Middle East : United Arab Emirates : Abu Dhabi : AUH


Not too bad

by Wends (December, 2013)

Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Airside
Pros: safe, recliner chairs, electric points, free wifi
Cons: arm rests, cleaning crew, a lot of people

I recently had a 13hour stop over in Abu Dhabi on my way to Europe and a 15hour stop over returning. For the flight there we arrived in terminal 1 and departed the next morning from terminal 1. Terminal 1 was really busy (not sure if this was because it was just before Christmas) but there wasn't enough chairs for everyone up until 02:00 when it got less busy. Terminal 1 also don't have a lot of recliner chairs so when people got them they hung on to them. The free wifi was excelent and there was more than enough electric points to charge phone and tablets. There are also a number of pc's. The range of duty free shops are not that great. There is also a really expensive transfer hotel or the alternative you can opt to pay for a aiport hotel for 4hours. I got some shut eye in terminal one but the normal chairs have these annoying arm rests continued >>

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Quiet places with comfy chairs

by apw456 (December, 2011)

Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Airside
Pros: clean, safe, lounger chairs, quiet places, free internet station
Cons: A bit stuffy

I had a long transit in Abu Dhabi. I initially found a lounger in a crowded hall near someone who was unhelpfully playing a loud computer game in the middle of the night. After some searching I found a deserted area with a nice lounger. The lighting was dim and it was great for a nap. My only concern was that it was such a good spot I might fall asleep and miss my connection! It was a bit stuffier than other airports though. But there was a free internet station.

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Pleasant night

by olavoamaral (April, 2013)

Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Airside
Pros: Nice people, lots of quite sleeping space in terminal 3 during the night.
Cons: Terminal 1 is cramped. Lots of people everywhere before 2 a.m.

Just spent the night in terminal 3, following this website's advice. It's very quiet after 2 a.m. (although it is busy up to that time), and Etihad and airport personnel were very nice: while I was sleeping on the floor, they actually apologized for making noise, and told me I could get a blanket from them at the transfer desk if I wished. The food court is nice and the free wi-fi might be the best I have seen in an airport yet. There are also multiple lounges and a hotel in terminal 1, as well as some weird coccoon-like things in terminal 3 (near the children's play area) which will close up around you with a mattress and a TV if you pay by credit card. All of these options looked pretty expensive for me (the hotel went for 185 USD a night), but the carpet and reclined chairs in terminal 3 are free and worked fine for me.

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Spacious, silent and clean

by Bosmanlechu (February, 2013)

Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Airside
Pros: Silent, clean and comfortable
Cons: Very cold!

Very good airport to sleep. We spent here over 20 hours: from 6.30 Am to 2.30 am next day. Airport is not so busy, there are a lot of space for seat or sleep. The best place to sleep is in the 3rd terminal close the gates. Go ahead main corridor (100 m), find reclined chairs between gates (gates are closed) and lay down on the floor with sleeping bag. Nobody will disturb you. There is very cold beceause of aircon. Wear a cup on your head!

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Head for Terminal 3

by rossh89 (May, 2012)

Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Airside
Pros: Lots of empty gates, with full access to all seating
Cons: Limited shopping

I landed in Abu Dhabi at 1:15am with a connecting flight at 9:30am. The new Terminal 3 is for Etihad flights only, and as an Etihad passenger I went through security into Terminal 3. When I asked, the staff were more than happy for me to enter the terminal, despite not flying out from there in the morning. The shopping is limited here, but they do have a food village on the first floor which is open 24/7 and served fairly decent food. The best thing about this Terminal was that you can wander into the five gates closest to the duty free area with no-one worrying about you. It seems the last flight is around 2:40am, with nothing until around 8:00am the next morning. Some of these gates have reclined seats, and nearly all were deserted. Each has a TV and quite bright lighting, so I would recommend following signs for the Childre continued >>

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