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As you jet off to the most popular carnival in the world, why not jump straight into the colourful spirit with a taste of traditional Brazilian cuisine? To celebrate Carnival 2024, we’re serving Brazilian dishes on all routes from Dubai to Brazil between 9 and 17 February.

Carnival flavours on your flight

On your way to Brazil, feast on the traditional picanha served with farofa, braised black beans and banana fritters in First Class, Business Class and Premium Economy. Then, treat yourself to a brigadeiro cheesecake with crème anglaise, guava and passion fruit coulis for dessert.

In Economy Class, dig into a bife com cebola served with steamed rice and biquinho peppers and cap off your meal with a decadent brigadeiro cheesecake with chocolate ganache. After all, the Carnival began as a festival of abundant feasting before Lent – so start indulging the minute your journey begins.

Set the rhythm for your journey

Choose from up to 53 playlists and albums of Latin American music on our inflight entertainment system ice. From Brazil you can listen to Ludmilla’s album VILÃ and Matuê’s Máquina do Tempo. Or tune into timeless songs from iconic artists like Sergio Mendes and Gilberto Gil.

You can also sit back and relax to up to 12 Brazilian movies, including Eu sou Maria, Retratos Fantasmas and Paraíso. And up to 190 Hollywood movies dubbed in Portuguese like Oppenheimer, Barbie and The Burial.

See what’s on

Take your place in the parade

Carnival is an annual Brazilian festival which takes place before the beginning of Easter and lasts for 5 days. In a wonderful parade of carnival energy, influenced by Portuguese and African culture, two million people from all backgrounds gather on the streets.

Open-air performances; multi-coloured costumes; enormous parade floats; spectacular samba dancers – just a taster of what you can expect at the Sambodromo arena.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

There’s a reason Rio de Janeiro is called the Worldwide Capital of the Carnival, and the fun doesn’t stop with the Sambodromo festivities. Head to Pedro do Sal, Rio’s “Little Africa” and the birthplace of samba, or enjoy live music at Bip Bip bar and The Maze jazz club. Colourful surroundings continue at the markets of Feira Hippie de Ipanema and Babilônia Feira Hype.

Along the South River area you’ll find the best hotels, and award-winning restaurants like Oro and Lasai are unmissable. And of course, no trip is complete without visiting iconic sites like Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf mountain.

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Products and services may vary on actual flights depending on routes, aircraft configuration and seasonality. Operational requirements may also cause last-minute changes to the aircraft used on scheduled flights.