Flying with Emirates this Diwali? Then get ready to celebrate the festival of lights in the air.
Passengers flying in economy can enjoy silver leaf garnished motichoor laddu, a traditional dessert made from tiny deep-fried balls of flour simmered in cardamom and saffron-flavoured sugar syrup.
Business class flyers can feast on a festive dessert concocted from cashew, pistachio fudge and dried fruit topped with silver leaf.
Elsewhere, Emirates frequent flyers or business and first-class passengers accessing the airline’s lounges in Dubai, Delhi, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Kuala Lumpur will also have special Diwali treats.
From Delhi International Airport, lounge customers can tuck into an assortment of traditional Indian sweets while in Dubai, there will be mini Punjabi samosas and dal kachori snacks. For dessert there’s angoori rabdi, a sweet milky pudding.
In South Africa, both Cape Town and Johannesburg are getting in on the Diwali action with Emirates lounges in both airports serving the milk-based barfi and jalebi, a deep-fried pretzel-shaped sweet dipped in sticky sugar syrup. There will also be nankhatai shortbread on offer
At the airline’s lounge in Delhi, passengers will be presented an assortment of cashew sweets with ‘motichoor rabdi’ topped with pistachio.
At its Dubai airport lounge, the airline fliers will be served mini ‘dal kachoris’ and mini ‘Punjabi samosa’, with ‘angoori rabdi’ and ‘motichoor laddu’ as dessert.
‘Jalebi’ with ‘barfi’ and popular snack ‘nankhati’ will be offered to the passengers at the airline’s Cape Town and Johannesburg airports.
“Biryani rice with fried raisins and nuts will be served to our passengers at the Kuala Lumpur airport lounge,” added the statement.
“Emirates connects and embraces diverse global cultures in recognition of the role that air transport plays in bridging communities and fostering understanding,” said the statement.
The airline connects nine Indian cities – Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Thiruvananthapuram – through 170 weekly flights.
The Emirates employs 13,707 Indians, accounting for 21 per cent of its workforce and flies to 159 destinations in 86 countries the world over.