This review is part of a three-week round-the-world holiday that I paid for using frequent flyer points.

Following an Emirates First Class flight from Toronto to Dubai, my partner and I had a seven-hour layover in Dubai before our First Class flight to the Maldives.

We decided to prioritise sleep over lounge time, so I booked a room at the Dubai International Hotel. By the time we woke, our onward flight had been allocated gate C7—practically at the very end of the original DXB terminal now labelled Concourse C.

This terminal is the largest by floor space out of any airport in the world.

Lounge details

Concourse C was opened in 2000 and was originally part of Terminal 1, however, since 2016 it has served as Emirates’ Terminal 3. This Emirates First Class lounge is the oldest and smallest of the three First Class lounges in Dubai. It is open 24 hours a day.

The lounge spans over two levels and offers sit-down dining, showers, self-serve alcohol stations, free wifi and a sleeping room.

Lounge location

The Emirates Concourse C lounge is located by gate C23.

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Lounge seating

Passing through the small reception area with low ceilings, you step into the lounge and your eyes are instantly drawn upwards to admire the high ceiling.

A water feature sits in the middle of the lounge lobby and enormous windows provide excellent views out to the apron, where an A380 was parked at the time of our visit.

Emirates First Class Lounge Terminal 3 Concourse C Dubai seating area
Emirates First Class Lounge Terminal 3 Concourse C Dubai seating area
Emirates First Class Lounge Terminal 3 Concourse C Dubai seating area

There is a large selection of magazines and newspapers on either side of the lobby area for you to read before your flight.

The lounge is decked-out in Emirates’ standard beige and brown colour palette, with lounge chairs located across both two levels. Power adapters are located in the tables for easy device charging. At 2am, there were only two other passengers in the lounge.

Emirates First Class Lounge Terminal 3 Concourse C Dubai seating area
Emirates First Class Lounge Terminal 3 Concourse C Dubai seating area

Food & drink

There is a buffet on the lower level with a large selection of hot and cold dishes and a smaller buffet on the mezzanine level. Dining tables and chairs are located on both levels. I didn’t sample any of the food considering I had just woke up and it was only 2am local time.

Emirates First Class Lounge Terminal 3 Concourse C Dubai dining table
Emirates First Class Lounge Terminal 3 Concourse C Dubai dining table
Emirates First Class Lounge Terminal 3 Concourse C Dubai food
Emirates First Class Lounge Terminal 3 Concourse C Dubai food
Emirates First Class Lounge Terminal 3 Concourse C Dubai food
Emirates First Class Lounge Terminal 3 Concourse C Dubai coffee machine
Emirates First Class Lounge Terminal 3 Concourse C Dubai tea
Emirates First Class Lounge Terminal 3 Concourse C Dubai milk and juice

Alcohol is self-serve and a waiter was roaming the lounge offering Moët champagne to guests. I decided not to fill up on it knowing there was a bottle of Dom Pérignon waiting for me onboard my flight.

Emirates First Class Lounge Terminal 3 Concourse C Dubai wine
Emirates First Class Lounge Terminal 3 Concourse C Dubai liquor & spirits

Amenities

There is a large sleeping room on the mezzanine, with privacy curtains around the recliner chairs.

Emirates First Class Lounge Terminal 3 Concourse C Dubai sleeping room

Showers are available in the bathrooms on the mezzanine level.

Emirates First Class Lounge Terminal 3 Concourse C Dubai bathroom
Emirates First Class Lounge Terminal 3 Concourse C Dubai bathroom

There are no spa facilities like in the First Class lounges in Concourses A and B.

Lounge access options

  • By class of travel: First Class passengers on Emirates flights
  • By Qantas Frequent Flyer status: Qantas Platinum and Platinum One when travelling on an Emirates flight
  • By Emirates Skywards status: Emirates Skywards Platinum members travelling on an Emirates flight
  • By day pass: starting from $210 USD

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My take

Overall, the Emirates Concourse C First Class lounge does not live up to the ‘First Class’ name on the sign nor the inbound Emirates First Class A380 experience. It feels more like a premium Business Class lounge.

It isn’t a lounge you would actively plan to arrive at the airport super early to enjoy but a pleasant and quiet place to spend an hour or so before your flight.

Emirates First Class Lounge Terminal 3 Concourse C Dubai overview was last modified: September 11th, 2019 by Greg Stone