- 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
Emirates operates no less than three First Class lounges at their Dubai hub, in Concourses A, B, and C. The centrally-located Terminal 3 Concourse B location is perhaps the flashiest one—with water features, an Arabian theme, and a dozen bistro areas with menu selections inspired by the airline’s global destinations. But it’s neither the newest, nor the largest: that distinction belongs to the First Class Lounge in Concourse A, which was custom-built for A380 service. First Class passengers and Skywards Platinum members are welcome to use any of the three lounges. Skywards members traveling in economy or business class are welcome to purchase access, for a hefty fee.
Emirates First Class Lounge DXB design
The sprawling Emirates First Class Lounge at Dubai International Airport, Terminal 3, Concourse B, used to be the largest First Class Lounge in the world, until it was dethroned by Emirates itself, with the opening of the new Concourse A where an entire floor is dedicated to First Class passengers. Regardless, the dimensions of the Concourse B club are still a sight to behold.
A dramatic lobby adorned with water features leads to an extravaganza that reflects the unique ethos of Emirates’ brand and design. From kitschy Arabian-inspired zone to a serene living room area by the water, there’s something for every mood—and every taste.
Situated on an open mezzanine floor, the lounge is bathed in daylight, and patrons can glimpse at the ballet of departures and arrivals through the terminal’s soaring windows. Unfortunately, noise from the lower concourse bleeds in, and some seats feel oddly exposed.
The lounge was recently lightly renovated and features fresh furniture and a slightly more subdued color palette. Unfortunately, power outlets remain relatively sparse. Then again, there’s hardly anyone in the lounge outside peak times, and there’s no shortage of lamps to unplug in a pinch.
Emirates First Class Lounge DXB amenities
The food and beverage offering alone justifies a visit to Emirates First Class lounges. The airline offers an extensive selection of snacks, appetizers, small plates, cold and hot entrees, and desserts, with a range of local and international specialties. Themed self-service buffets are located throughout the lounge, with options ranging from Japanese to Mediterranean. Patrons are also welcome to order from a server wherever they are seated.
For a more formal dining experience, head over to the central restaurant area, near the open kitchen. Choose a table or a booth, and order from an expansive a-la-carte menu which includes wine pairings. Fresh flowers at every table, VOSS water, French butter, and a generous bread basket underscore the attention to detail.
Should you wish to expand your horizons and taste additional wines, you might appreciate the on-site wine shop, Le Clos. The store offers complimentary tastings as well as a vast array of wines for purchase..
Weary travelers will find a dark slumber room with recliners, VOSS water, eye masks, and pillows. The lounge is open 24 hours a day, so it is possible to stay overnight on a long layover—or even to skip a traditional hotel prior to an early flight. Note however that privacy is limited as there are no individual rooms; but then again there are few patrons at all.
The Timeless Spa situated within the lounge offers a variety of 15 minute treatments, as well as a vast array of additional services for purchase. Be sure to sign up early as spots may fill up fast. For more details on spa treatments, read our review of the Timeless Spa at Concourse A (the Concourse B spa is smaller but is located within the lounge, making it more convenient overall.)
Shower rooms are available, though they look like an after-thought. The design—individual cramped shower cubicles with shared sinks—is reminiscent of a health club and doesn’t belong in a First Class lounge. To make matters worse, there are no toilets nearby. The Timeless Spa bath products are the only redeeming factor. Consider heading over to the newer Concourse A lounge for a proper shower experience and additional privacy.
Other amenities include prayer rooms, colorful family rooms with toys and video games, as well as a smoking area. (For a complete cigar lounge experience, again we recommend visiting the First Class Lounge in Concourse A.
Emirates First Class Lounge DXB bottom line
Overall, the Emirates First Class Lounge at Dubai International Airport, Terminal 3, Concourse B is a remarkable lounge with a unique design, a profusion of elaborate food and drinks, and friendly service around the clock. It’s unfortunate however that recent renovations did not address the lack of power outlets and poorly designed showers.
Whether to visit the Concourse B lounge or the new flagship Concourse A club (time permitting) is a personal choice. The First Class Lounge in Concourse A—the largest First Class lounge in the world—sports a more subdued design and is generally quieter. It also features an incredible Cigar bar and true shower suites. The Concourse B lounge has more humane dimensions, the convenience of an on-site spa, and a variety of seating areas for every mood.
Just be sure to monitor your flight. Emirates does not escort First Class passengers to their gate, which might be located as far as 15 minutes away.
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.
Access for eligible customers traveling on the following oneworld member airlines only.
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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.