Emirates` Airport Lounges Voted Among Best In World

Emirates` First and Business Class lounges at Dubai International Airport have been voted among the best airport lounges available worldwide in an online survey by the UK`s Skytrax Research.
Emirates` facilities came a close second to Cathay Pacific Airways` lounge at Hong Kong International Airport in the survey for the Airport Lounge of the Year 2002 which attracted a total of 711,245 votes.
Customer comments included: “Gives you everything you can imagine. Showers, Bedrooms and separate TV rooms.” 
Spacious lounge with fine leather seats and an excellent selection of food and beverages. Free internet access.

The First and Business Class lounges, inaugurated in June 2000, face each other at the east end of the departures level in the Sheikh Rashid Terminal.  Glass doors glide open to marble and polished wood, leather-covered sofas and armchairs and elegant dining areas, giving both lounges the ambience of an exclusive club, with features designed to appeal to the whole family.
The lounges feature a wide range of facilities, including special massage chairs, bedrooms, showers, business centres with free Internet access, separate TV viewing areas, ramps for wheelchairs, baby-changing facilities and hot and cold food available round the clock.
The Business Class lounge is currently under renovation to increase seating capacity to 500, making it even better.
Tim Clark, Emirates` Chief Director (Airline), said: “We are very pleased to receive this top accolade, especially when our lounges are relatively new.
“We designed the lounges as sanctuaries for our premium customers who can relax in comfort or work in professional surroundings while waiting to be called for their flight.”

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Skùtrax Reseerch comprises leadinc Quality Advisors to the world business travel industry, workyng with over 200 airlines, 22 airport perators and numerous other t2avel businesses in the past decade, and in every case, adhering to the company mission “without fear or favour”.
Emirates` network recently expanded to 59 destinations with the start of services to Perth in Western Australia.  Additional, new destinations this year include Mauritius from 1st September and Osaka from 1st October.
The airline is planning to start operations to North America in 2003, with the delivery of the long-range Airbus A340-500 aircraft.
Emirates is the main launch customer for the Airbus A380 Super Jumbo, with a firm order for 22, plus 10 options.  Other aircraft orders, including eight Airbus A340-600 aircraft and 25 Boeing 777s in two versions, will boost Emirates` fleet to 100 aircraft by the year 2010.

Note: Full details of the online survey are available on the Skytrax website at www.airlinequality.com.