Emirates Airline's mission to be the very best continues apace. With last year's US$11-million renovation of its Business Lounge, one of seven at Dubai International Airport, the carrier unveiled its latest luxury facility. Spanning the entire length of the terminal building and nearly 6,000sqm (65,000sqf ), the multi-zone lounge has something for every traveller, including a Voss-branded health hub, a Costa Coffee cafe, a cigar bar and a colourful children's play area. Standing apart from the rest, however, is the Moët & Chandon Champagne lounge.
Blue Camel has created a vaguely retro-futuristic midcentury vibe within the space
Airlines are the world's biggest consumers of champagne, and Emirates is taking advantage of the fact with seating for 120 in the newly added space within the spacious Concourse B lounge. Dubai-based design studio Blue Camel married contemporary cosmopolitanism with classic Arabic motifs such as mashrabiya latticework, warmly toned timber, Italian furnishings, and rich materials such as marble for a singular spatial experience.The open layout, high ceiling and abundant natural light focus attention on the lounge's statement piece: the curvilinear, hand-decorated bar and its 2,400 hand-applied gold leaves. At times appearing matt and tactile, and at others dazzling as it glitters in the sun, the bar manages to be exceptional while effortlessly fitting in with the rest of the lounge. Blue Camel has created a vaguely retro-futuristic midcentury vibe within the space, with complementing creamy leather and gold seating, and a seamless delineation between spaces; subtle colour shifts to reds and darker woods and porcelain flooring demarcate zones.