My first flight on Emirates airlines was in 2003 flying United to London and then on to Dubai and Hyderabad on Emirates. The difference was astounding in service, comfort and care.
Washington DC (iad) is now a strong hub for flights to the Middle East. Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Emirates, United all fly to Doha, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. United flies to Dubai, Kuwait and Bahrain. Saudis has a flight to Jeddah but no one flies via Jeddah to Asia.
Emirates EK 232 flies out of Washington Dulles in the morning at 10:55 am unlike other airlines that start in the evening. I think this is a bold move. Very convenient for business travelers to start the day in Dubai.
Hyderabad arrival is at 830 pm instead of the usual 2 or 3 in the morning.
Emirates takes special care of kids. We still have the Dr.Seuss books my daughter got in 2003. My son got another book this trip and he is thrilled. Food is usually great and it's a very comfortable flight. Emirates gives you a kit for king fights that includes a toothbrush and other necessities which many airlines have stopped doing. I am looking forward my trip on Emirates soon.
I have made trips to India on a myriad of airlines:
Washington DC (IAD)- Amsterdam (AMS) - Hyderabad (HYD) on KLM/Air France ( Unfortunately KLM does not fly to Hyderabad anymore)
United to Dubai and Jet Airways to Hyderabad (Nice route but you have to pay forb a lot of things on United)
United to Zurich, Zurich to Mumbai on SwissAir and then Mumbai to Hyderabad on Jet Airways. ( the ticket was cheap enough to be worth it and SwissAir is nice)
Travel to Asia was usually through a transfer in Europe but now the Middle East is a strong and convenient transfer point. Dubai also has a airport hotel within the v terminal building which is very convenient if you are traveling with kids and need a rest.