Darley Interior Architectural Design Shortlisted for the First Class Lounge Category in the IY&A Awards 2015

Darley Interior Architectural Design (DIAD) have been successfully shortlisted in the International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2015. The Emirates First & Business Class Lounges based at Dubai International Airport will compete in the First Class Lounge category.


Emirates Airline, world-renowned for its high standards in service excellence, believes in extending the same level of service in their Lounges. These Lounges, aimed at the Business and First Class traveller, were to be an extension of existing Emirates Lounges around the world, incorporating the Emirates brand but a first ever for Emirates in terms of their scale.


The Concourse A First and Business Class Lounges brief was to incorporate the key branding elements that describe Emirates:

– elegance

– timelessness

– warmth,

– hospitality

– comfort

– hospitality

– neutral tones


The lounges feature an excellent range of facilities – comfortable and welcoming as well as logical in their flow, incorporating privacy, comfort and technological convenience as top priorities. Sophisticated finishes and fabrics are practical and easy to maintain, which endure the traffic circulated through the lounges.


A differentiation between First and Business Class such that First Class allowed more spacious seating arrangements with the feeling of arriving at a top-end hotel by including aspects such as focal tables, fresh flowers, use of Emirates signature burl veneer and custom-designed fabric and genuine leather enhancing the Emirates brand.


Business Class is less personal in its ambiance with a more contemporary and corporate feel for the Business traveler. Bespoke furniture was carefully designed to portray luxury while maintaining a high standard of durability and stability suitable for commercial spaces.