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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.

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.

Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai

Getting airport lounge access via a UK credit card

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

Two free Priority Pass cards (one for you, one for your supplementary Platinum cardholder, each admitting two – so a family of four gets in free) giving access to every lounge in the Priority Pass network – search it here.  You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

You get a Lounge Club card loaded with two free visits to any Lounge Club network lounge – see the list here.  The list is slightly shorter than the Priority Pass list, but not by much.  Additional visits are charged at £20 per person.  You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.  No annual fee in Year 1.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

You get a free LoungeKey card allowing you access to any property in the LoungeKey network.  Guests are charged at £20 although regular travellers will find it cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card (adults only, of course).  The card has an annual 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.