Plaza Premium has just opened its doors in Dubai International Airport, allowing Emirates (and FlyDubai) passengers – not qualifying for its expansive lounges – a new place to relax and unwind before their next flight. It’s not a small lounge either. With space for over 300 guests it’s the largest independent pay-per-use airport lounge at Terminal 3 in the busiest transit hub in the Middle East.
The lounge offers a range of special features, including four Family Suites, a dedicated Playroom, a “first-class” enclosed private napping space, cigar lounge as well as male and female prayer rooms. But being Plaza premium, there’s also a great range of food and drinks including their branded Aerobar.
The 1,260 square metre lounge is situated on the upper level overlooking departure gates A2 and A3 affording it natural light from the airport’s high ceilings. It’s got a great apron view too.
Hong Kong-based designer Kinney Chan incorporated elements to interpret the waves of desert and ocean in movements. Beginning at the reception is a blue backdrop portraying Dubai’s city skyline, while rounded corners applied throughout the space exhibit the idea of sand dunes, and feature walls mimic the movement of sands in the wind.
Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai is the only airport lounge at the terminal to offer four 10-square-meter Family Suites catering to the needs of big families or small groups with the inclusion of services by a multi-lingual team starting with complimentary Arabic coffee and dates, and welcome drinks.
As part of the brand’s promise to promote family-friendliness and sustainability, the new family-friendly feature Playroom – the only dedicated kids’ zone at the terminal – is highlighted by colourful murals of camels, palm trees and iconic buildings in Dubai, the perfect spot for families to keep children entertained with educational and sustainably made toys by international toy brand Masterkidz while parents enjoy some “time-off”.
Appreciating the local culture, AeroBar is an enclosed space with feature walls illustrating a modernised take on the movement of sand and wind and includes a dedicated entry to a cigar lounge.
Following the brand’s “go green” culinary approach to reduce carbon footprint and to support the local community, the lounge presents a “glocal” cuisine freshly made in live cooking station with ingredients sourced locally to create Arabic, Asian and International cuisines.
A range of signature Arabic dishes include Sumak Hara, Emirati Majboos Dejaaj, Bamia Bil Laaham in addition to Asian flavors such as Pescado Encocado and Nasi Goreng with Satay. Specially designed menus for kids and infants are also available in addition to gluten-free options on request for travellers with special dietary requirements.
“Dubai is a city known for its ancient and modern attractions as well as a world-class destination for leisure, business and events, attracting nearly 16 million tourists in 2018. It’s already marking more than 15 million by November 2019 and with Expo 2020 coming in October, expanding our award-winning Plaza Premium Lounge into Dubai is our promise to make travel better for millions of travellers departing Dubai International.” shares Song Hoi See, Founder and CEO of Plaza Premium Group. “The airport is also a popular transit hub connecting Asia and Europe, our lounge at Terminal 3 will become popular for transit travellers to enjoy a relaxing moment.”