TRIED & TESTED LOUNGE

Emi­rates Busi­ness Class Lounge , Dubai

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BACK­GROUND Emi­rates has sev­eral lounges across Con­courses A, B and C. It has a sep­a­rate lounge for busi­ness and first class pas­sen­gers as well as el­i­gi­ble Emi­rates Sky­wards mem­bers and pas­sen­gers of Qan­tas code­share flights.

WHERE IS IT? Af­ter se­cu­rity check, past Duty Free, fol­low the signs to the Emi­rates Busi­ness Class Lounge in Ter­mi­nal 3’s Con­course A. It spans over all Emi­rates de­par­ture gates within the con­course, thus al­low­ing di­rect ac­cess to some board­ing gates through the lounge.

WHO CAN AC­CESS IT? Sky­wards mem­bers up­wards of the Sil­ver tier, and busi­ness and first class pas­sen­gers. Blue tier mem­bers can pay US$105/₹7,221 to en­ter. All those el­i­gi­ble can pay US$105/₹7,221 for guest en­try. Gold Sky­wards mem­bers are al­lowed one com­pli­men­tary guest ac­cess and Plat­inum are al­lowed to take one adult and two child guests to the lounge at no ex­tra cost.

WHAT’S IT LIKE? The space is di­vided into ar­eas to re­lax, dine and work in. BuŒets at both ends of the lounge have com­mu­nal ta­bles, as well as sep­a­rate ones for pri­vacy. It has a se­lec­tion of bread in­clud­ing pita with hum­mus, in­ter­na­tional and Ara­bic hot and cold dishes, juices, so­das, hot drinks and al­co­holic bev­er­ages (in­clud­ing Moët & Chan­don cham­pagne and fresh dates). The cigar lounge, which dou­bles as a bar has a se­lec­tion of fine cigars. Out­side these din­ing ar­eas, there are plenty of so­fas around coŒee ta­bles to re­lax or work in pri­vacy by con­nect­ing to the free wifi. There is also a busi­ness cen­tre equipped with com­put­ers. The re­cep­tion can help with print­ing and scan­ning fa­cil­i­ties. Empty work desks with charg­ing points are a con­ve­nient op­tion to catch up on emails from your lap­top. Ad­di­tion­ally, one could opt to lounge in the cor­doned oŒ ar­eas with lazy chairs that come with blan­kets and pil­lows, and side ta­bles fit­ted with plug points. Show­ers and a spa help freshen up be­fore catch­ing the flight. Dur­ing the day the lounge is most crowded, which could lead to wait­ing your turn for the show­ers or a spa ap­point­ment.

The good thing about the lounge is that there are two of all fa­cil­i­ties — one at each end — so you don’t need to walk around the en­tire space (could take about 35 to 40 min­utes to com­plete a lap) to find what you need.

VER­DICT Fan­tas­tic fa­cil­i­ties to work and re­lax. The food could have been bet­ter in terms of taste. The wifi con­nec­tion is im­pres­sively seam­less. Neha Gupta Kapoor

The lounge in the cor­doned o ar­eas comes with lazy chairs, blan­kets and pil­lows, and side ta­ble tted with plug points

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