I sadly departed the St. Regis around 7:30 for my 10:30 AM flight to Hong Kong. I didn’t stay sad long, though, because I was flying international first class for the first time!
I departed the St. Regis Dubai around 7:30 AM, when my Emirates chauffeur arrived. This time, a Mercedes, with “Emirates First” written on the door, was waiting for me.
It was a quick ride to Terminal 3 at DXB, which is almost completely Emirates (strategic partner Qantas shares the terminal as well).
I walked into the massive check-in area, which is solely for first and business class passengers. First class passengers get red carpets, business class passengers get blue.
After clearing security and customs, I took the train to the A concourse, where the first and business class lounges are, as well as most of the A380 gates. I was very impressed with how beautiful the terminal was, and just how massive it really is. I’m not surprised to learn it used to be the largest building in the world by floor space.
After taking a few escalators up to the entrance, I arrived at the Emirates First Class Lounge.
The entrance is grand, with an elegant chandelier and fresh flower arrangements.
After verifying that I was able to enter, I walked into the lounge. Calling it a lounge isn’t really appropriate. Each of the business and first class lounges stretches the entire length of the terminal. Each gate has its own entrance. It’s so big, the lounge has a map, like a mall.
I first went over to check out the food. Even though I had eaten a light breakfast at the St. Regis, there was no way I was missing out on this restaurant! Emirates provides guests with a table-service breakfast, complete with fine champagnes and wine. If you’re there later in the day, you can get a 5-star meal, like filet.
I elected to have the crèpes, which came with some fresh-baked bread.
I absolutely loved breakfast, including the mimosas and iced coffee that went with it.
After breakfast, I decided to check out other areas of the lounge. There’s a cigar lounge, which has its own bar and complimentary cigars.
Then, I decided to cash in on my complimentary spa treatment. First class passengers get one complimentary treatment, so I got a back massage.
Finally, I checked out some of the gate areas, which have their own bars and buffet areas.
Unfortunately, it was soon time to board my flight to Hong Kong. As mentioned, there are check in areas in the gate, which takes you directly to your jet bridge.
After my boarding pass was scanned, it was finally time to check out the A380 and Emirates’ first class experience!1