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A Sweet Diwali in the Clouds

Emirates ushers in the festival of lights by treating customers in all classes to an array of sweet and savoury delicacies

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – 24 October 2019: In celebration of Diwali, Emirates will be offering customers a variety of special treats that are synonymous with the festival of lights. During the Diwali festive period from 25 to 31 October, the airline will serve a colourful and aromatic array of traditional sweets on all flights to and from India, and savoury meals in selected airport lounges worldwide.

Economy Class customers will be served Motichoor Laddu, a traditional dessert made from boondis (very small flour balls) which are deep-fried in ghee and then simmered in cardamom and saffron-flavoured sugar syrup. They are later shaped into sumptuous laddus and then garnished with silver leaf and pistachio. Passengers travelling on First and Business Class will be able to enjoy the Motichoor Laddu along with Dry Fruit Tribhuj, a festive special of ground cashew and pistachio fudge filled with dried fruit and topped with silver leaf.

On 27 October, Emirates will offer frequent flyers as well as First and Business Class passengers’ special dishes that include traditional sweets and savoury treats in celebration of the this special day.

In Johannesburg and Cape Town Emirates lounge, passengers can enjoy Barfi, a sweet and dense milk-based confectionery; Jalebi, an Indian sweet made from deep-fried batter in pretzel or coil shapes steeped in sugar syrup, Nankhatai, shortbread biscuits, Gulab jamun, an Indian sweet consisting of a ball of deep-fried paneer boiled in a sugar syrup and dipped in coconut and Laddu, an Indian sweet made from a mixture of flour, sugar, and shortening, which is shaped into a ball.

Meanwhile, the Emirates lounge at Dubai International Airport will serve Mini Dal Kachori and Mini Punjabi Samoosa, which are snacks made from crispy deep-fried breads with spicy stuffing. For dessert, the lounge will serve Angoori Rabdi, a sweet and succulent milky pudding, paired with Motichoor Laddu.

At the Emirates lounge at Delhi International Airport, customers can look forward to an assortment of Indian cashew sweets, along with Motichoor Rabri, a traditional Indian dessert made of flour, roasted to consistency in ghee and milk, layered with cardamom-flavoured sweet condensed milk and topped with pistachio nuts.

At the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the Emirates lounge will serve Biryani, Chapati that is paired with sweet and sour spicy roasted pumpkin, and flavourful chicken curry with sweet potato.

Beyond the culinary offerings, Emirates is ushering in Diwali on ice, the airline’s award-winning inflight entertainment system with 4,500 channels. During the Diwali period, passengers across all cabins can watch popular Bollywood movies, including recent hits such as Uri, Gold, 2.0 and popular TV shows such as Koffee with Karan and Kanpur Waale Khuranas.

As a global airline, Emirates has been delighting customers’ palates with regionally inspired cuisine, and special seasonal menus for celebrating global cultures on its flights. Whether it is Diwali, Holi, Chinese New Year, Ramadan, Easter, Oktoberfest, or other major festivals, Emirates celebrates them with thoughtful touches to create lasting, memorable experiences for passengers travelling far from home.

Emirates operates four daily flights from Dubai to Johannesburg – of which two flights are served by the iconic A380, two daily flights to Cape Town and a daily flight to Durban. Passengers travelling from Emirates’ touchpoints in South Africa can connect to 158 destinations in 85 countries, via Dubai.

To book, or for more information and terms and conditions, visit emirates.com or visit the local Emirates office or your travel agent.

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