Dubai and Emirates Business Lounge

As we approached Dubai, I took these pictures out the window from my upper deck seat on Emirates A380 Business Class.  This is a city to behold.

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The plane landed as gracefully as it took off.  Many ‘thank you’ and ‘good-bye’ all around.

Dubai Business Lounge

Dubai airport is huge.  We disembarked, went through security, then I headed to the business lounge and the shower.  Local time was early morning.  I was not in the newest terminal with the newest business lounge, but either way the business lounge is above the main concourse and covers a huge area of the terminal I was in.

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Perhaps a Bordeaux or some Moet with breakfast?

Even though the lounge was crowded with travellers, there are plenty of seats, tons of food and booze, and a great many employees.  Unfortunately, the bathroom facilities and the shower facilities are oddly separate.  Both were also packed.  The lounge has resting pods plus fast WiFi.

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Resting Pod in the Dubai Lounge

And an abundance of all sorts of food.

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One of maybe 50 food stations

All too soon it was time to board for Johannesburg.

Dubai to Johannesburg.

I got on the Boeing 777-300 2-class jet to Johannesburg.  Much like the A380 it is very nice – but it is not an A380.  (Great news is that Emirates has now added the A380 to the DXB – JNB route).

At this point I was so tired when we took off from Dubai being that my body thought it was around 3 am and I had slept very little,.  I laid back and fell cold asleep for maybe 7 hours of the 8 hour flight.

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Emirates 777 Angle-Flat Business Seat

I have seen a great many reviews criticizing Emirates angle flat seat, but tired or not, I found that it cradled me like a deep wonderful recliner.  The seat is 20.5” wide (vs 18.5” on the A380) and that made a difference too.

When I awoke (feeling quite rested) I went to the bathroom.  Another benefit of this plane is that the foreword bathrooms are more separated from the seats and especially the galley than in typical models.  As I believe bathrooms should be.

My only criticism is both the two-class and three-class Boeing 777-300 are configured 2-3-2 in business class.  That loser center seat is unfortunate.  I had an inner-aisle seat 3F.

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The attendant apologized that she could not offer me a full meal with the time remaining but suggested a snack.  Of course I would not expect her to, and it shows the level of service that Emirates offers.   I tried the cheese plate.  The cheese was good (although served in large chunks).

We soon landed in Johannesburg, immigration was easy, and right outside was the Chauffeur-drive line.   I saw my name on the whiteboard, and we headed to the Sunrock Guest House very near the airport for the night (sort of funky and very friendly – can’t beat the price – I recommend it).

Next post is about flying Johannesburg to Dulles with many more details about the Emirates Boeing 777-300 product and more about the A380, with final thoughts.

Though in the meantime, perhaps you want to explore the Zambia-Botswana safari before reading about the return flight to the United States.

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This is a continuation of a multi-part series about the Emirates Experience.  The parts are:

Part 1 – Emirates Business Class – Emirates Overview and Chauffeur-drive

Part 2 – Emirates at Dulles International Airport featuring the Air France Dulles Lounge

Part 3 – The Amazing A380 Experience — Flying Dulles to Dubai

Part 4 – Dubai featuring City Views and the Business Lounge (this post)

Part 5 – Flying Johannesburg to Dulles featuring Emirates Boeing 777-300 product and more about the A380, with final thoughts

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