Emirates Unveils Renovated Lounge At O.R. Tambo International Airport

Emirates is ushering in a new era of luxury and comfort with the reopening of its dedicated lounge at O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB).


  • The refreshed lounge is situated at the Mezzanine Level, a brief stroll from the boarding gates at departure Terminal A.
  • It offers a level of comfort, hospitality, and convenience travellers have been expecting from one of the region’s most popular airlines.
  • This exclusive space is designed to cater to Emirates First and Business class passengers, as well as Platinum and Gold Emirates Skywards members.
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Enhancing passengers travel experience before embarking on the airline’s three daily flights from Johannesburg to Dubai and beyond, Emirates has spared no expense in upgrading the lounge, transforming it into a haven of transit elegance.


Seating in the renovated Emirates lounge at O.R. Tambo International Airport. Image: Emirates

The redesign incorporates contemporary elements seamlessly blended with Middle Eastern influences. The carefully chosen colour palette of rich cream and subtle neutral undertones creates a calming and rejuvenating ambiance whilst aligning with an identity that the airline has become famous for. The lounge, covering an area of 312 square meters, can accommodate up to 146 customers, offering a visually appealing and comfortable space.

The dedicated lounge in Johannesburg underpins our efforts and commitment to serve Johannesburg and is integral in offering a seamless travel experience on the ground that speaks to the Emirates brand for our premium customers.

// Regional Manager: South Africa for Emirates, Afzal Parambil


First and Business Class passengers, along with Emirates Skywards Platinum and Gold members, can indulge in an array of amenities. The lounge boasts relaxed and formal seating, a fully equipped business center with 6 state-of-the-art touch-screen workstations, complimentary WiFi, LED TV’s, bespoke artwork, restrooms with showers, and a dedicated prayer room. To enhance the travel experience further, a selection of luxury spa products is available.


Entrance to the renovated Emirates lounge at O.R. Tambo International Airport. Image: Emirates

On the catering front, Emirates offers an extensive complimentary buffet featuring local, Middle Eastern, Asian, and European dishes. The lounge, in the spirit of the festive season, introduces a touch of Christmas too. Passengers can savour slow-cooked lamb shanks, deboned chicken thigh, stem-on baby carrots, and delectable desserts like the Red Velvet cake topped with white chocolate mousse dome garnished with berry sauce and fresh mixed berries.


Lounge access is just one of the perks that Premium Class customers enjoy when flying with Emirates. The airline provides a comprehensive suite of signature on-the-ground services, including a chauffeur-driven service to the airport, dedicated check-in counters, and priority baggage handling. These ground services seamlessly complement the popular onboard travel experience aboard Emirates’ flagship A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft.


Food options in the renovated Emirates lounge at O.R. Tambo International Airport. Image: Emirates

Emirates boasts a vast network of 39 dedicated airport lounges worldwide, including 7 in Dubai and 32 strategically located within major airports globally.


As the reimagined Emirates Lounge in Johannesburg opens its doors, it marks a new chapter for the airline in strengthening the links between South Africa and Dubai, well into 2024 and beyond.


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