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My driver dropped me off right by the British Airways check-in counters and I made it inside of the terminal quickly. I arrived a bit before 07:00 and therefore check-in wasn’t quite open yet, but there was already a queue forming for World Traveller (Economy). No queues existed for both premium check-in areas: First, Club World, OneWorld Emerald, Sapphire, and Ruby.
The check-in opened up right at 07:00 and a very friendly agent issued me boarding passes for both flights and advised me to wait a bit as he would call another agent who would guide me through security, passport control, and take me to the lounge. After about five minutes of waiting, another friendly British Airways agent welcomed me and advised me to follow her. She asked me how my stay in Dubai was and also asked what I was able to visit, she was extremely friendly and very kind. Security and Passport Control took about ten minutes and soon enough, I was in the lounge.
British Airways operates a few flights to London from Dubai and therefore have their own Galleries Lounge at the airport. The lounge isn’t huge in size, but it makes sense since not a lot of people utilise it. I had about an hour and a half to kill and therefore decided to go Duty Free shopping (something that I never do), and ended up buying some souvenirs for friends and family.
The BA lounge is one giant room with a lot of comfortable seating areas, snacks are located in the back of the lounge and restrooms are located near the entrance.
The lounge is definitely not the newest, but then again, neither are the BA lounges at Heathrow… at least the view from the lounge was awesome. I was able to watch Emirates aircraft for a good hour or so.
The drink selection was extensive and featured alcohol, soda, water, juice, etc.
The food spread wasn’t that impressive in that it consisted of cereal, pastry items, cold sandwiches, cold fruit salads, and a few warm items that I didn’t try. I wasn’t particularly hungry since it was early and I knew that I wanted to try a bunch of food during the flight.
I had tea and two pastry items for breakfast, watched the airplanes for a bit, and later went shopping since the lounge WiFi was super slow so I couldn’t really do anything. All in all, the BA Galleries Lounge in Dubai is a nice place to relax a bit before your flight, while it isn’t the most modern, the staff are extremely friendly and you can have a bite to eat before your flight. About thirty minutes before scheduled departure time, boarding was called in the lounge and we were advised to leave as soon as possible since the lounge was about ten gates away from the departure gate.
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