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Dietary requirements

We always aim to meet the dietary requirements of our passengers. That’s why all meals on Emirates-operated flights are Halal certified. And we also offer a selection of meals to suit special medical, dietary, and religious requirements.

Booking special meals

  • All special meal requests must be made at least 24 hours in advance of your flight.
  • Children ages 2 to 12 will automatically receive a Child Meal and infants below two years of age will automatically receive a Baby Meal, unless otherwise specified. A special request is required for Asian vegetarian or Western vegetarian children’s meals.


Special meal limitations

  • On flights with shorter flying times, some special meals are unavailable in Economy Class.
  • We’re unable to accept requests for specific ingredients and special meal combinations, e.g., lactose free and gluten free.


Nut allergies

  • Nut-free special meals are not available. Nuts are served on all Emirates flights, either as meal ingredients or as an accompaniment to drinks. Therefore, we recommend bringing your own meal on board if you have nut allergies.
  • Other passengers may bring food on board containing nuts, and traces of nut residue oils could be passed onto other surfaces of the aircraft, such as seats, as well as via the air conditioning system.
  • For your safety, if you have nut allergies, we recommend discussing your travel plans with your doctor before flying with us.


Special occasion orders

  • Cake or champagne can be provided for special occasions on request. Please call your local Emirates office to order at least 48 hours before the flight.


Religious Meals

Medical and Dietary Meals

Vegetarian meals

Baby and child meals

Other Special Meals

Religious Meals

Indian Vegetarian Meal (AVML)

This meal is available for vegetarian passengers. It is usually aromatic and spicy and incorporates flavors from the Indian subcontinent.

It may contain all types of vegetables, fresh fruit, dried fruits, legumes, dairy products, tofu, cereal, grains, and vegetarian gelatin.

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

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Nonvegetarian Hindu Meal (HNML)

This meal is available for passengers who follow Hindu custom. This meal is not vegetarian and prepared in Indian culinary style.

It may contain lamb, chicken, fish, eggs, milk, dairy products, and cereals.

It does NOT contain veal, beef or beef by-products, or raw or smoked fish.

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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 may contain fresh fruit and stem vegetables that grow above the ground.

It does NOT contain animal products or by-products, seafood, eggs, dairy products, eggplant, cauliflower, broccoli, or root vegetables including onions, mushrooms, ginger, garlic, potatoes, carrots, beets, radishes, and turmeric.

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Kosher Meal (KML)

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

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Medical and Dietary Meals

Bland Meal (BLML)

This meal is available for passengers who suffer from gastric discomfort. It contains low-fat food items, is non-spicy, and has low dietary fiber.

It may contain grilled lean white meat, fish, cooked vegetables, fruits such as watermelon and other melons, poached eggs, egg-white omelette, food with few seasonings, soft bread, and low-fat dairy products.

It does NOT contain garlic, onions, cabbage or cauliflower, spices (such as black pepper or chili), fried or fatty foods, raw or dried fruits and nuts, citrus fruits, whole grains, raw vegetables, highly seasoned meats, pickles, or excess sugar.

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Diabetic Meal (DBML)

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

It may contain grilled lean white meat, fish, high-fiber foods, whole-grain cereals (brown rice, whole meal pasta, quinoa, barley, or cracked wheat (bulgur)), sweet potatoes, boiled or crushed potatoes with skin, vegetables, fresh fruit, low-fat dairy products, and diabetic-friendly products such as sugar-free jam.

It does NOT contain refined sugar (only certain permitted sugar substitutes may be used), processed meats, fried foods, sweetened dairy products, cream-based sauces, or canned fruits.

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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 may contain dried fruit (without sulfites) and seasonal fresh fruit.

It does NOT contain canned fruit, additives, or preservatives.

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Gluten-Free Meal (GFML)

This meal is available for passengers who are allergic or intolerant to gluten. This meal does not contain any wheat-based products.

It may contain gluten-free bread and cakes, dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables, pulses, salads, fish, lean meats, corn, wheat-free food items such as rice and crackers, potatoes, quinoa, or buckwheat.

It does NOT contain wheat-based breads, sauces, pasta, custard, wafers, crackers, semolina, barley, rye, or oats.

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Low-Cholesterol/Low-Fat Meal (LFML)

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

It may contain olive oil, egg whites, boiled rice, grilled lean meats, fish, whole-grain bread, cereals, fresh fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products.

It does NOT contain full-fat milk, cream, butter, cheese, egg yolks, meats with higher saturated fat content, processed meats, fried food, rich desserts, or mayonnaise.

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Low-Salt Meal (LSML)

For passengers who suffer from cardiovascular and/or kidney problems.

It may contain salt-free margarine, foods low in sodium, and fresh or frozen foods.

It does NOT contain salty cheese, sauces, dressings, cured and brined meats, or canned food; baking powder and baking soda are restricted in amount.

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Lactose-Free Meal (NLML)

This meal is available for passengers who are allergic to or intolerant of milk and milk products or those suffering from low lactose levels.

It may contain fruits, vegetables, soy milk, tofu, pasta, rice, pulses, cereals, fish, or meat.

It does NOT contain milk or milk products, breakfast cereals, creamy sauces, dairy-based sauces, soft rolls, croissants, or milk chocolates.

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Vegetarian Meals

Vegan Meal (VGML)

This Western-style vegetarian meal excludes animal-derived ingredients.

It may contain all types of vegetables and fresh fruits, legumes, grains, cereals, vegetarian gelatin, and tofu.

It does NOT contain any animal products or by-products, such as eggs, dairy products, animal gelatin, or honey, or any type of meat or fish.

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Raw Vegetable Meal (RVML)

This meal consists of a combination of raw vegetables and fruits.

It may contain raw vegetables and fruits, salads, and vegetable juices.

It does NOT contain meat, poultry, fish, seafood, eggs, dairy products, highly processed foods, additives, or preservatives.

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Baby and Child Meals

Child Meal (CHML)

This meal may be ordered for children between the ages of 2 and 12 years. A vegetarian child meal can be ordered by contacting an Emirates service center.

It may contain chicken, fish, pasta, vegetables, chocolate, chips, crackers, milk and dairy products, and fruit and fruit juices.

It does NOT contain highly seasoned food or rich sauces.

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Baby Meal (BBML)

This meal is available on board for infants less than two years old. A standard range of proprietary brands of baby meals is available on Emirates flights. Milk formula is also available; however, we encourage parents to carry food familiar to and preferred by their babies.

Please note that we cannot sterilize bottles or provide sterilized water on board; bottled water is available.

It may contain strained vegetables and meats.

It does NOT contain highly seasoned food, food with fish, wheat, citrus fruits, or solid foods.

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Other Special Meals

Seafood Meal (SPML)

For passengers who prefer seafood. This meal can be ordered only in First Class and Business Class.

It may contain seafood products.

It does NOT contain any meat products.

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Champagne (SPML)

Some of our passengers may wish to celebrate a special occasion, such as a birthday or anniversary, on board an Emirates flight. 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)

Some of our passengers may wish to celebrate a special occasion on board an Emirates flight. Celebration cakes can be ordered at the time of booking.

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