flight information monitors
- Newspapers and magazines
- Prayer room
- Shoe shine
Located in the original section of the airport—which does feels somewhat drab compared to the newer concourses, the First Class Lounge in Concourse C is far more modest than its newer and much more exuberant counterparts in Terminal 3 Concourse A and Concourse B. It’s also smaller—by order of magnitudes—but rarely gets busy since relatively few flights depart from Terminal 1.
Emirates First Class Lounge DXB design
The small and low key reception area opens onto a lobby featuring a soothing water feature with changing lights. The eye is immediately drawn to the soaring ceilings – the lounge stretches on two levels, with a mezzanine overlooking the ground floor. The grand windows boast exciting views of the tarmac and let plenty of light in.
Overall, the design is relatively plain. While all the ingredients that make up an Emirates lounge are present, such as the marble floors and Rolex clocks, there is a certain simplicity to the space. The benefit of the small space is that patrons don’t need to walk miles, as they do at the sprawling Concourse A lounge.
Emirates First Class Lounge DXB amenities
Both levels feature open seating and dining areas, with power outlets at every seat. Sit anywhere and a discreet and attentive staff member will promptly present you with a menu. You may order drinks and cooked to order food from any seat in the house, although for a full meal the dining rooms may be more convenient. Should the 10-some page generous selection not satisfy you or should you be in a hurry, a buffet is available at all times. Emirates’ food and beverage selection is a true highlight, with fresh, high quality dishes, and a large selection of alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks. The chefs are also known to be creative, should an idea off the menu strike your fancy.
The mezzanine includes a smoking area, a quiet zone, and a slumber room. The dimly lit sleeping quarters feature recliners outfitted with pillows, eye shades, and bottles of VOSS water. The ability to take a nap may come in handy for travelers departing at odd times—the lounge is open 24 hours a day to match the traffic patterns in and out of Dubai airport. That being said, privacy is limited—the room is essentially akin to a (luxurious) dorm. There are semi-private alcoves, but no doors or private sleeping pods.
Showers available, though they fail to impress. Designed in a “locker-room” style, the small cabins provide just enough space to undress; you’ll need to use the sinks in the shared area, and the toilets are in a different area altogether. (Note that Emirates has addressed this flaw at the new Concourse A lounge.) On the brighter side, bathrooms are outfitted with high-end Timeless Spa products.
Other amenities include newspapers and magazines, as well as a charging station – essentially locker style cabinets with a variety of cables and power tips. It’s unlikely to be of much use in the age of USB chargers but could occasionally be a life saver.
Emirates First Class Lounge DXB bottom line
The Emirates First Class Lounge at Dubai International Airport Terminal 1 Concourse C is a pleasant, quiet and enjoyable lounge, with high end features, a rich set of amenities, and delicious food and beverages. Terminal 1 isn’t the most exciting place to be, and some passengers may prefer the grand lounges in Concourse A and Concourse B, but the more intimate, modest and perhaps genuine character of the Terminal 1 lounge may be appealing to some.
The following is a typical sample selection; actual choices may vary. All food and drinks are complimentary.
- Fresh juices, smoothies, daily detox drink
- Natural or fruit yoghurt
- Swiss Bircher muesli
- Tropical fresh fruit skewers
- Florida cocktail of fresh orange and pink grapefruit segments
- Warm Scottish porridge
- Fresh eggs cooked to order
- Scrambled eggs finished with cream or herbs
- Poached eggs
- Boiled eggs served with “marmite soldiers”
- Poached scottish kipper fillets with roesti potatoes and cherry tomatoes
- Salmon, potato and parsley fishcakes
- Herb crepes rolled and filled with woodlands mushrooms a la crème, with fresh asparagus and grilled tomato
- Veal or chicken grilled sausage
- Butter field mushrooms
- Roesti potatoes
- Grilled tomatoes
- Baked beans
- Waffles freshly made to order, served with fresh berries and whipped creams
- American pancake stack with maple syrup, powder sugar and strawberries
- Fresh mussels – warm New Zealand mussels served on a bed of sauteed spinach, gratinated with saffron sauce with wafer of crisp semolina
- Golden spring rolls – vegetable spring rolls, served with coriander pesto dip and spicy corn salad
- Buffalo mozzarella cheese – baby buffalo mozzarella cheese bathed in fresh basil pesto and garnished with vine ripened yellow and red cherry tomatoes
- Tuna carpaccio – wafer thin slices of tuna dressed with an oriental salad of courgettes, tomatoes, onions and peppers tossed with chili, lime and coriander
- Garden leaf salad – assorted seasonal leaves with mushrooms, sundried tomato and micro herbs with a parmesan cheese tuille and balsamic vinaigrette dressing
- Palm heart salad, with crisp apple and crumbled feta cheese set on a fresh celery jelly tossed with apple vinaigrette
- Chicken and barley soup – a light clear chicken broth with barley, garnished with carrot and sprinkled with chervil
- Roasted tomato soup – homemade soup of oven-roasted fresh plum tomato, served with finely diced courgettes and finished with a quenelle of crème fraiche
- Chicken pahadi kebab – chicken marinated mint, coriander and mild spaces, cooked in the tandoor, served with cumin rice and cooling raita, accompined with a crisp salad
- Risotto primavera – risotto of baby spinach with asparagus, peas, young sweet carrots and fresh parmesan choeese topped with rocket
- Grilled beef steak – prime fillet of beef served with pike peppercorn bearnaise sauce, smoked bell puree, wilted spinach and filled French a la ratte potatoes
- Fresh breast of chicken – Breast of chicken marinated with maple syrup, served with grilled avocado, cabbage colesaw and griddled sweet corn pancakes
- Fillet of grouper – fresh grouper fish fillet topped with a herb crust, presented on a seafood-asparagus cassoulet
- Vegetable jaipuri – miled spiced mixed vegetable curry of green beans, peas, tomatoes, green pepper and carrot cooked in traditional Jaipuri style, served with raisin and cashew nut pulao
- Lamb loin – seared prime Austrlian loin of lamb with a blackberry sauce, garnished with young vegetables, accompanied by a grilled gorgozonla polenta
- Classic club sandwich – toasted farmhouse white bread layered with emmenthal cheese, smoked turkey, hard boiled egg, tomatoes and crisp veal bacon, moistened with tapenade and served with our special French fries and mustard
- Grilled fillet steak sandwich – served with onions, mushrooms, red and green peppers, topped with cheese on a crusty ciabatta, offered with fried potato wedges
- Chocolate parfait mousse - classic triple layered milk and dark chocolate parfait mousse garnished with chocolate mousse and almond tuille
- Crème caramel - homemade crème caramel made with dairy milk, fresh eggs ad sugar, finished with golden caramel and a confit of fresh orange
- Rocky road - chocolate and hazelnuts on a bed of dark chocolate with rosewater jelly and fresh raspberries
- Halawat al jibin - local sweet specialty of cheese with whipped cream
- Chocolates and petits fours - miniature rabic treats, white and dark fig truffles
- Bacardi 8 years
- Bombay Sapphire Gin
- Woodford Reserve 15 years
- Chivas Regal 18 years
- Canadian club
- Grey Goose vodka
- Southern comfort, tequila
- Black russian
- Bloody mary
- Bucks fizz
- Champagne cocktail
- Kir royal
- Martini cocktail classic
- Vodka martini
- Arabian sunset
- Passion quila
- Signature mocktails
- Grand Marnier
- Tia Maria
- Crème de Cassis
- Cherry brandy
- Cinzano (bianco)
You may have access to Emirates First Class Lounge as a premium customer of one of the following airlines, or as an elite member of their frequent flyer program. Check the Access rules tab for more details.
Emirates First Class Lounge at Dubai - International (DXB) welcomes:
- Emirates First class passengers (+1 guest)
- Emirates Skywards Platinum members departing on an Emirates flight (+1 adult guest + 2 minors)
- Emirates Skywards Gold members departing on an Emirates flight, for a USD 100 fee for four hours (no guests)
- Emirates Skywards Silver members departing on an Emirates flight, for a USD 100 fee for four hours (no guests)
- Emirates Skywards Blue members departing on an Emirates flight, for a USD 200 fee for four hours (no guests)
Guests must be traveling on the same flight. Minors are defined as children under 17. Passengers may purchase access for additional guests at USD 200 per guest.