FAQ 4 - The EK Lounge Network

Old Dec 19, 10, 1:05 pm
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FAQ 4 - The EK Lounge Network

Some of the Lounges I have frequented over the last 12 months:

DXB T1 Still a haven, great food both upstairs and downstairs. Access for Silver’s but some golds and those traveling in J still use it especially in the morning if there is time to walk from T3 (about 5 – 8 mins depending on gate). Good smoking area upstairs (still rare). Lounge Dragons live up to their name, not the most gracious, but efficient. Showers downstairs. 8/10

DXB T3 Better when the airport is quiet. Usually queues to get in when busy, showers, great choice of where to eat, food usually better during busy times as has not been sitting in hot plates for a while. Good bars, great staff all round. Smoking area at the far end as you enter. Still awaiting the different entrances to open! 7/10

DXB F Lounge. One of the best lounges not just on the EK network, but anywhere on any airline network, even beats the concord lounge in T4 when it was just for concord pax. Showers, great bars, fine dining, quiet areas, kids area, all very good! Worth upgrading just to use the lounge if you have long layover. Complete dragons on reception, don’t let ANYONE in that should not be in! Fantastic smoking area! 10/10

BAH Dilmon Lounge, not bad, showers, OK choice of food, OK selection of drinks, also used by AMMEX and Priority Plus, so gets really busy at times. Lots of day trippers, so carry ons everywhere. Usually a long process to get in, as everyone signing AMMEX and Priority cards, the lounge dragon do not let you go through, even when showing a J boarding card. No smoking 6/10

DOH Oryx lounge. OK, bit dark, no views if you want booze (beer or wine) you have to ask the staff manning the food politely, they will get it for you from the kitchen. Poor food – just snacks! Small smoking section! 5/10

KUW Pearl Lounge. Again, gets very busy, lots of gold travelers on EK, GF and EY all flights leaving roughly the same time in the early evening, struggle to get seating. No view, very dark. OK food, no booze, small, very small smoking section 4/10

BEY MEA CIP Lounge massive lounge, good views, great food and booze selection. Good smoking area, gets very busy, but always lots of space. 8/10

BOM EK a real haven for me after my terrible India trips. Fantastic food and booze selection, 2nd smaller bar, TV’s a bit loud, exclusive to EK so standard feel to it. Great staff, a bit of a trek from check-in and security, but not that far from gate 6 where most EK flights depart from. Showers available, GREAT wash kits available from reception, similar to the old J class amenity kits. 10/10

KHI CIP Lounge. Not bad, needs a good clean, but staff bend over to help you, smoking area (despite no smoking signs) poor food (packets of chips or biscuits) and drink (no booze) selection. Gets busy and TV’s always really noisy! 4/10

CMB do not remember name. Average food and drink selection, upstairs, no view, do not remember if there were showers or not. Very quiet both times I have been there. 6/10 UPDATE: Now an EK Lounge

IST Millennium Lounge No view, OK food (just snacks) GREAT selection of drinks, lounge always busy with many airlines sharing the lounge, close to smoking terrace in next restaurant, far from gate, old and needs a tidy up! 7/10 UPDATE: Now an EK Lounge

PRG Cannot rememerb name, great views, awful food and drink selection, shared with one world, so lots of BA bods in there. Very quiet, working environment good. Really far from toilets and gate. 4/10

LHR EK Lounge Great, brilliant staff, food drinks selection, wonderful views, showers, direct boarding (380 and others) lots of space, complete haven from the terminal! No smoking Love it! 10/10

BHX EK Lounge, perfect finally moved away from servis air, love it. Same food and drinks as LHR, brilliant! OK views great showers amenities etc. No smoking Nice and close to gate – I often walk through the airport in my pajama’s on the night flight! 10/10

SFO United Red Carpet Lounge. Poor service, bad selection of snacks, not food, showers, very very busy with LH, UA and SQ people in there. EK need to do a joint venture with VS they have a great lounge! 5/10

LAX Korean Airounge. The worst lounge on the network. Terrible everything. Korean staff that do not speak English, awful mini food snacks, mini drinks in warm tins. Windows, like prison cells, miles from check in, miles from gate, EK need to look into this. No smoking 0/10 (yes 0)

BKK EK Lounge, lovely! No view of the airport, great food and drink selection, can get busy if flight is delayed, as you get the transit passengers rushing in. good showers, not far from the smoking areas. 8/10

SYD EK Lounge, amazing, brilliant staff, great business facilities, great airport view, superb food and amazing wine selection. No smoking. Showers, again can get busy but enough places to chill. Loved it 9/10

CHC Cannot remember name. Really bad wine selection for New Zealand. Had better wines in cheap cafes! Packed out solid, lounge dragons seemed to let anyone in on any flight! No where to sit. Good view though. No smoking 2/10

PEK EK lounge great showers not the best food for an EK lounge but good drinks selection. very small smoking section. A good start to a 380 experience. 9/10

HKG EK lounge Gets busy, small lounge OK food and drink selection, good showers, a little noisy form terminal below and no surrounding roof (as T3 DXB) but ok. Would not want to spend too long in there. Not a great star to an F in the 380experience! No smoking and a trek to the smoking area 5/10

MLE cannot remember name. Poor food and drink selection, no view, busy, poor all round, always a bad end to perfect holidays in the Maldives! No smoking 4/10

CAI Terrible everything, busy, no seating, worst food on the network, terrible drinks bar service from unfriendly staff, dirty, no view, bad place. No smoking but close to the smoking area 2/10

JNB EK lounge Amazing showers! Just the best! Great food and drink and cool staff. Small smoking area, loved it! 9/10
BNE EK Lounge, great service, food drinks and showers. A great start indeed. No smoking! 8/10

LCA Swissport Lounge, terrible food, ok drink selection. Showers, very busy, poor staff on reception and nothing was cleared up plate and glass wise even after a 3 hour wait (flight delayed) close to gate. 3/10

SIN EK lounge great! Friendly staff, great food and drink, good showers, nice walk if in transit.8/10

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Old Dec 20, 10, 6:01 am
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FAQ 4 - The EK Lounge Network

The EK Lounge Network

One thing most EK travellers are in agreement with is the exceptional standard of the company run lounge network (ie showers, massage chairs, good selection of food, french champagne, excellent choice of wines, well equipped business centres, free wi-fi, helpful staff and a relaxing place to spend a few hours)

Access to EK Lounges:

- First Class Lounge - Flying First Class or Skywards Platinum
- Business Class Lounge - Flying First or Business Class and/or Skywards Platinum and Skywards Gold members.
Skywards Platinum and Gold members may take 1-guest in.

- First/Business Class passengers may not take a guest into the lounge (unless they are Gold Skywards members)

There are currently 30 EK run lounges outside Dubai.
  1. Auckland
  2. Bangkok
  3. Beijing
  4. Birmingham
  5. Brisbane
  6. Colombo
  7. Delhi
  8. Dubai
  9. Düsseldorf
  10. Frankfurt
  11. Hamburg
  12. Hong Kong
  13. Istanbul
  14. Johannesburg
  15. Kuala Lumpur
  16. London Gatwick
  17. London Heathrow
  18. Manchester
  19. Melbourne
  20. Milan
  21. Mumbai
  22. Munich
  23. New York John F. Kennedy
  24. Paris Charles de Gaulle
  25. Perth
  26. San Francisco
  27. Shanghai
  28. Singapore
  29. Sydney
  30. Zürich

The T3 Business Lounge - Dubai

Here's a map showing the layout of the T3 Business Lounge.
You can see the interactive map of both the Business and First Lounges on the EK website here http://www.emirates.com/english/flas..._explorer.aspx


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Old Dec 21, 10, 8:26 am
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Down_the_back.

Agree with you on SYD, and to an extent SIN, but the walk to the gate can be lengthy.

Can't say I've ever experienced a quiet DXB!


MAN EK Lounge, friendly staff, good selection of drinks, wines, spirits and champagne. Hot and cold food available. Showers too. Also a nice view of the apron and runway. Downside is the walk to the gate.

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DXB T1 Still a haven, great food both upstairs and downstairs. Access for Silver’s but some golds and those traveling in J still use it especially in the morning if there is time to walk from T3 (about 5 – 8 mins depending on gate). Good smoking area upstairs (still rare). Lounge Dragons live up to their name, not the most gracious, but efficient. Showers downstairs. 8/10
Also a good place to sleep if you have a long wait. Turn left at the top of the stairs (or right coming out the lift) which is away from the main lounge area, and there is small area with recliners which is usually empty.
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CDG Standard EK lounge, view of the aircraft pulling up to the gate, very friendly staff, food was bad when I was there, would get busy with a full A380.

SIN Spacious, nice view of the runway, helpful and proactive staff.

DXB T1 Quiet and away from the bustling terminal, long walk, breakfast has been the same for the last 2 years, bit of a wait for showers but attendants very helpful, airy though not much of a view
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What lounges can I access at DXB and across the Emirates network?

First Class passengers may access First and Business Class Lounges operated by Emirates or their contracted lounge before their flight. At DXB, the First Class Lounge at Terminal 3 is the designated lounge. Guests are not allowed based on class of travel.

Business Class passengers may access Business Class Lounges operated by Emirates or their contracted lounge before their flight. At DXB, the Business Class Lounge at Terminal 3 is the designated lounge. Guests are not allowed based on class of travel.

Skywards Gold members may access Business Class Lounges across the Emirates network, irrespective of the cabin in which they are traveling. At DXB, the Business Class Lounge in Terminal 3 is the designated lounge. One guest who is on the same flight (and they will often bend this rule) may be accompanied to any Business Class lounge only, and not to First Class lounges (depends how nicely you ask).

Skywards Silver members in Economy may access the Emirates Lounge located near Gate 122 in Terminal 1 at DXB if they have an onward flight on Emirates. No guests are allowed.

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Originally Posted by groobs View Post
Down_the_back.

Agree with you on SYD, and to an extent SIN, but the walk to the gate can be lengthy.

Can't say I've ever experienced a quiet DXB!


MAN EK Lounge, friendly staff, good selection of drinks, wines, spirits and champagne. Hot and cold food available. Showers too. Also a nice view of the apron and runway. Downside is the walk to the gate.
Anyone flown through Narita? Which lounge do they use? Any access for skywards gold?
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Anyone flown through Narita? Which lounge do they use? Any access for skywards gold?
No EK lounge and no partner lounge available either according to info here:

http://www.emirates.com/english/flyi...e_lounges.aspx
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Presume KUW is meant to be Kuwait (IATA airport code is KWI)?

SYD lounge is nice but a long way from check in. If a/c gets a gate in the other pier, it is a long walk from the lounge to gate.

BNE is much like the SYD lounge, but additionally has an exit direct to the airbridge (stairs to drop down to it though). Great views from one side of the lounge.

AKL & MEL similar to SYD but without the views.

IIRC, the CHC lounge used by EK is Manaia Lounge, which is a contract lounge and very poor.
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I thought Colombo was an EK lounge? May have been imagining it.

RUH - tiny and very cramped lounge, indifferent food, not bad selection of drinks.

JED - fairly large lounge with two floors, awful food options, gets very busy. Free wifi.

DMM - large lounge but not much seating - never seen it really busy though. Good selection of snacks but nothing more substantial. By far the most peaceful of the three. Free wifi, when it works.

ICN - KAL Concourse Lounge. Very stylish, fair but not spectacular food options. Plenty of seating and a few quiet areas. Not as great as you'd expect from a KE lounge in their home base, but comfortable.
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No EK lounge and no partner lounge available either according to info here:

http://www.emirates.com/english/flyi...e_lounges.aspx
No, they use the American Airlines lounge. Pretty good actually. I was the only one in the lounge on Dec 31st for the 2200 departure flight, in general seems quite nice.
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BOM EK a real haven for me after my terrible India trips. Fantastic food and booze selection, 2nd smaller bar, TV’s a bit loud, exclusive to EK so standard feel to it. Great staff, a bit of a trek from check-in and security, but not that far from gate 6 where most EK flights depart from. Showers available, GREAT wash kits available from reception, similar to the old J class amenity kits. 10/10
Incredible that my experiences with the new BOM lounge have been so different.

The lounge is small and always cramped. Nearly impossible to find seating except at the seating area by the buffets. Food selection is woeful and the platters are never refilled anyway. Sandwiches are invariably stale and the samosa selection reheated to the point of tastelessness. Half eaten plates of food and empty glasses are spread all over the lounge and the lazy staff never bother clearing them for hours on end.

Staff are surly and have absolutely no concern for passengers. They are more concerned about when their shift ends than dealing with requests. A request to please advise me 10 minutes before boarding commences so I could go to Duty Free was met with a response that "I won't be here then so you will have to ask somebody else later" rather than passing the message on to the next staff member on duty. No re-entry is permitted once you enter the lounge and they have scribbled whatever they do on your Boarding Pass, so God help you if you want to wander outside for any reason.

The lounge is a total disgrace to Emirates and I have given up using it, preferring to sit in the food court and then go directly to the boarding gate instead.

Rating : 2/10
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ACC - Aviance Adinkra Lounge.

Small but very well appointed. Also used by British Airways, Lufthansa, South African, Virgin Atlantic and others so can get crowded if the Emirates departures are delayed (but thankfully no conflicts at scheduled departure time!). Decently stocked with snacks (not "real" food though) and drinks (including generous selection of self service alcohol). Wonderful staff who bend over backwards for any requests. No showers. Free wifi at decent speeds (for Ghana) throughout the lounge.

Rating : 7.5/10

AMS - Servisair Lounge.

Don't bother. It's tiny, shabby and has poor facilities and even poorer food/drink selection. A solid 10-15 minute walk from Emirates' usual departure gates on concourse G, so you are better off skipping it and heading there directly. Very friendly staff though and a decent British newspaper selection that they allow you to take with you, but those may be the only saving graces.

Rating : 3/10

LGW - Emirates Lounge

Very spacious for the size of operation. Located within the "lounge complex" at Gatwick North. Very friendly and helpful staff who always address you by name. Great buffet selection that is constantly replenished. A chef is also on hand to answer any questions about the ingredients for those with dietary restrictions. Nice showers available, although these can get quite busy for the morning and evening departures (the mid-day one is usually quiet though). Lots of power ports sprinkled throughout the lounge so never any issue plugging in to recharge. Overall, my favourite lounge in the Emirates network.

Rating : 10/10
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NBOEmirates uses the First Class Duty Free lounge in Nairobi. Very average lounge with a self service bar (beer, spirits, Coke dispenser, water, boxed juice and wines), as well as snacks. There is one Computer, and very selected reading material. 2 TV's some lounges and seats. As it is a shared lounge it can get VERY crowded. 3/10

PER Emirates has a dedicated lounge that is like the one in SYD, MEL, BNE, etc. It overlooks one side of the apron. There is a separate business centre, dining area with tables/chairs and stools, as well as lounge area. Food and drink offerings are excellent. 7.5/10^
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speakin of the luvly MAN lounge, any1 flying on the 29th ek017? happy to guest him/her into the lounge!
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