Tried to take advantage of the free wifi in the Emirates first class lounge in Dubai...but it did not work, so this is being posted in Singapore.
The flight departed one hour late, but we did not care. There was no line at security checks, which are very civilized in Frankfurt. We did not have to wait to board the plane and soon found ourselves in a private world. We did not see business or economy class passengers, and there are only eight first class cabins...so you don’t see other passengers.
I have traveled first class on a number on airlines, but nothing compared to the the current Emirates first class experience. For me, first class is all about space, although most advertising focuses on food, drink, and smiling girls. The cabin/suite is three meters long and one meter wide, with a seat of 80 centimeters that makes into a flat bed. Sheets and a duvet--not a blanket--are provided, if you want to sleep. The entertainment system offers too much choice, from 140 films, to television and music. The program is better than I have at home. One nice feature is that there are two toilets for eight people, as opposed to six for 300 in the back.
The experience starts with Dom Perignon, which goes rather nicely with the caviar and appetizers. I was pleased to see one of my favorite Bordeaux wines--Lynch-Bages--being served with the choice of five main course. Dessert included tarte tartin, which one seldom sees. If one is fussy about such things, three sorts of espresso were offered. I had sencha tea.
I would provide photos, but the cable is in the luggage. Anyone interested can check out the Emirates advertising.
The only disappointment was the arrival in Dubai. They do not treat transferring first class passengers as well as I had expected. We had to slum with the united nations of guest workers to get through security checks, which were rather chaotic. In Emirates home terminal, I would expect a dedicated line for first class. Then, once through and into the terminal/shopping center, signs for the first class lounge are minimal.
But, the lounge is impressive. Like a desert oasis, one is greeted by fountains. I estimate that it has about the same square meter count as a football field, only long and narrow. There are several food bars with service, a sushi bar, and a full-service restaurant. There is a spa for massages and treatments. A shoe shine boy waits patiently for anyone needing a shine...at two in the morning. It is all a bit overwhelming, considering that one has been wined and dined on the flight and expect more of the same on the next flight to Singapore.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.