NEWS: Pictures of new BA Club Europe meals, EU could ban UK from entry, Dubai curbs hotel & restaurant activities as cases rise

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Pictures of new Club Europe meals and new pre-order economy meals

Yesterday I showed a menu of what you can expect to get in Club World with the improved BAA meals. Hopefully, we will get some photos soon. In the meantime, a reader has kindly sent in some photos from their domestic flight for work this week. Personally, I think they look good and I would be happy to receive those meals onboard. 

Club Europe has been divided into two bands – Domestic & the old Band 1. These routes get a hot breakfast sandwich/croissant/wrap type of meal followed by a cold lunch, afternoon tea and cold evening meal. Longer routes have a proper hot breakfast and then a hot Lunch and Dinner.

Quinoa salad with feta

On the reader’s flight, there was a choice of Quinoa salad with feta or antipasti. The meal came with a wrapped bread roll as well. Sadly for me, the wretched chocolate mousse is still there!! A pack of mixed nuts is also served with drinks in Club Europe. 


Special meals have also returned. For beer fans and those doing dry January, BA has also introduced Brewdog Jetstream and Heineken 0.0%.

The new pre-order service for Euro Traveller is also live plus you still get a snack and a bottle of water free. Pies can be heated on request and if you have ordered multiple items you can have them spaced out during the flight. 


EU considering allowing a ban on entry for UK travellers

Germany has made a proposal that would allow European governments to ban all UK residents from entering their countries, the Times reported on today. The move has the backing of Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and is almost certain to be agreed upon. EU members can impose temporary bans on entry and on transit passengers entering from non-EU countries with cases of new variants. 


Dubai curbs hotel & restaurant activities as cases rise

Dubai has ordered hotels and restaurants to stop all entertainment activities after a record daily surge in coronavirus cases in the United Arab Emirates.

The restrictions will begin on 21 Jan until further notice. The move is partly due to inspections that showed an increase in “violations” of  COVID regulations. in place to limit the spread of the pandemic, Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing said in a circular. It hasn’t been specified what activities would be affected but it is likely to mean live shows or music.

The UAE has had a rise in infections which may be down to the number of tourists who escaped lockdowns across Europe. Pictures of Instagram “Influencers” in Dubai seemed to suggest a lively party scene was still continuing despite the pandemic and Dubai’s strict rules on COVID.

Fortunately, the UAE has one of the highest rates of vaccinations per person in the world which hopefully should start to bring cases down. Dubai desperately needs the tourists, so it has a big incentive to immunize its population and get the travellers back.