Review | Ahlan Business Class Lounge, Dubai T1


Ahlan operates both a Business and First Class lounge in Dubai, offering contract access to a number of airlines and lounge membership groups. Both have recently been renovated and provide a very sophisticated haven in Concourse D/ Terminal 1. The lounge has previously been known as the “Dubai International Airport Hotel”.


  • Business Class passengers on contract airlines
  • Elite frequent flyers on contract airlines
  • Pay-per-entry: AED165/ USD55

Note: Many airlines utilise a number of lounges depending on the passenger’s tier. Singapore Airlines contracts the Marhaba Lounge, Lufthansa Senator Lounge and the Ahlan Lounge, depending on a combination of elite status and travel class.

The Details

The lounge is contemporary and striking, with a large welcome reception area. There’s a small lounge area to the side here, with lounge chairs suited for sleeping/ relaxing. For the AvGeeks, there is also a large monitor displaying the aircraft movements around the airfield.


Further down, there are pods with sleeping chairs to one side (not pictured), whilst a business centre is located opposite.


The bulk of the lounge features a well laid out dining/ lounge area with ample seating and plenty of tables.


There is a fully tended bar at the far end, along with a comprehensive buffet spread, allowing you to have a full mean/ refreshment at any time of the day.


As is common for many lounges nowadays, there is a spa with treatments available for purchase. The TimelessSpa brand is also commonly seen in Emirates lounges. Treatments here are not complimentary (they are in the Emirates First lounge), and are, as expected, relatively expensive.


The lounge, overall, is well equipped. There are showers, prayer rooms, sleeping areas, dining rooms, a bar, business centre and more, all laid out in a classy and sophisticated environment. Given the standard and age of the other lounges in this concourse, the Ahlan product is perhaps the best. Many travellers will be left with a choice on which lounge to use (e.g. a Gold passenger in Business Class on Singapore Airlines can use either the Lufthansa Business Lounge or the Ahlan Business Lounge). In these cases, we strongly recommend Ahlan. It does not disappoint, and is very hard to fault.





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