It took me a while to write this post … getting used to Doha weather and settling in our new home! YES we have got an accommodation finally and it does take much to turn the house into a home… But how exciting! It has been quite cool in the beautiful city of Doha since I came back, beginning of February and it is only now that the temperature is starting to make a shift upwards. A few weeks of rain and storms went by and now the beautiful blue sky is back again. I have also started driving on the right side of the road. It seemed weird at first and the traffic is still the same but I am getting used to it. Fortunately for me it is not as hard as I had thought. I am also getting used to my BMW 3 Series (sports line, twin turbo), which is great fun to ride (0 to 100 Kms in 5.6 secs) but easily intimated by the numerous Toyota Land Cuisers, Audi Q5, Q7, Land Rovers and other huge vehicles!
Amedee Maingard Lounge, Mauritius: Okayish
The trip back to Doha started with Amedee Maingard Lounge which is intended for Air Mauritius passengers and its partners. It is a relatively new one which has been built with the new passenger terminal. The old lounge was smaller but cosier and warmer. This new one is quite big with two levels. Level 1 is surprisingly deserted; all the activities seem to be happening on Level 2.
Since the lounge is very bright, it will be hard to find a quiet ‘dim’ place if you want to rest/sleep. And, anyway I have not seen any couch or recliners for that purpose.
Food availability and variety seem to depend on days. I have been through the lounge many times before when there was a limited choice of food; luckily this time the variety of food offered was reasonable.
On the plus side: it has a very nice area dedicated to children.
You will find things to do if you have at most one hour to spend in this lounge; however longer than that might become boring.
Emirates Business Class Lounge, Dubai: Massive
Being my first time in Emirates Lounge in Dubai, I must admit I was pretty impressed. It cannot be compared to the business class lounge in Mauritius airport, particularly in terms of size and crowd.
The Emirates lounge was very busy even though it was around 5 in the morning. So many people travel business class? Really? Eventhough the lounge has lots and lots of seating areas available, it was quite hard to find a free table at that time. However if you keep walking till the almost end, you can find some quieter areas.
Emirates lounge also offers a variety of hot and cold food well distributed throughout the lounge through different buffet areas; however there was no porridge offered – a bit unfortunate for my two year old toddler — and not a great choice of food. (Maybe it was because of that time of the day).
If you fancy using your computer, the lounge has 2 business centres with computers, as well as showers, couches, magazine racks and several quiet areas. And, if you fancy a massage, there is also a spa available!
Overall it is a great lounge and I am sure anyone can find plenty to do even if you have hours to kill. The only thing that can still be improved I think is the variety of food offered.
Flying Emirates A380 Business Class: A Great Plane for Technology Savvy Travellers
The trip back to Doha in Emirates A380 was an iota better than when I left Doha for Mauritius. It was a night flight again and the noise in the cabin did not allow us to sleep much. As mentioned in my previous post, the Emirates A380 is a great aircraft. Top technology. Very advanced. The bed lies completely flat and a mattress is also offered if desired which makes it very very comfortable.
However I would recommend business class only for people who can sleep like logs or for those who do not sleep, particularly when it comes to the price of the business class ticket. As for the technology addicts, they will be over the moon.
Given I was unable to sleep, I enjoyed the bar/lounge; there was plenty of finger foods available and your favourite drink served as per your order.
From my view: if you want to sleep and it’s a night flight and you are not fussed then (paradoxically though) economy will do the job. If you intend to make the most of technology (don’t forget you have internet access on the plane!) then Business Class is the way to go. The price difference between economy and business and how you intend to spend your time on board might also help you decide which class to fly.
Have you travelled Emirates A380 Business Class or Economy at night for 6 to 10 hours? How did you find it?