Emirates has completed a US$11 million renovation of its lounge at Concourse B of Dubai International.
The refurbishment project took two years to complete and has focussed on three new concept areas with commercial tie-ins: a barista experience in partnership with Costa Coffee, a Health hub with Voss water featuring healthier options, and an exclusive Moët & Chandon champagne lounge.
These new areas are in addition to the seven other locations within the lounge with cuisine prepared by on-site chefs and a complimentary full bar service, which includes premium wine, spirits and champagne.
The new area has complimentary drinks including iced coffees, cappuccinos and caffe lattes prepared by Costa Coffee baristas as well as pastries.
The coffee bar will serve signature Costa drinks made from slow-roast beans of the coffee house’s own unique Mocha Italia blend.
The new station has a selection of fruit and water infusions, juices and smoothies and a healthy menu of gourmet sandwiches, wraps, and salads.
Emirates says that this is the “first-of-its-kind lounge to be located in an airport”.
The lounge will serve four of Moët & Chandon’s champagnes: Moët Impérial, Moët Rosé Impérial, Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage and Moët Nectar Impérial.
To complement each champagne, chefs from Emirates flight catering and the in-house lounge teams collaborated with Moët & Chandon, to create a selection of canapés – from sweet to savoury flavours, with the canapé menus changed monthly. Selections include smoked salmon wrapped in nori with wasabi mayonnaise to complement the Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2006 and passion fruit and jasmine tea macaroons to be paired with Moët Nectar Impérial. Guests can enjoy their drinks at the chic bar featuring a golden wave design adorned with 2,400 intricate gold leaves applied individually by hand. Other examples include
- Veal bacon gougere
- Pea and mint soup
- Cold lentils soup
- Goat cheese and Emmental gougere
- Smoked salmon wrapped in Nori, wasabi mayonnaise
- Lime and avocado soup
- Pear & blue cheese crostini, caramelized walnut
- Sliced smoked duck on sushi rice & hoisin sauce
- Asparagus & leeks tartelette
- Cauliflower Pannacotta and teriyaki sauce
- Beef bresaola honey roast fig & pumpernickel bread
- Chicken with spice tomato and mango
Emirates says that the three new refreshment areas are the first of a several new concepts planned for the lounges at the Emirates hub in Dubai. In the coming year, Emirates is looking to further improve the customer experience by introducing a sports bar and a cocktail bar within its lounges.
The Business Class lounge in concourse B is one of six Emirates lounges at Dubai International Airport and is part of a network of 39 dedicated airport lounges located within major airports around the globe.
All the food and beverages offered within the lounge are complimentary for Emirates First Class and Business Class customers, as well as Emirates Skywards Platinum, Gold and Silver members – the airline’s frequent flyer programme.
The newly refurbished lounge measures close to 10,000 square feet to accommodate over 1,500 customers – a 40 percent increase in seating capacity.
In addition to the new refreshment stations, the children’s play area with arcade quality games has been doubled in size, and the Timeless Spa within its premise has been renovated and offers hair, beauty and therapy treatments.
Lounge guests can also refresh with a shower, unwind at designated quiet areas, stay up to date with the latest news and live sports and stay connected with complimentary Wi-Fi.