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Excellent Plaza Premium airport lounge opens in the Emirates terminal at Dubai

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For anyone with a flight on Emirates in the diary, Plaza Premium has opened a new lounge in Terminal 3 (Concourse A) of Dubai International Airport.

This is the first Plaza Premium lounge in the airport.

Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai

It is a whopping 1,260 square metres and, as you can see from the image above, looks very spacious.  Interestingly, there are ‘private 10 sq m suites’ with butler service available for family groups for an additional fee, plus a playroom.

The lounge costs a reassuringly expensive Dhs 199 (£41) on the door.  Luckily, you can also get access via a Priority Pass (buy one here, or free with Amex Platinum) or Lounge Club (two free passes with the ‘free for a year’ Amex Gold credit card).

You can also book in advance via this page of the Plaza Premium website here.

PS.  If you are on Dubai Concourse D in Terminal 1, which British Airways uses, there is a spectacular lounge deal available.  DragonPass – but not Priority Pass – gets you into the Ahlan First Class Lounge, used by various airlines for their First Class passengers.  Food and drink is, as you would expect, suitably first class as we covered here.


Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (November 2020)

As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with two free Priority Pass cards, one for you and one for a supplementary cardholder. Each card admits two so a family of four gets in free. You get access to all 1,300 lounges in the Priority Pass network – search it here

You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges. The card has a sign-up bonus of 30,000 points.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for the first year. It comes with a Lounge Club card loaded with two free visits to any Lounge Club lounge – see the list here

The Lounge Club list is slightly shorter than the Priority Pass list.  Additional visits are charged at £20.  You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.  There is no annual fee in Year 1 and a 20,000 points sign-up bonus.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients Read our full review

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free LoungeKey card, allowing you access to the LoungeKey network.  Guests are charged at £20 although it may be cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card for your partner.

The card has a fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer.  Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.

PS. You can find HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to almost all of them – indexed here.