Emirates' upgraded business class lounge at Dubai International Airport's Concourse B now looks like an even better place to spend a few hours between flights.
The airline colossus has partnered with Moët & Chandon to open a champagne lounge serving four of the brand's finest drops: Moët Impérial, Moët Rosé Impérial, Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage and Moët Nectar Impérial.
Yes, we suggest you book a long layover for your next trip.
There's also a unique selection of canapés created to complement each champagne, such as smoked salmon wrapped in nori with wasabi mayonnaise to go with Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2006; and passion fruit and jasmine tea macaroons to be paired with Moët Nectar Impérial.
Okay, so you'd better make that a l-o-n-g layover.
The champagne bar is one of the fruits of an US$11 million upgrade which has been ticking away for the past two years, which has also seen the lounge expanded to almost 10,000 square feet with room for over 1,500 travellers – a solid 40% boost in capacity which will be welcomed during peak times.
Emirates has also enlisted British brand Costa Coffee to run its new in-lounge cafe, serving everything from barista-pulled short black shots to iced coffees alongside pastries on a 24x7 basis.
In addition, the cavernous lounge gains a 'health hub' developed in partnership with Voss water. Travellers can enjoy water with a selection of fruit and water infusions, fruit juices and smoothies plus gourmet sandwiches, wraps, and salads.
The three new refreshment areas are the first of several new concepts planned for lounges at Emirates' Dubai hub, with cocktail bars and sports bars to follow.
Dubai Airport's Concourse B is home to Emirates' Boeing 777 flights and selected Airbus A380 flights, with the business class lounge open to the airline's first class and business class passengers; Platinum, Gold and Silver members of the Emirates Skywards frequent flyer program; and Qantas Platinum and Gold frequent flyers.