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[h=2]plenty of options...here is my guide[/h]
"Guide to DXB
The terminals are numbered 1, 2 and 3
I found it better to think of them as gate areas A, B and C
Gate areas B and C are attached and one can walk the total length of the B and C gate areas. It might take 20 to 30 minutes at a slow walk to do so.
I don’t think the A gates are reachable from within the terminal without catching the train that leaves down the escalators around about B16 to B18. The train seems to leave every two minutes and takes about two minutes. No extra security checks are needed to do this.
Emirates has a business and first lounge in each of those gate areas. I visited these six lounges, plus a Diners Club lounge on my recent walk round.
C gates First Lounge, found near C gates 22, 23: small in comparison to A and B first and business lounges. I was the only customer there for roughly 10 staff. Plenty of food and alcohol. Views of airport reminiscent of Sydney Qantas first lounge. Windows 8 in the computers. Smoking lounge upstairs. I tasted the honey fish on this lounge.
C Gates Business Lounge, also near gates C 22 and 23, opposite the C First Lounge. Also nice airport views. The slowest net and probably the smallest of the Emirates lounges that I visited.
B Gates First Lounge: Can be accessed between gates B16 and B18 directly opposite the escalators that go down to the trains to A gates. There are some escalators, a little bit hard to spot, on your right as you walk in the direction away from the C gates. Or behind you as you face the way down to A gates. This is a very big lounge with formal and informal dining areas, and plenty of nooks and crannies. Computers have Windows 7 and internet speed was reasonable. Smoking area is in the area most distant from the entrance and thus can be easily avoided. In this lounge I ate some very nice scallops.
B Gates Business Lounge, can also be accessed from the escalators up to the first (B) lounge. Or there is another entrance near B8, just near a Boots pharmacy. Very large. Would be entirely satisfactory. I found a back entrance near b19 but it was not open
A Gates First Lounge: Follow the signs to the poorly marked lifts. The lift call button is on a pole between the two lifts. This lounge is accessed on the 4th floor and is obviously the flag-ship lounge. Much bigger than all the other lounges. The scale is mind boggling. I am pretty sure this is the “A380” lounge, and the one that everyone talks about. Boarding can be direct from lounge. There are duty free shops contained within it. Roquefort cheese and The Australian newspaper was found here.
The Diners Lounge is in Terminal C, near gate C14 and Costa Coffee I totally wouldn't bother-very small with heavy smoking presence. Plenty of alcohol and soft drinks in evidence though. My Diners card was run through a machine for authorisation but I was not charged at all.
Way way down the end of the A lounges is a door with a sign marked "to the B and C terminal and lounges". I thought I had found some sort of magic portal. But I asked the staff and found that they lead down to a bus that runs between the terminals. It doesn't run all day. I didn't leave the terminal and likely never will."
I spent a total of 11 hrs last month in the F lounges at both the A gates and the B/C gates. Food & beverage was the same at both. The lounge at the A gates was bigger and had more rooms for computers/napping etc so I'd hang out here over the other one given the choice. Both lounges were very sparsely populated though the whole time I was there.
I didn't visit the J lounges as I figured I'd go there next time when I drop to Gold.
I haven't been to as many lounges as most people here but the DXB F lounges are the lounges I've been most impressed with to date with regards to space, food, service and amenities.