Previous to my FlyDubai Boeing 737 MAX enterprise class flight to Belgrade, I had the possibility to take a look at the Emirates enterprise class lounge positioned in Concourse B of Terminal 3 at Dubai Worldwide Airport (DXB). That is one in every of Emirates’ two greatest enterprise class lounges on the airport (together with the one in Concourse A, which I’ve reviewed), and it was absolutely renovated in 2016.
There’s quite a bit to like about this large lounge — it has stable meals, all types of various zones you’ll be able to sit in, and likewise some distinctive facilities, like a Costa Espresso stand, a champagne bar, and a well being zone. Nevertheless, there are additionally some drawbacks.
Emirates enterprise class check-in Dubai
FlyDubai primarily operates out of Terminal 2 at Dubai Airport, although in the intervening time the service is working choose flights out of Terminal 3. To be sincere I used to be bummed about that. I needed to take a look at the FlyDubai lounge in Terminal 2, however they received’t allow you to within the terminal there until your flight departs from the terminal (and belief me, I attempted).
Objectively departing from Terminal 3 is an improve, for the reason that Emirates lounge is presumably higher than the FlyDubai lounge, however after all I additionally wish to assessment new experiences.
Anyway, in Terminal 3 there’s a devoted space for first & enterprise class passengers, and I used to be printed a boarding move for my flight to Belgrade very quickly. I then headed straight by safety.
Emirates enterprise class lounge Dubai location & hours
When you’re in Concourse B, it’s fairly simple to seek out the Emirates enterprise class lounge. The doorway is positioned between gates B16 and B18, and the signage is obvious.
The lounge is positioned one stage above the concourse, and could be accessed by elevators or escalators.
When you go up a stage, the doorway to the enterprise class lounge is to the left.
All Emirates lounges in Dubai are open 24/7, reflecting that the airline has flights all hours of the day and night time.
Emirates enterprise class lounge Dubai entry necessities
The Emirates enterprise class lounge is open to the next passengers:
- Emirates & FlyDubai enterprise class passengers
- Emirates Skywards Silver & Gold members
- Entry could be bought — when you’re in Emirates economic system class, you should buy entry for $150 ($125 when you’re a Skywards member)
Emirates enterprise class lounge Dubai seating & format
The Emirates enterprise class lounge Dubai is huge, and has seating for 1,500 folks. When Emirates renovated the lounge in 2016 it claimed that the lounge is 10,000 sq. toes, although that’s positively not right. I believe the lounge is definitely 10,000 sq. meters, which is ~108,000 sq. toes. That sounds about proper to me, as this lounge is sort of as giant because the Emirates top notch lounge.
There’s loads of signage all through the lounge, which is required, as a result of in any other case it’s simple to get misplaced.
There’s a phenomenal seating setup simply inside the doorway, which frankly is by far probably the most elegant a part of the lounge. Nevertheless, it’s additionally the least utilized, since there’s probably the most foot site visitors close to right here, and it’s additionally fairly removed from the meals & drink stations.
To offer you a way of the lounge’s format, it’s lengthy and skinny and positioned above the principle a part of the concourse, so all through the lounge you’ll be able to see how busy it’s down within the terminal.
Due to the format, there’s a lot of seating alongside this central walkway of the lounge.
There are infinite seating preparations.
One aspect of the lounge has extra conventional lounge seating, with leather-based chairs in rows going through each other. This aspect is good for individuals who aren’t seeking to dine.
In the meantime the opposite aspect of the lounge is devoted to eating. I used to be within the lounge throughout a largely quiet time (round 2PM till 5PM), and it’s simply type of unbelievable how a lot empty seating there may be within the lounge. I’ll let the images of the seating within the eating space communicate largely for themselves, however it’s really infinite.
One irritating side of the lounge seating is the dearth of shops. Many of the tables don’t have any shops. I assume the airline simply didn’t need to put money into that, since that will be costly to retrofit.
If you happen to look fastidiously, the lounge additionally has a few semi-private pods alongside the middle space, that are cool. They virtually really feel like top notch suites.
Anyway, the lounge is extremely spacious, and the renovation in 2016 makes the lounge really feel a lot nicer than it was earlier than. Nevertheless, even with the renovation I wouldn’t precisely name it innovative. Then once more, we’re speaking about Emirates, which has traditionally taken design cues from Las Vegas within the Nineteen Nineties.
Emirates enterprise class lounge Dubai eating
Eating in Emirates’ enterprise class lounge is totally from buffets, with an in depth choice. I additionally recognize that the lounge has “open” kitchens, so you’ll be able to see the meals being cooked — they’re not simply microwaving stuff.
Given the potential variety of passengers on this lounge, Emirates has (neatly) unfold out the buffets, in order that there’s not an excessive amount of crowding in a single space. There’s one buffet for Center Jap & Western meals, there’s one other buffet for Asian meals, after which there’s a separate dessert buffet.
Truthfully the meals choice was surprisingly tasty. I often draw back from buffets in lounges, however I attempted some gadgets right here, and loved all of them. Beneath is a sampling of among the stuff on provide.
I notably loved among the Indian vegetarian meals, in addition to among the Center Jap dips.
When it comes to drinks, there have been a number of espresso machines, tea, and self-serve wine and liquor.
Emirates enterprise class lounge Dubai well being hub
When Emirates renovated the enterprise class lounge, it launched a number of new ideas. A type of is a well being hub, supposed to have wholesome eating choices. This included nonetheless and glowing water, bread rolls, recent fruit, a number of pre-made salads, and even a make-your-own-salad choice.
Emirates enterprise class lounge Dubai champagne bar
The Emirates enterprise class lounge has a Moet & Chandon champagne bar. What a cool amenity, as even the primary class lounge doesn’t have a characteristic like this. It’s visually a cool area too.
The champagne is self-serve, and through my go to there have been 4 decisions:
- Moet & Chandon Imperial
- Moet & Chandon Rose Imperial
- Moet & Chandon Nectar Imperial
- Moet & Chandon Grand Classic 2013
That is an exceptionally good champagne choice for a enterprise class lounge, particularly the 2013 classic. Very spectacular.
There are additionally a collection of canapés on the bar, supposed to pair with the champagne.
Emirates enterprise class lounge Dubai Costa Espresso stand
Okay, right here’s my favourite and least favourite a part of the lounge. As longtime OMAAT readers know, I like good espresso. A barista-made espresso will virtually at all times be higher than a machine made one, particularly when you’re getting a milk-based espresso (cappuccino, latte, and many others.).
So the Emirates enterprise class lounge has what’s presumably my favourite lounge characteristic on this planet — a complimentary Costa Espresso station, the place you’ll be able to select from all kinds of barista-made drinks.
HOW AMAZING IS THAT? Nicely, sadly not that tremendous, as a result of it was closed throughout my afternoon go to. Apparently it’s solely open within the mornings till 10AM.
Critically? Does Emirates not perceive that it’s working a worldwide airline with folks connecting to totally different timezones all hours of the day and night time? Is that this because of a staffing scarcity? As a result of there have been numerous staff within the lounge simply standing round. Is milk too costly? Why, Emirates, why?!?!
I acknowledge I’m being a bit dramatic right here, however that is such an incredible idea, however it’s downright foolish to solely have it open within the mornings till 10AM. I imply, c’mon, we’re speaking about an airport the place the height rush hour is 2AM.
Emirates enterprise class lounge Dubai smoking space
People who smoke will in all probability be delighted to study that there’s not solely a smoking part of the lounge, however it’s a big, open-air portion of the lounge. There are dozens of seats on this part, and apart from being allowed to smoke, it’s the identical as the remainder of the lounge.
These delicate to smoke is probably not delighted to study that the smoke does unfold a bit, and could be smelled in different elements of the lounge as properly.
Emirates enterprise class lounge Dubai nap & relaxation space
The Emirates enterprise class lounge has dozens of daybeds of types, with blankets. There are dividers between them, however you continue to received’t have full privateness. If you happen to simply need to escape the crowds or relaxation for a bit, this could possibly be a great place to hang around, however I wouldn’t plan on getting a correct night time of sleep right here you probably have an extended layover. In these conditions I’d suggest the Dubai Worldwide Airport Resort, which can be airside, and is a correct resort.
Emirates enterprise class lounge Dubai enterprise heart
The Emirates enterprise class lounge has a enterprise heart with some PCs. There aren’t any empty workstations, so this isn’t a spot you’d need to come when you simply need to work in your laptop computer (for that matter, the dearth of pure gentle could be a motive to keep away from this place).
Emirates enterprise class lounge Dubai children play space
If you happen to’re touring with children, the Emirates enterprise class lounge has a play space, which even has arcade video games.
Emirates enterprise class lounge Dubai spa
The Emirates enterprise class lounge has a Timeless Spa. 15 minute therapies are complimentary for Emirates top notch passengers, although top notch passengers would logically use the spa within the top notch lounge. So for all sensible functions, most company should pay for therapies right here.
You will discover the spa menu under (for context, 1 USD is 3.67 AED).
Emirates enterprise class lounge Dubai shoe shine
The Emirates enterprise class lounge has a shoe shine chair, close to the smoking space. There wasn’t anybody working there once I visited this time round, so possibly it’s solely staffed throughout peak hours. This could possibly be price a go to, as they don’t simply do shoe shines, but in addition issues like cleansing up sneakers.
Emirates enterprise class lounge Dubai showers & bogs
There are bogs all through the Emirates enterprise class lounge. The bogs are very properly staffed, as there appear to be one or two folks assigned to work in every full time. They appear to wash up after virtually each use.
There are additionally loads of bathe rooms, although sadly they’re fundamental. Whereas showers are in particular person rooms, the bathe rooms don’t have bogs or sinks, however reasonably these are in communal areas. Personally I recognize when a bathe suite has a sink and bathroom as properly. So that is higher than nothing, however not best.
The Emirates enterprise class lounge in Concourse B at Dubai Airport is spectacular, for probably the most half. The lounge is large, and has totally different areas that might swimsuit nearly any temper. The lounge additionally has a stable eating choice, plus a well being part, champagne bar, and occasional stand (which wants longer hours).
On stability I’d say this can be a stable lounge. Simply don’t anticipate a lounge that’s very private, and likewise be warned that there aren’t conveniently positioned energy shops all over the place. I additionally wouldn’t take into account the lounge’s decor to be notably inspiring, for probably the most half (in comparison with the Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Enterprise Lounge, for instance).
If you happen to’ve visited the Emirates enterprise class lounge Dubai, what was your expertise like?