The Melbourne Cup Carnival has officially begun and Emirates has already experienced a winning day in its English-themed Marquee for AAMI Victoria Derby Day. While on the racetrack, trainer Mick Price landed the 2500m Victoria Derby with jockey Craig Newitt galloping to the finish.
Welcoming guests from across the country and the world, the Emirates Marquee this year has taken inspiration from one of the airline’s most popular destinations, England, and Emirates’ network of English destinations including London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham and Newcastle.
Guests in the Marquee walked through the Georgian-themed façade into a world where the Newcastle Arms meets the sophistication of Babington House in Somerset and the chic Soho House in London.
Celebrity guests that visited the Emirates Marquee included Millie Mackintosh, Stephen Jones, Julia Bishop, Olympia Valance, Eddie McGuire, Gillon McLachlan, Rachel Finch, The Real Housewives of Melbourne and Francesca and Gretel Packer, Michael Turnbull, Tim Robards and Anna Heinrich, Lord Mayer Robert Doyle, Her Excellency Governor General Linda Dessau, Kerri-Anne Kennerly, Travis Cloke and Rebeccah Panozza.
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“The Emirates Marquee this year is one of our best yet and we look forward to welcoming all our guests throughout the carnival to enjoy our world-class hospitality and English-inspired experiences,” said Barry Brown, Emirates, Divisional Vice President – Australasia.
“England is undoubtedly one of our most popular destinations and from January next year all eight of our daily flights between Dubai and England will be served by our highly popular A380 aircraft.
“Given the growing demand for our English services, it is a fitting theme for our Marquee this year. We’re pleased to offer our Marquee guests a uniquely English experience paired with our world-class hospitality, which is in line with the service and on-board experience customers expect on-board our aircraft,” concluded Barry Brown.
Throughout Derby Day, guests were able to enjoy a meal at the exceptionally styled sit-down restaurant “The Milliner”, offering table service and the most distinguished of English menus complete with fine linen, Robert Welch silverware, Royal Doulton crockery and adorned with fresh David Austin garden roses, alongside an exclusive installation by global millenary sensation Stephen Jones OBE.
With a menu comparable to Emirates’ First Class standard, guests were able to choose from a selection of traditional English dishes with unexpected surprises such as a ‘Summer Pudding’ of sweet brioche, new season berries, elderflower and vanilla clotted cream.

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