Emirates opens Aussie lounges
Emirates is opening first and business class lounges at Sydney and Perth’s airport, following a $2 million investment in each lounge.
The lounges are modeled on Emirates’ First and Business Class Lounges in Dubai.
In Sydney, the Emirates Lounge is 880m2 in size and caters for 160 guests, making it the largest dedicated passenger lounge facility in Australia. It also features a business center with eight individual work stations as well as an extensive menu, featuring hot and cold dishes prepared by an on-site chef, as well as fine beverages.
The Emirates Lounge at Perth Airport features 585m2 of space and is designed to accommodate 106 guests, with a business centre housing 12 individual work-stations and a dining room.
Both lounges feature marble imported from Italy, high-quality leather sourced from Scotland, gold-plated Rolex wall clocks from Geneva, plasma screens and designer bathrooms as well as showers. Passengers can access wireless LAN facilities while in the lounges, which also offer hearing loops for the hearing-impaired and custom-made Braille/tactile signage for the sight-impaired.
The lounge facilities are available to Emirates’ First and Business Class passengers as well as Gold members of Skywards, the frequent flyer program for Emirates and SriLankan Airlines.
Both lounges were designed and constructed by the Sydney-based SmithMadden Group and designed to first-class specifications from Emirates.
In May 2004, Emirates committed more than $13.6 million to develop top-notch lounges around the world. Australia has been key in this roll-out, with Brisbane being the first-ever on Emirates’ network to feature an Emirates Lounge. Since then the airline has inaugurated such facilities for its passengers in Auckland, New York, London Gatwick and Paris, with more currently being developed across the network.