As part of my recent trip to Dubai (DXB) from Frankfurt (FRA) I opted for the obvious choice: Emirates airlines. Emirates flies to multiple destinations in Germany and features one of my favourite business class products in the skies – when it comes to their A380 fleet.
While Emirates is almost every time not the most economical choice they still manage to convince with a very nice ground service as they operate their own lounges in several airports and, as long as you don’t get one of their outdated 777 aircraft, an equally comfortable experience onboard.
The Emirates lounge at Frankfurt international airport is located in terminal 2 and a short walk of roughly 3 minutes after clearing immigration. Since Frankfurt airport has individual security screening for a couple of gates each there are no lounges or duty free shops behind security in this airport.
The Emirates lounge is almost right opposite the gate used for departures to Dubai. Business and first class customers as well as Emirates status holders are invited to relax there before boarding.
Since the lounge is exclusive to Emirates flights the opening hours are based on those flights and there are boarding announcements in the lounge. After checking-in at the front desk the lounge leads into a long room that features a big area with comfortable lounge chairs along the windows. Unfortunately the windows are pretty high so you can look outside and the lounge is on the ‘boring’ side of the airport anyway (facing the highway).
The restrooms are in a separated area and are styled in the typical Emirates features, as usual they are also very big and clean. A nice touch is the fact that they use real towels.
At the opposite end to the front desk the lounge features an extensive buffet with several hot and cold options, salads, deserts, chilled (soft) drinks and alcohol.
I loved that the food on display was a nice mix between typical German/European and Arabic/Asian options. All of the food was delicious and there were several lounge attendants to assist and clear used plates.
There is also reasonably fast WIFI available. In terms of size it did get a bit crowded the closer we got to departure time but it wasn’t really packed. Since this flight featured an A380 with a rather big business class cabin I’d say the lounge is intentionally designed with a bigger capacity than needed.
This, the good service and extensive food, made a great place to relax for awhile and get ready for the flight to Dubai. I also greatly appreciate the effort Emirates takes in opening their own lounges to provide a consistently great experience on the ground and in the air.