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Emirates Adds Two Premium Lounges In Australia

Emirates Adds Two Premium Lounges In Australia

Emirates' luxurious First and Business Class Lounges at Sydney's Kingsford-Smith International Airport and at Perth Airport have been officially opened by top Australian dignitaries.

The new Emirates Lounge in Sydney was inaugurated by Deputy Premier John Watkins, while the one in Perth was opened by Western Australia Tourism Minister Sheila M(superscript: c)Hale. Emirates' Senior Vice President Commercial Operations East Asia and Australasia, Richard Vaughan, represented the airline at both the openings along with management and staff in Australia.

The openings follow those of dedicated Emirates lounges in Auckland and Brisbane.

Emirates has ensured that both new lounges meet its high standards by investing approximately A$2.5 million in designing and constructing the Emirates Lounge at Sydney and around A$2 million in building the one in Perth.

Both the lounges are modelled on Emirates' multi-award winning First and Business Class Lounges in Dubai, embodying the airline's dedication to providing its passengers superior service and quality.

In Sydney, the Emirates Lounge is 880 sq.m in size and caters for 160 guests, making it the largest dedicated passenger lounge facility in Australia. It also features a business centre with eight individual work stations as well as an extensive menu, featuring hot and cold dishes prepared by an on-site chef, as well as fine beverages.

The Emirates Lounge at Perth Airport features 585 sq.m of space and is designed to accommodate 106 guests, with a business centre housing 12 individual work-stations and a dining room.

Both lounges are havens of luxury and comfort, featuring marble imported from Italy, high-quality leather sourced from Scotland, gold-plated Rolex wall clocks from Geneva, plasma screens and designer bathrooms as well as showers. Passengers can access wireless LAN facilities while in the lounges, which also offer hearing loops for the hearing-impaired and custom-made Braille/tactile signage for the sight-impaired.

The lounge facilities are available to Emirates' First and Business Class passengers as well as Gold members of Skywards, the frequent flyer program for Emirates and SriLankan Airlines.

In May 2004, Emirates committed more than US$13.6 million to develop top-notch lounges around the world. Australia has been key in this roll-out, with Brisbane being the first-ever on Emirates' network to feature an Emirates Lounge. Since then the airline has inaugurated such facilities for its passengers in Auckland, New York, London Gatwick and Paris, with more currently being developed across the network.

The Emirates Lounge in Sydney will provide a luxurious sanctuary for the airline's passengers who currently travel to and from New South Wales, reinforcing its commitment to the entire Australasian market.

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