December 24, 2015

Review: Dubai International First Class Lounge, Dubai Terminal 1 (DXB)

Flying Etihad A380 First Apartment to Dubai and Qatar Airways A380 First Class to Paris

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Dubai International First Class Lounge entrance

Date of visit: December 5, 2015

Location: Terminal 1 after security, between gates C12 and C14
Access: First and business class passengers flying on various airlines like Qatar Airways; Lounge Club members (maximum 5 hours); Priority Pass members and Diners Club members
Opening hours:  Daily, open 24 hours


Dubai International First Class Lounge reception

Christmas tree by the reception area

Second Floor (Smoking Room)

Smoking Room signage

Dubai International First Class Lounge TV room with lounge chairs

Dubai International First Class Lounge seating

2 massage chairs

Dubai International First Class Lounge bar

Buffet Area

Dining area

Third Floor

Located on the third floor is one shower room

Main Floor (Non Smoking)

Dubai International First Class Lounge luggage storeroom

Newspapers and magazines

Workstations with 3 PCs and free wifi throughout the lounge

Massage chair

Gentlemen's Toilet

Dubai International First Class Lounge toilet


Dining area with 6 tables

Dining Area

Hot Buffet featuring Fish Savadia and Steamed Rice

Vegetable Torlili and Baked Paprika Potato

Italian Sausage and Green Bean Stew, Lemon Chicken and Masala Fried Fish

The soups offered during lunch service were lentil soup and lamb broth.

Self-serve Bar

White wine selection

Assorted Sushi and cold cuts

Assorted Cheese

Sliced fruits

Dessert, sandwiches and wraps

Arabic salad including hummus and moutabel among others

During breakfast, they had cereals, fruits and yogurt.


View of Pakistan Airlines aircraft


Although this lounge is much smaller than the adjacent Dubai International Business Class Lounge, I had never seen it get crowded during my entire stay probably due to the fact that there is not many passengers flying in first class. The food selection from the buffet was probably one of the best I have seen and the bar was just as impressive. Needless to say, the furnitures and overall design of the lounge is really old fashioned. Thankfully, they are transferring to a new lounge which will be located in Concourse D and which is set to open by January. Overall, this is a very nice lounge with excellent food and great staff, but with a not so modern design.

Shout out to Jewel and Thara for making this review possible!

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