DUBAI: Celebrating Lunar New Year on the 10 February and heralding the year of the Dragon, Emirates customers can embrace the luck of the season with curated menus in Emirates lounges in Dubai, Singapore, Bangkok, Shanghai and Beijing, enjoy traditional ‘red envelopes’ shared inflight, and blockbuster movies onboard in Mandarin and Cantonese.
Emirates customers on select routes will be treated to a Lunar New Year dessert, a luscious red velvet lychee cake in First and Business Class, and a creamy red velvet lychee mousse in Economy Class. First and Business Class customers will also receive a traditional red envelope filled with chocolate coins, to share the good luck and wishes of the new year.
To celebrate the Lunar New Year, Emirates Lounges in Dubai will offer an array of festive fare on the 10 of February. Breakfast in the First and Business Class lounges will feature a classic ‘Cheung Fun’ steamed rice noodle roll stuffed with dried prawn and scallops. At lunch and dinnertime, First Class lounge customers can indulge in a Cantonese roast duck bao with plum sauce, while First and Business Class lounge guests can feast on scrumptious poached shrimp and vegetable dumplings with soy and vinegar dip, or Chinese rainbow salad with smoked salmon, sesame and soya ginger dressing, or pan-seared Chilean seabass with XO sauce and pak choy. Desserts include a sweet and light mango coconut cake with spices, or black tea cake in the First Class lounge, with a tangy yuzu tartlet served with green tea powder available in the Business Class Lounges. Customers can also head to the unique old-fashioned Emirates ice-cream cart to enjoy limited edition gourmet Matcha green tea ice cream, made in-house by Emirates chefs.
In the Emirates Lounge Singapore, customers can celebrate the day with Chinese chicken sausage in lotus leaf and rice, where the sticky glutinous rice traditionally symbolises family cohesiveness. Other main courses include stir fried prawn with green asparagus, while delicious desserts include pineapple upside-down cake with mango boba.
In the Emirates Lounge of Bangkok, customers will be enticed by beef sweet and sour– succulent tender beef with sweet and tangy flavours, or chicken rice hainan – Hainanese chicken seasoned with a blend of ginger, garlic and sauce, followed by a dessert of orange mousse cake.
In Beijing, customers can indulge in Gongbao Prawn with cashew nuts followed by eight treasure rice pudding, while in Shanghai, Lunar New Year will be celebrated with sweet and sour mandarin fish or wok fried beef strips with mixed pepper, followed by red velvet cake.
All Emirates customers are welcome to enjoy Emirates’ Lounges; First Class and Business Class customers can access all lounges on a complimentary basis, as well as Silver, Gold and Platinum Skywards members. Other passengers can experience the lounge starting from USD 160, enjoying the facilities for up to four hours before a flight.
Onboard Emirates, customers celebrating Lunar New Year can get into the holiday spirit with up 21 Mandarin and 12 Cantonese movies including ‘Day Off’, ‘Lighting Up the Stars’, ‘Awakening Spring’ and ‘Mad Fate’. There are also more than 250 Hollywood movies with Chinese subtitles to explore, including new releases ‘Oppenheimer’, ‘The Marvels’ and ‘Priscilla’. Customers can also get in the festive mood with a music library of 115 Chinese albums and 1,000 songs. For those celebrating Vietnamese New Year, also known as Tet Festival, there are7 Vietnamese movies to choose from including; ‘Extremely Easy Job’, ‘578 Magnum’, ‘The Brilliant Darkness’ and ‘Big Sis, You’re Mine’.