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Dietary requirements

Emirates offers a selection of special meals to suit special medical, dietary, and religious requirements. Only the special meals listed here can be ordered, and variations on these meals cannot be provided.

These special meals must be booked at least 48 hours in advance of your flight. It’s the passenger’s obligation to let us know about any allergies or meal requirements.

Please Note: Due to short flying times, certain special meals listed here will be unavailable on Economy Class flights between Dubai and: Bahrain, Dammam, Doha, Kuwait, Muscat, and Riyadh. However, all meals served on Emirates flights are Halal.

While we will aim to meet the special dietary requirements of our passengers, we cannot always guarantee to do so.

Religious meals


Asian Vegetarian Meal (AVML)

This meal is available for vegetarian passengers. It is usually aromatic and spicy, and incorporates flavours from the Indian sub-continent.

It contains one or more of these ingredients: all types of vegetables, fresh fruit and milk products.

It does NOT contain any type of meat, fish or eggs.

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Hindu Meal (HNML)

This meal is available for members of the Hindu community who are not strictly vegetarian and eat meat, fish, eggs, and dairy products.

It contains one or more of these ingredients: lamb, chicken, fish, eggs, milk, and dairy products.

It does NOT contain beef.

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Vegetarian Jain Meal (VJML)

This meal is for members of the Jain community who are pure vegetarians. It is prepared with a selection of Indian condiments.

It contains one or more of these ingredients: fresh fruit and stem vegetables that grow above the ground.

It does NOT contain: animal products and by-products, and any root vegetables such as onions, mushrooms, ginger, garlic, potatoes, carrots, beets, radishes, etc.

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Muslim Meal (MOML)

All meals on Emirates flights are suitable for Muslims and are prepared in accordance with the Halal method. This meal type can only be ordered for passengers routed on other airlines.

It contains one or more of these ingredients: lamb, chicken, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruit and dairy products.

It does NOT contain pork, alcohol, or non-Halal prepared meats.

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Kosher Meal

Kosher meal prepared to comply with Jewish dietary requirements.

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Medical and Dietary meals

Bland Meal (BLML)

This meal is available for those who suffer from disorders of the stomach and /or the digestive tract.

It contains one or more of these ingredients: mashed potatoes, fresh spinach, soft-boiled eggs, boiled meats, toast, milk, and dairy products.

It does NOT contain baked or fried food, garlic, onions, or spices.

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Diabetic Meal (DBML)

This is a low-sugar meal for passengers suffering from diabetes (high sugar levels).

This meal contains one or more of these ingredients: low fat milk, butter, plain yoghurt, lean meats, boiled or pureed potatoes, vegetables, and fresh fruit.

It does NOT contain any kind of sugar (only certain permitted sugar substitutes may be used).

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Fruit Platter (FPML)

This meal may be ordered for dietary reasons. It may also be ordered by members of certain communities who eat only fruit while fasting.

It contains one or more of these ingredients: seasonal fresh fruit.

It does NOT contain canned fruit.

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Gluten-Free Meal (GFML)

This meal is available for passengers who are allergic or intolerant to gluten (a protein of wheat, barley, oats, or rye).

It contains one or more of these ingredients: dairy products, fresh vegetables, salads, fruit, fish, lean meats, and rice.

It does NOT contain: bread, sauces, pasta, custard, cakes, chocolates, rolls, or crackers.

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Low Calorie Meal (LCML)

This meal may be ordered by those passengers on a weight reduction programme where the daily calorie intake is restricted.

It contains one or more of these ingredients: high fibre content, low fat and carbohydrate content.

It does NOT contain sugar, cream, sauces, mayonnaise, or fatty meals.

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Low Cholesterol / Low Fat Meal (LFML)

This meal is available for passengers who need to minimise their intake of fatty foods.

It contains one or more of these ingredients: margarine, cottage cheese, egg whites, boiled rice, potatoes, lean meats, fish, wholegrain bread, cereals, and fresh fruit.

It does NOT contain milk, cream, fat, cheese, egg yolks, or fatty meats.

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Low Sodium Meal (LSML)

This meal is for those who suffer from high blood pressure.

It contains one or more of these ingredients: salt-free margarine, foods low in sodium content, and fresh or frozen foods.

It does NOT contain salty cheese, sauces, dressings, cured and brined meals, or canned food.

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Non-Lactose Meal (NLML)

This meal may be ordered for those who are allergic or intolerant to milk and milk products, or those suffering from low lactose levels.

It contains one or more of these ingredients: salads, vegetables and other foods high in fibre, pasta, rice, fish, or meat.

It does NOT contain milk and milk products, sauces, soft rolls, croissants, or chocolates.

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Vegetarian Meal (VGML)

Also known as Vegan, this meal is totally free of any animal products or by-products such as eggs or dairy products.

It contains one or more of these ingredients: all types of vegetables and fresh fruit.

It does NOT contain any type of meat, fish, or animal products or by-products.

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Vegetarian Lacto-Ovo Meal (VLML)

This is a Vegetarian Meal that may also contain eggs and dairy products.

It contains one or more of these ingredients: vegetables, fresh fruit, eggs, dairy products, and pulses.

It does NOT contain any type of fish or meat.

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Nut or Peanut Allergies

We do not offer nut-free flights. Nuts are served on all Emirates flights, either as a meal ingredient or as an accompaniment to drinks.

An allergic reaction to peanuts or their by-products can be quite serious. Unfortunately, as Emirates cannot guarantee peanut-free meals, we request that you bring your own meal on board if you have a peanut allergy. 

Please note that other passengers may also bring food onboard which could contain nuts. It is therefore possible that traces of nut residue oils could be passed on to the seating, other surfaces or via the air conditioning system on board the flight.

Emirates accepts no responsibility for any allergic reaction you may suffer whilst on board an Emirates flight. We suggest that you discuss your travel plans with your doctor to assess your fitness to fly with us in this regard.

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Other Special meals


Child Meal (CHML)

This meal may be ordered for children between the ages of 2 and 12 years.

It contains one or more of these ingredients: chicken, fish, fries, pasta, chocolate, crisps, crackers, milk and dairy products, and fruit and fruit juices. A vegetarian child meal can also be provided.

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Baby Meal (BBML)

A standard range of proprietary brands of baby meals are available on Emirates flights. We do, however, encourage parents to carry food familiar to and preferred by their babies.

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Vegetarian Oriental Meal (VOML)

This is a Vegetarian Meal (VGML) that is also prepared Chinese or Oriental-style.

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Raw Vegetable Meal (RVML)

This meal consists exclusively of raw vegetables and salads.

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Seafood Meal (SFML)

This meal is for passengers who prefer seafood, mainly fish and shellfish. It does not contain any meat products.

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Champagne (SPML) This service is not available on flights to Dammam, Jeddah, and Riyadh

Some of our passengers may wish to celebrate a special occasion on board an Emirates flight (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.). A bottle of champagne can be made available for the occasion. For more information on the ordering process and methods of payment, please contact your nearest Emirates reservations office.

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Cakes (SPML)

Celebration cakes for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions can be ordered at the time of booking.

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