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, you are still likely to be stunned by the dimensions of the Concourse B lounge. The entrance sets the tone: with water features, a map, and directional signs, you know you’re not at the average run of the mill lounge.
The lounge boasts numerous seating areas with different vibes. Close to the entrance, you’ll get to relax by water features, while further, you may enjoy a kitschy but fun Arabian decor. If you’d rather gaze at the bustling (but noisy) activity at the concourse level, you’re in luck — the lounge is on a mezzanine overlooking the concourse. Or perhaps you’d like to watch planes: most seats offer exciting tarmac views, thanks to the airport’s soaring ceilings and windows. With so many options, and so few patrons outside peak times, you won’t have a problem finding the spot that fits your mood.
For all its beauty and glory, the space is a bit past its prime and could use a touch up. Notably, power outlets, while widely available, are somewhat inconvenient to use: they were obviously retrofitted after the lounge opened in the form of “power points” dotting the space, in lieu of an outlet at every seat.
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. Self-service buffets are located throughout the lounge, but patrons may also order cooked-to-order items from the numerous servers who roam the lounge. A large open kitchen flanks a beautiful formal dining room with both private booths and open café style seating, where passengers may enjoy full table service with linen and attentive waiter service. The attention to details is second to none, with flowers at every table, fancy VOSS water, and a generous bread basket.
Should you wish to expand your horizons and taste additional wines, you might appreciate the on-site wine shop, Le Clos, where you can request sample pours and purchase bottles.
If you are tired or need to relax, how about a nap or a visit to the spa? A dark slumber room features recliners outfitted with VOSS water, eye masks, and pillows. The lounge is open 24 hours a day, so you might even consider staying overnight if your flight departs early in the morning. Do note however that there are no individual rooms or “real” flat beds — the amenity is meant as a convenience but is no substitute for a proper hotel room. As for spa treatments, you may choose between a variety of 15 minute complimentary services including massages and haircuts at the on-site Timeless Spa. Just 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.)
Showers are of course available, though they’re somehow the lowlight of this otherwise luxurious lounge.
For reasons that we can’t quite grasp, Emirates has chosen to build basic locker-room style cabins in lieu of more elegant shower suites. The 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. It’s not uncommon to see folks shaving and brushing their teeth in the open bathroom area while waiting for a shower booth. That’s something we’d expect from a health club, not from one of the most luxurious First Class lounges in the world. (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 prayer rooms, well-appointed family rooms, as well as a smoking room (but no fancy cigar lounge like at the Concourse A lounge.)
Emirates First Class Lounge DXB bottom line
Overall, the Emirates First Class Lounge at Dubai International Airport, Terminal 3, Concourse B is an outstanding lounge, with a profusion of high-end food and drinks and friendly service at your fingertips. The two lowlights are the poorly designed showers and lack of power outlets.
Many travelers question whether to visit the Concourse B lounge or the new flagship Concourse A facilities. It’s a matter of taste. The novelty of an entire concourse floor dedicated to First Class passengers, and often devoid of passengers, is an experience in itself. The Concourse B lounge is somewhat less modern, and lacks amenities such as the Cigar bar and true shower suites. On the other hand, we prefer its (somewhat) more humane dimensions, as well as the convenience of an on-site spa. We also find the décor of the Concourse B lounge to be less cookie cutter. The restaurant area is especially gorgeous.
If you can, arrive early to enjoy this luxurious facility — it’s an experience not to be missed. Just be sure to monitor your flight, as unfortunately Emirates does not provide escorts, and your gate may be far away.
The following is a typical sample selection; actual choices may vary. All food and drinks are complimentary.A la carte breakfast (4am to 10am)ContinentalHot breakfast
- 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
Lunch and dinner (11am to 3am)AppetizersSoups
- 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
Bar serviceAperitifsSelection of international beers Cocktails
- 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
Wines Champagne Moet Chandon Brut imperial Liqueurs
- 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.
Japan Airlines (JL)
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.