A peek inside the newly-upgraded Emirates lounge for youngsters at Dubai International Airport
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PS4s, TVs, a snack bar, and free WiFi… is it the perfect living room? An arcade? A childhood fantasy?
Nope, it’s what’s on offer at the recently jazzed-up Emirates lounge for unaccompanied minors at Dubai International Airport (DXB).
Inside, the slick lounge has been kitted out with bright yellow, orange and grey sofas, TVs, two arcade-style PlayStation 4 consoles, plus a stylish-looking snack bar. Even the toilets are designed to be kid-friendly.
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The lounge is located in Terminal 3, where children can be dropped off to meet the Emirates team, who will check them in at the lounge – before taking them through security and handing them safely over to cabin crew on the aircraft.
On board, little ones flying with Emirates will be kept thoroughly entertained with a headset, more than 50 Disney films and 130 TV channels to choose from, plus a range of toys and activity packs.
Who is Emirates unaccompanied minors lounge for, and what does it cost?
Currently, the lounge is only for use by Young Passengers (YPs) – children aged five to 15 – as part of Emirates’ unaccompanied minors service.
Typically, the service is available for YPs aged up to 11, when travelling from Dubai, and needs to be pre-booked in advance of travel.
As children aged 12 to 15 can technically travel alone, without a parent, guardian or other adult present, they don’t necessarily need the unaccompanied minor service. However, it can be specifically requested for YPs in this age group.
Use of the lounge is also available for children who are passing through Dubai on a connecting flight, again when booked in advance.
Though it needs pre-booking, children aged five to 11 who are flying unaccompanied will receive the service for free, but their flight will be charged as an adult fare – which can be paid for using cash, card or Emirates Skywards rewards miles in the normal way.
12 to 15-year-olds, meanwhile, travel on adult fares anyway – meaning use of the unaccompanied minor service will cost $50 (approx. £37) per leg of the journey. The Points Guy UK has reached out to Emirates to find out if this fee can be paid using Emirates Skywards, and we’ll update when we hear back.
To book, you’ll need to reach out to the Emirates team at Dubai International Airport Terminal 3 on +971600555555.
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