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Dietary requirements

Find out how to book a dietary meal to suit your specific diet, whether it's a vegan or vegetarian meal, or a special meal for religious or medical reasons.

Food allergies

We serve gluten-friendly and low-lactose meals, as well as meals to suit other medical conditions.

We can’t guarantee our meals are nut free. We serve nuts on all our flights, either as a meal ingredient or as an accompaniment to drinks. Other passengers may also bring food on board that contains nuts, and traces of nut residue could be passed on to other surfaces of the aircraft as well as through the air conditioning system. 

If you have a nut allergy, we recommend discussing your travel plans with your doctor before you fly and please contact your local Emirates office(opens in the same window).

How to book a dietary meal

If you have a specific diet, you can choose from our range of dietary meals instead of from our onboard menu. Simply book a dietary meal up to 24 hours ahead of your flight through Manage Your Booking.

Some of our dietary meals aren’t available in Economy Class on flights lasting less than two hours.

You won’t need to book a child’s meal or baby meal in advance unless they have a specific diet as we automatically identify children and infants within a booking.

All our meals are halal certified.

Religious Meals

Indian 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 can contain all types of vegetables, fresh fruit, dried fruits, legumes, dairy products, tofu, cereal, grains and vegetarian gelatine.
  • It does NOT contain any type of meat or by-products, fish, shellfish, eggs or animal gelatine.

Non-Vegetarian Hindu Meal (HNML)

  • This meal is available for passengers who follow Hindu custom. Meals are non-vegetarian and prepared in Indian culinary style.
  • It can contain lamb, chicken, fish, eggs, milk, dairy products and cereals.
  • It does NOT contain veal, beef or by-products, or raw or smoked fish.

Vegetarian Jain Meal (VJML)

  • This meal is available for members of the Jain community who are pure vegetarians. It is prepared with a selection of Indian condiments.
  • It can contain fresh fruit, vegetables that grow above ground, tofu, pulses, cereals and rice. 
  • It does NOT contain animal products and by-products, seafood, eggs, dairy products, and root vegetables such as onions, mushrooms, ginger, garlic, potatoes, carrots, radishes and turmeric.

Kosher Meal (KSML)

  • For passengers who follow Jewish custom. Kosher meals are prepared to comply with Jewish dietary requirements. Passover meals cannot be guaranteed.

Medical and Dietary Meals

Bland Meal (BLML)

  • This meal is available for passengers who suffer from gastric discomfort. It contains low-fat foods, is non-spicy and is easily digestible.
  • It can contain lean meat, fish, cooked vegetables, fruits, eggs and egg products, white bread, white rice and low-fat dairy products.
  • It does NOT contain raw vegetables such as onions, cabbage and cauliflower, spices (such as black pepper or chilli), fried foods, whole grains, highly seasoned foods.

Diabetic Meal (DBML)

  • This is a low-sugar meal for passengers with diabetes, or those requiring low sugar diet.
  • It can contain lean meat, fish, wholegrain breads and cereals (brown rice, whole meal pasta, quinoa, barley), starchy vegetables, legumes, fresh fruit, low-fat dairy products, plant-based oils, and diabetic-friendly products such as sugar-free jam.
  • It does NOT contain white bread, white pasta, candies, fried foods, full-fat sweetened dairy products, cream-based sauces and fruits in syrup.

Gluten Friendly Meal (GFML)

  • This meal is available for passengers who require a gluten friendly meal. This meal does not contain ingredients or food items with gluten. However our hub and global caterers are not dedicated, certified GF facilities.
  • It can contain meat, fish, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, legumes, corn, rice, potatoes, quinoa, buckwheat, tapioca, and gluten-free breads and cakes.
  • It does NOT contain cereals containing gluten (including oats), products derived from cereals containing gluten (flour, starch, semolina), soups or sauces containing gluten (including soya sauce), and bakery or confectionary items containing gluten.

Low Fat Meal (LFML)

  • This meal is available for passengers who require a diet low in fat.
  • It can contain lean meat, skinless poultry, lean fish, egg whites, rice, potatoes, wholegrain breads and cereals, fresh fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy. Minimal amounts of plant based oil may be used to prevent sticking.
  • It does NOT contain fried foods, processed meats, added fats (butter, cream), creamy or cheesy sauces, egg yolks, oily fish, processed cheese. 

Low Salt Meal (LSML)

  • This meal is available for passengers requiring a diet low in salt or sodium.
  • It can contain meat, poultry or fish with no added salt, eggs and egg products, milk and dairy products, rice and pasta (with no salt added during cooking), fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices. 
  • It does NOT contain salty cheese, meat, fish or vegetables that have been smoked, salted, cured or brined, condiments with added salt (e.g. soya sauce, ketchup), salted nuts, seasoned salts, and salt substitutes.

Low-Lactose Meal (NLML)

  • This meal is available for passengers requiring a lactose restricted meal. This meal is not suitable for passengers with a milk allergy.
  • It can contain meat, poultry, fish, eggs, fruits, vegetables, soy products (tofu, soy yoghurts, soy cheeses), pasta, rice, potatoes, pulses, cow’s milk alternatives (soy, oat, almond, coconut), milk-free coffee creamers.
  • It does NOT contain cow’s milk products (milk, yoghurt, butter, cream, cheese, ghee, kefir, ice cream), dairy-based soups or sauces, bakery or pastry items containing milk (croissants, muffins, cakes).

Vegetarian Meals

Vegan Meal (VGML)

  • This meal is available for passengers requiring a western style vegan-vegetarian meal.
  • It can contain all types of vegetables, fruits, legumes, grains, cereals, soy products, nuts, seeds and vegan-suitable animal alternatives.
  • It does NOT contain any animal product or by-product such as meat, poultry, fish, seafood, eggs, dairy, animal rennet, animal gelatin, animal fat and honey.

Baby and Child Meals

Child Meal (CHML)

  • This meal is available for children between the ages of 2 and 12 years. A special request for a vegetarian child meal can be provided only upon contacting Emirates service centre
  • It can contain chicken, fish, meat, pasta, rice, milk and dairy products, eggs, vegetables, fruit and fruit juices, crackers, chocolate, and crisps.
  • It does NOT contain highly seasoned food, rich sauces, whole grapes, and hard candies.

Baby Meal (BBML)

  • This meal is available on board for infants less than 2 years old. A standard range of proprietary brands of baby meals is available on board. Milk formula is also available, however we encourage parents to carry food familiar to and preferred by their babies.
  • Please note that we cannot sterilise bottles or provide sterilised water on board, however bottled water is available.
  • It can contain strained food, vegetables and meats.
  • It does NOT contain any solid food, highly seasoned food, wheat, eggs, fish or seafood.

Special occasions

Cakes (SPML)

If you’re flying from Dubai in Economy Class or Premium Economy, spend a little extra and order a cake to celebrate a special occasion. Our cakes are free of charge when you fly First Class or Business Class.

To order, call us 48 hours ahead of your flight from Dubai and we’ll bring a treat to your seat.

Champagne (SPML)*

If you’re flying from Dubai in Economy Class or Premium Economy, you can celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or simply add sparkle to your journey with some champagne for just a little extra. To order, call us 48 hours ahead of your flight from Dubai. 

Champagne is complimentary in First Class and Business Class and is already served on board.

* This service is not available on flights to Dammam, Jeddah and Riyadh.

On rare occasions some menu options may be unavailable on your flight for operational reasons.