By Sade Williams
To celebrate the upcoming holiday season, Emirates has ramped up its product offering both on board and on the ground for a superior travel experience. A new Christmas menu has been introduced for the first time across all cabin classes featuring traditional festive meals.
Emirates festive menu
The special menu will be in addition to the wide variety of cuisine available on board and features holiday favourites such as roast turkey and yule log cakes. The festive offering reflects Emirates’ commitment to providing regional and seasonal menus using fresh ingredients of the highest quality across its network.
These Christmas meals are available for customers travelling from Dubai to Australia, Europe, the United States or the United Kingdom and will be served throughout December.
Customers travelling in Economy Class can enjoy Rolled turkey buffé served with cranberry jus lié, mashed potatoes, chicken sausage and seasonal vegetables. For desserts, customers will be served Festive Chocolate Pudding with spiced ginger custard.
Those travelling in First and Business Class will start with a poached king prawns with Marie Rose sauce and fennel with lemon and herbs and enjoy a main course of rolled turkey buffé served with chestnut stuffing, cranberry jus lié, pumpkin mash and brussels sprouts with turkey rashers and cream. A variety of desserts is available on the different routes including Chocolate Pudding, Chocolate & Chestnut Torte and Yule log.
As a special treat, First Class Customers, can look out for luxury hot chocolate handmade with 100% Valrhona Chocolate and blended to perfection by chocolatier David Franco.
Premium customers can also get into the holiday spirit before the flight departs at the six Emirates lounges found in Dubai International Airport. Traditional sweets such as Basler Leckerli gingerbread cookies, Christmas cake and Stollen cake are being served as well as roasted turkey in the First Class lounges.
Special treat for young flyers
Emirates has also pulled out all the stops to ensure young flyers get the most of their holiday travel experience. A special kid’s festive menu is available for the second year with roast turkey, sweet potato mash, carrots and peas, as well as a candy cane and Emirates’ Little Travellers chocolate buttons as an added treat.
As part of the Emirates Fly With Me Animals, a fifth character will greet young travellers this December. Eve, the reindeer, will be introduced on board to coincide with the Christmas season. She will join Eric the eagle, Silka the seal, Abbott the hedgehog and Shane the Koala.
All five animals are featured across three product lines: the Travel Buddy which comes with a plastic toggle allowing the toy to be hung in the car, on a pram or in the cot; the Carry Buddy, a dual purpose toy and blanket; as well as the Magnetic Sketcher for young ones to express themselves creatively. Airport lounges in Dubai and outstations will also feature the Cuddle Buddy – a soft blanket which acts as a companion for younger kids.
Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system, ice Digital Widescreen, has over 2,500 channels of entertainment including 40 dedicated kids’ channels to keep children occupied. These include Marvel movies, all the Star Wars films, Disney Classics and movies based on Roald Dahl books. As a special treat in December, holidays classics such as Home Alone, Elf, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation and The Nutcracker are also available on board.
Emirates Official Store
For those who are not travelling but wish to get into the Emirates festive spirit, the Emirates Official Store has a range of Christmas inspired products that are perfect for last minute gifts. These include a limited edition red First Class blanket, Christmas cookie tin featuring the signature Emirates Little Traveller characters, Santa teddies and the Fly With Me Animals. Tree decorations and greeting card are also available in stores and online at emirates.store