2 (Sat) November 2019
on Emirates – EK 336
-Dubai en route to Manila-
with the Family
Family Holiday Fall 2019 in UAE, Day 6.
- Day 1 (10.295 Tofu & Mushroom Spring Roll with Hoi Sin Sauce)
- Day 2 (10.296 Grilled Shaari Eshkeli and More)
- Day 3 (10.297 Seafood Grill)
- Day 4 (10.298 Catch Sour)
- Day 5 (10.299 Black Pepper Chicken)
- Day 6 (10.300 Gourmet Canapes)
In transit. Spent the boys’ fall break in the United Arab Emirates, both Dubai and Abu Dhabi. On our way back home to Manila.
Good to be going home, of course, but I would’ve liked staying for another couple days, still so many things to do, see, eat – we did not once go out for dinner, did not go to a single restaurant on the list that I had painstakingly researched.
First look at Emirates Business Class Lounge at Dubai International Airport.
Spanning what seemed to be the entire length of the terminal, it is the biggest lounge that I’ve encountered yet.
Food stations are located at distant points throughout the sprawling space, each station serving different items and different types of cuisine – annoying to anyone wanting a variety of foods.
Alas, we had but a few minutes to enjoy it all before boarding. What little bits we did manage to try – IZ had 2 full plates of butter chicken – were quite good.
On GMTD’s rankings of dining experiences in airport lounges (see BEST IN LOUNGE), Emirates Business Class Lounge enters at #3 – just shy of Turkey and Singapore, which both have the advantage of offering made-to-order stations of local goodies, as well as centralized food stations.
As always, I am grateful for and respectful of the opportunity to travel, especially via business class, including lounge access. Any comments here, even the negative ones, are simply relative to other business class experiences, not complaints per se.
Having been very disappointed with Emirates business class on the way in, I felt the same on the way out. Joined by my family this time, who were respectfully appreciative of the privilege in general, they concurred that the food was meh.
The carrier retains its initial position at #13, second from the bottom, on GMTD’s rankings of in-flight business class dining experiences (see BEST IN FLIGHT),