For several years, it was the largest business class lounge in the world, until Emirates decided to set the bar even higher and dedicated an entire floor to the business class lounge in the new Concourse A, its A380 hub. The club was renovated in 2016, to the tune of US$11 million, with several new zones in partnership with & Chandon, Voss Water and Costa Coffee.
Emirates Business Class Lounge design
The Concourse A lounge is so large that we still prefer the slightly more humane dimensions of the Concourse B lounge. Yet, with a space designed for close to 2,000 passengers, it will take a while to find your bearings — be sure to explore the many different areas, and note that there are entrances at either end of the lounge in addition to the main, central entrance.
The Emirates Business Class Lounge is located on a mezzanine above the concourse, and below the in-terminal airport hotel. The largely open layout, signature soaring roof, and abundant natural light foster a comforting sensation of space and freedom. The views on the tarmac are stunning and a delight for plane lovers.
The floor plan is a succession of seating and dining areas with slightly different vibes. There’s private seating with high back chairs by the edge of the mezzanine with a front-row view on the bustling concourse (though noise from below bleeds in), a reading zone with a large selection of newspapers and magazines, a relaxation area with a water feature, numerous dining areas with café style seating, a standing dining area (we have yet to figure its purpose), bar areas, and traditional seating areas with loungers and comfortable leather seats. Power outlets are located throughout, though unfortunately not at every seat — they’re obviously a late addition to the design, so you’ll find “power points” dotting the lounge, not always in the most convenient locations.
The décor varies with each area. There’s an Arabian section with dark red tones and carpets, indoor plants, lots of Italian marble, and the occasional odd choice of colors — the blue seats by the kids’ zone are somewhat of an acquired taste.
Emirates Business Class Lounge amenities
The Emirates Business Class Lounge at Dubai Airport Terminal 3 Concourse B boasts an outstanding array of amenities.
The food and beverage selection alone justifies a visit. With buffets located throughout the lounge, you won’t have to walk far to get a calorie fix, thought it may be wise to check out the whole selection beforehand, which is spread across multiple areas. Emirates caters to all tastes — healthy eaters will appreciate the juice bars and fresh salads, while at the other end of the spectrum, popcorn, hot dogs and ice cream are equally available. In between is a wide range of tasty international appetizers and dishes. The food is plentiful and constantly replenished, even in the middle of the night. Drinks wise, beer, wine, Champagne and spirits are available, and waiters roam the room to take cocktail orders. Whatever one’s sentiments may be about the overall design of the lounge and the “bling” factor, we strongly believe that the food selection won’t disappoint even the most discerning palate.
The Emirates Business Class Lounge at Concourse B was recently renovated, and features a set of new zones in partnership with major brands. The health hub, presented by Voss Water, offers a selection of fruit, water infusions, juices, smoothies gourmet sandwiches, wraps, and salads. Barista service is available at the Costa Coffee zone. Finally, the Moët & Chandon lounge—featuring a golden wave with 2,400 gold leaves—offers a selection of complimentary Moët Impérial, Moët Rosé Impérial, Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage and Moët Nectar Impérial, along with fine sweet and savory canapés and macarons.
The showers, on the other hand, are somehow the lowlight of the otherwise luxurious Emirates Business Class lounge. Despite the sheer amount of real estate available, the airline has favored locker room style cabins in lieu of more elegant and better appointed shower suites. The showers come with towels and Timeless Spa amenities, but provide just enough space to undress. You’ll need to use the sinks in the public area, and toilets are in another room altogether. Furthermore, the ventilation isn’t always effective. And then, there’s the fact that there are few showers overall relative to the number of passengers, so a line should be expected at peak times. If you’d like a more comfortable shower experience, consider using the new Concourse A lounge where true shower suites are available.
If your shower experience wasn’t relaxing enough, consider paying a visit to the Timeless Spa, conveniently located on site. You may choose between a variety of 15 minute complimentary services including massages and haircuts. 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.)
Other amenities include prayer rooms, a business center with self-service computers, a fully enclosed and well-appointed family room with video games and Haagen Dazs ice cream, and a smoking section.
Emirates Business Class Lounge bottom line
Overall, the Emirates Business Class Lounge at Dubai Airport Terminal 3 Concourse B is a real treat and easily one of the best business class lounges in the world.
The sheer size of the facility may not be a novelty anymore (the Concourse A lounge is even larger), the décor might occasionally be a bit kitschy, and the showers may disappoint. But the variety of spaces, the breadth of amenities, and the outstanding food and beverage selection make this lounge a destination in itself. Enjoy!
You may have access to Emirates Business 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 Business Class Lounge at Dubai - International (DXB) welcomes:Guests must be traveling on the same flight. Passengers may purchase access for additional guests at USD 100 per guest. View detailed access rules at emirates.com.
- Emirates First class passengers (+1 guest)
- Emirates Business class passengers (no guests)
- Emirates Skywards Gold and Platinum members departing on an Emirates flight (+1 guest)
- Emirates Skywards Silver members departing on an Emirates flight (no guests)
- Emirates Skywards Blue members departing on an Emirates flight, for a USD 100 fee for four hours (no guests)