Seriously, the nicest lounge I’ve ever visited period…and it’s the length of the entire terminal! This is part five of a fifteen part trip report from my travels to the Maldives and Dubai. This picture report covers the one year old Emirates First Class Lounge at the A380 Terminal – Concourse A in Dubai.
- Trip Report – United Economy Plus JFK-LAX
- Korean Air First Class Lounge LAX
- Trip Report Part 1 – Emirates First Class on the A380 w/ Shower Suite – LAX – Dubai (DXB)
- Trip Report Part 2 – Emirates First Class on the A380 w/ Shower Suite – LAX – Dubai (DXB)
- Emirates First Class Lounge – A380 Terminal – Concourse A – Dubai
- Emirates First Class Lounge Concourse B – Dubai
- Trip Report – Emirates First Class DXB- Malé (MLE) – DXB B777-200LR
- Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort Part 1 – Airport Experience, Lounge, and Seaplane Transfer
- Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort Part 2 – The Resort – Rooms, Upgrades, Amenities, Activities, Restaurants, and Costs
- Male Airport Plaza Premium Lounge
- Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort
- Emirates Business Class Lounge – A380 Terminal – Concourse A – Dubai
- Trip Report – Emirates First Class DXB – Milan (MXP)
- Trip Report – Emirates Lounge Milan
- Trip Report – Emirates First Class MXP – JFK B777-300ER
The First Class Lounge at Concourse A in Dubai officially opened last February and is exclusively for A380s (though other aircraft types are now located there as well). The lounge is incredible and spans the entire concourse with all gates directly accessible from within the lounge. Did I mention it’s so big that it has multiple sit down fine dining areas, private duty free shopping, cigar lounges, spa, and many other crazy amenities? To walk from one end to the other can take ten minutes or more.
Our connecting flight to the Maldives left from Concourse B, but it was well worth the 10 minute train ride and walk to reach the A380 Terminal First Class Lounge (you can enter any Emirates First Class lounge with your first class ticket). Not to mention we had almost six full hours prior to boarding our 3:25 am flight. There is a separate first class lounge at Concourse B and I’ll have a trip report on that one tomorrow.
Now, a word of warning. If you book your flights using miles from Alaska Airlines your tickets won’t show lounge access. You’ll have to explain to the agent that you are not traveling on a reduced or staff fare but that you booked an award via Alaska Airlines. This was a common theme for us in LAX, Dubai, Male, and Milan.
Exiting reception you can walk either left or right depending on where your gate is located. Being that our gate was in another terminal it didn’t matter. Both directions have the exact same amenities…meaning both sides have their own duty free shopping, a fine dining room, multiple seating areas, children’s play rooms, business centers, prayer rooms, quiet lounges, showers, and cigar bars. It’s that big! Oh, and expect to be greeted by EVERYONE as you walk through the terminal. As we arrived at 8pm we were the ONLY guests in the entire gigantic lounge for almost an hour or more (most flights depart between 12-4am ).
First experience with private duty free in the lounge…not that I bought anything:
Tons of seating options – each with multiple outlets …some look a bit like the Wynn in Vegas…
Wifi requires login with your name, flight, and seat number:
The fine dining area – Wow, there’s a huge buffet with amazing hot and cold entree, snack, and dessert choices – Kobe beef, sushi, chicken dishes, lamb, salmon, cod, salads, sandwiches, Arabic mezze, etc. Lots of attendants on hand to answer any questions and help you with your selections.
The buffet is just the start though, check out the full made-to-order menu!
I went with the chicken and barley soup, tuna carpaccio, and grouper fillet. Everything was fantastic. We were also given an amuse-bouche courtesy of the chefs to begin our meal. Bread and Voss water to start…and of course waiter service:
Some fresh chicken as well…
As it’s the middle of the night you can choose both dinner or breakfast options. It really is crazy how much goes on after 12am at Dubai airport! Note that the changeover to only breakfast occurs at 3AM. OK, why not head to the spa…
There’s a spa located just outside the lounge and first class passengers are given five complimentary treatment options: de-stress back massage, reflex therapy leg and foot massage, manicure, hair shaping / dry cut, or professional blow dry. Business passengers can use the spa as well, though services are not complimentary. See the pictures below for the complimentary menu and regular price menu. I went with the back massage and boy did it hurt…though i guess some people like that sort of thing.
I even received a thank you from the spa a few weeks after my trip
Shower on-board, shower on the ground…
Kids play areas:
Cigar room –
Quiet / rest areas –
Now, even if you avoid all the special areas and simply go sit by one of the gates, you’ll still have access to food and beverages. Granted there’s a bit less but we are still talking tons of choices, including sushi!
Thoroughly impressed! Great food, excellent service (the staff to passenger ratio is ridiculous), and lots of fun ways to stay busy. When it’s time to board you can simply walk right into the first class section of your A380. For us it was off to Terminal B. Check out that first class lounge trip report tomorrow.