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Personal Butlers, Naps, Instagramability: Dubai’s New Plaza Premium Lounge Gets It

Personal Butlers, Naps, Instagramability: Dubai’s New Plaza Premium Lounge Gets It
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Dubai International Airport has just unveiled the photos for the new Plaza Premium Lounge. And, while it features all of the usual amenities of an international airport lounge, it also features a few more perks designed for travelers like cubicles designed for naps, private rooms with personal butler service, and a deeply Instagrammable bar. And, access to this pay-per-use lounge is 25% off for the next few weeks.

Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai offering global travellers with apron view

The Layout

The new Plaza Premium Lounge is located in Terminal 3 (Level 4, Concourse A) on the second floor which provides views that overlook departure gates A2 and A3 as the travelers transiting on the walkways underneath. The entire lounge is shaped like a long balcony and it gets plenty of natural light. And, at nearly 14,000 square feet it has room for up to 300 guests in a variety of different areas that, together, make this the largest, independent pay-per-use airport lounge in Terminal 3.

A First Class Suite Before Your First Class Suite

Not only does this lounge come with plenty of work stations and high-speed internet, but it also features several single-person relaxation seats–“First-class cabin seats”– which can be used as private napping spaces. They are not only relatively secluded, but they also feature a sliding door for extra privacy.

Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai - Playroom

A Playroom for the Kids

While it’s popular to debate whether or not kids should be allowed to be in premium airport lounges–mostly by those of us who are unlikely to find ourselves having to travel with kids in tow–a better solution is designated areas for kids with plenty to entertain them (and keep them from running amok in the same area where adults are napping).

If you’re a traveling parent, you know that kids’ rooms in an airport lounge are rare. A couple of Priority Pass lounge options come to mind–there’s one at The Club JAX Lounge at Jacksonville International (but it looks… less exciting). The Club at MCO in Orlando FL International Airport has a kids’ corner–but not many others. Play areas in airports are more common, but they don’t offer free champagne just a few feet away.

The Private Rooms

The Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai also has four 100-square-foot Family Suites designed to accommodate big families or small groups. Each room has access to a ” team of multi-lingual butlers who speak Arabic, Russian, Hindi, Tagalog and Turkish.”

Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai - Family Suite

As soon as you book the suite, a butler will set up food and drinks–“Arabic coffee and dates, and welcome drinks”–for you to enjoy in the room. They will also be on standby to help you if you need more refreshments from the AeroBar, need to use the shower facilities, or if you need help with anything else.

Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai - AeroBar

The AeroBar

We’re going to go ahead and nominate The Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai’s Aerobar as Most Likely to End Up on Instagrams all over the UAE. It’s modern, partially closed off and looks kind of like a cigar lounge. There’s also a cigar lounge through the bar.

Food - Asian Cuisine

The Food

We’re starting to think that restaurants aren’t allowed to open without offering locally sourced, organic food. The Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai is appropriately on brand with “glocal” (green and local?) cuisine that is designed to reduce carbon footprint and support the local community. That food is freshly made at a live cooking stations and stars a range of local Arabic dishes–Sumak Hara (Local fish baked with flavored spices, bell pepper, and tomato sauce), Emirati Majboos Dejaaj (Slow cooked combination of chicken, rice, spices, and vegetable–and more regional (ish) dishes like  Nasi Goreng with Satay (Stir-fried rice with meat, vegetables, and peanut-marinated chicken skewer) and Butter Chicken.

While nothing on the list of dishes looks vegetarian, there’s a menu for kids and infants, and gluten-free options “on request for travelers with special dietary requirements.” There’s also a Hydration Station with fruit-infused drinks “such as Citrus and Mint, Blueberries and Mint, Cucumber and Mint, and Mixed Berries and Mint.”

Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai - AeroBar - service shot (b)

How to Access the Lounge

Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai can be accessed through select travel passes and credit cards that provide lounge access. All travelers can also book through www.plazapremiumlounge.com while walk-in guests enjoy a special opening promotion of 25% discount until 29 February 2020. Lounge access starts at USD 53 including VAT for three hours usage per person.

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  1. sjotterman

    January 31, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    Lounge sounds great…. But ….you have to endure the hell that is Dubai to enjoy it

  2. weero

    weero

    February 1, 2020 at 8:59 am

    53 dollars for experiencing screaming kids and a choice of chicken, chicken, or chicken:
    “(Slow cooked combination of chicken, rice, spices, and vegetable–and more regional (ish) dishes like Nasi Goreng with Satay (Stir-fried rice with meat, vegetables, and peanut-marinated chicken skewer) and Butter Chicken.”

    Not sure if that sounds merely stupid or outright degenerate.

    I shall prefer the terminal. In a non-UAE airport and spend less on a Western meal on a Western carrier.

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