Celebrate the 51st UAE National Day with Emirates

Emirates celebrates 51st UAE National Day on board

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Celebrate the 51st UAE National Day with Emirates

Emirates is marking the 51st UAE National Day with a range of exciting activities that include new design motifs and lighting schemes in its aircraft cabins, traditional Arabic sweets served on board and an exclusive UAE commemoration watch for sale on EmiratesRED in the Emirates Lounges in Dubai.

UAE National Day marks the union of the seven emirates and is celebrated on 2 December. Joining the celebrations, Emirates gives passengers in all classes departing Dubai an Emirati-inspired sweet treat, Qahwa or coffee-flavoured milk chocolate in a giftbox adorned with Arabic calligraphy. Passengers visiting Emirates Lounges in Dubai can enjoy miniature date tarts laced with Arabic coffee cream, or a delicately whipped and creamy date mousse.

As passengers board aircraft in Dubai and disembark at their destination, colourful mood lighting representing the UAE flag illuminates the aircraft interior and in another subtle touch, Emirates’ multi-award-winning ice inflight entertainment system will bear the iconic Ghaf tree, a historic and cultural symbol of stability and peace in the UAE’s desert environment. The motif is also used as a design highlight throughout Emirates’ newest Boeing 777 and A380 aircraft interiors.

Emirates’ in-flight entertainment library offers content about the history and future of the UAE, highlights of food and drink beloved in the region, UAE arts and culture including many movies, podcasts and songs by Emirati artists, as well as travel guides exploring UAE attractions and hidden gems.

Passengers can also purchase a limited edition Zinvo Air Blade 50 years Anniversary Edition Automatic Watch on board all Emirates flights.

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Emirates invests over US$2bn to enhance in-flight experience

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Emirates is investing over US$2bn to enhance its in-flight customer experience.

The project includes a retrofit of over 120 aircraft with the latest interiors, as well as an array of other service improvements across all cabins starting this year.

Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said: “While others respond to industry pressures with cost cuts, Emirates is flying against the grain and investing to deliver ever better experiences to our customers. Through the pandemic we’ve continued to launch new services and initiatives to ensure our customers travel with the assurance and ease, including digital initiatives to improve customer experiences on the ground. Now we’re rolling out a series of intensive programmes to take Emirates’ signature in-flight experiences to the next level.”

Refreshed menus

From August, Emirates will be offering its customers new menus on select routes in First Class, featuring dishes such as pan-fried salmon trout with moqueca sauce and creole rice, roasted duck breast with orange thyme jus, steamed broccolini and fondant potatoes. New menus will also be introduced to Business and Economy on 1 September.

Emirates’ new vegan menu will cater to the growing numbers of customers opting for this choice and includes handcrafted gourmet dishes such as pan-roasted king oyster mushrooms, jackfruit biryani and sliced kohlrabi garnished with burnt orange. The dessert menu includes chocolate truffle cake with hazelnut, pistachio and gold leaf, or green grape tart adorned with candied rose petals, vanilla custard, and berry compote glistening with yuzu pearls.

Emirates’ First Class experience  offers passengers unlimited portions of Persian caviar as part of the ‘dine on demand’ service with a pairing of Dom Perignon vintage champagne. The carrier’s cinema snack menu includes lobster rolls, sliders, edamame and salted popcorn, which can also be ordered on demand.

For customers departing from Dubai, the airline will also be offering fresh greens harvested from Bustanica, the world’s largest vertical farm and newly-opened US$40 million joint venture investment through Emirates Flight Catering. Emirates says it is continuing to invest in sustainable operations and supply chains, seeking local food suppliers and farms wherever possible to serve the freshest produce on board.

You can find more details on the carrier’s refreshed dining experience here.

Upgraded cabin interiors

Emirates’ cabins will be retrofitted with new or reupholstered seats, new panelling, flooring and other cabin features, with every cabin class being refreshed and new Premium Economy cabins installed. After the retrofit, Emirates will have a total of 120 aircraft offering Premium Economy seats.

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Etihad Airways unveils new economy class soft furnishings and tableware

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UAE national carrier Etihad Airways has unveiled its new economy class soft furnishings and tableware. Both will be launched on board in the fourth quarter of the year.

The airline says the new products have been designed with sustainability and improved guest experience as primary objectives. The economy class experience will be upgraded with new soft furnishings and includes a 35% larger pillow with a 200 thread-count cotton cover made locally in the UAE, as well as a soft blanket made from recycled plastic on all flights.

The new dining experience features reusable tableware, part of a closed loop recycling system made from recycled high-quality plastic, thereby eliminating the use of single-use plastic. Etihad is also introducing quality stainless-steel cutlery in its economy cabin which upgrades the experience and also reduces single-use plastic.

Terry Daly, Executive Director Guest Experience, Brand and Marketing, said: “Etihad is trailblazing when it comes to sustainability in aviation. Following extensive research and development through our eco-flights over the past few years, we’re proud to reveal the first in a series of enhancements to our in-flight experience. Our commitment to sustainability doesn’t come at a compromise to the quality and thoughtfulness behind Etihad’s guest experience, and these innovative new products will further improve our offering. We look forward to rolling out this new experience across the fleet towards the latter part of the year.”

Etihad says its economy cabin is renowned for its spacious seating featuring a signature fixed wing headrest which provides optimal support for a restful travel experience. The carrier also offers Economy Space seating which provides an additional 4″ of legroom for every guest who chooses to upgrade to this option and Etihad’s passengers may choose neighbour-free seating in Economy for an additional fee.

This new launch follows the introduction of the carrier’s new Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi themed children’s packs across its fleet in February and the unveiling of the new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft, which entered into service in March and features Etihad’s new interior cabin design – including the state-of-the-art economy and business class seating.