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Abu Dhabi Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Abu Dhabi Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the name of the transit hotel in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

When I asked, the staff were more than happy for me to enter the terminal, despite not flying out from there in the morning. - rossh89

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By Biggs.Barbara
August 2015 - This airport was extremely disappointing on the food front. Normally I pass through Singapore which in my opinion is the best international airport in the world, and I've been to many. Abu Dhabi airport has few food outlets, mostly chains like Burger Kind and McDonalds. Lots of sandwiches in little kiosks near boarding gates that all have the same food. Otherwise bad Italian and French food. No good Asian food at all. The only Asian food place had food looked like it had been sitting there for many hours. Little variety for international travelers from around the globe. I really didn't want to eat anything but ended up having a tepid vegetarian curry from a Shwarma bar:((( Thank god for the sleeping pods! I hope to see more of these at other airports. I wanted to try them because I'm a very frequent traveller from Australia to Europe and sometimes the long stopovers can be a killer. Even though I generally do what I can to avoid them, it isn't always possible. These pods are a great idea, if a bit pricey for what they are. The good thing is that they're cheaper than a hotel and more convenient. I felt very refreshed after sleeping in it despite some building noise above on the day I was there. Down side is there are no showers or even a pillow (you can pay extra to hire one). The beds are quite comfortable and quiet with USB plugs to recharge devices. Be careful about your dates though! My flight left on 23rd August but arrived in Abe Dhabi on 24th. They ask for flight details but don't assume they will work out which day you arrive. They will presume you arrive on the day you left the country of origin which is strange given it's a hub for long haul stopovers. After much discussion they honoured 5 of the 6 hours I'd booked, since they held the pod for me for an hour the previous day. All in all a good compromise but took some convincing for them to honour the booking which I thought was odd for a new business given there were many pods available.

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Abu Dhabi Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at Abu Dhabi airport either by purchasing a day pass or through a membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

  • Al Reem Lounge - Location: Terminal 1, Airside. Hours: open 24 hours. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (from AED 150 - 400) • Book Online (£22.00) •  .
  • Al Dhabi Lounge - Location: Terminal 1, Airside. Hours: open 24 hours. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (from AED 180 - 520) • Book Online (£22.00) •  .
  • Al Ghazal Lounge - Location: Terminal 2, Airside. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (from AED 100 - 160) • Book Online (£22.00) •  .
  • Al Ghazal Lounge: Location: Terminal 1, Airside. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (AED100).
  • Al Dana Lounge: Terminal 1, Airside, Satellite Area, near Gates 14 and 15. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (AED100)

Additionally, there are airline lounges that require Elite Status/First or Business Class ticket for entry:

  • Ethiad Diamond First Class Lounge - Location: Terminal 1, Airside.
  • Ethiad Diamond First Class Lounge - Location: Terminal 3, Airside.
  • Ethiad Pearl Business Class Lounge - Location: Terminal 3, Airside.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Abu Dhabi Airport. Connect to the “ADAC Free Wireless” network.

Additionally there are 50 free internet kiosks located in the Departure Lounges of all three terminals.

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Airport Hotels

  • Abu Dhabi Airport Hotel - Open to transit passengers, this hotel is located inside Terminal 1 Transit Hall, on the right side just after the Departure Immigration Hall. Day rooms are offered from 6am to 6pm.
  • Premier Inn Abu Dhabi International Airport - Located next to Skypark multi-story car park opposite Terminals 1 & 3. Direct access from the airport terminal via retail corridor inside of Skypark. Free shuttle service to Yas Island, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and the Corniche.
  • Al Raha Beach Hotel - (7 min from the airport) Free shuttle service to nearby shopping centers.
  • Park Inn by Radisson Abu Dhabi Yas Island - (7 min from the airport) Airport transfers available on request ($).
  • Yas Viceroy - (10 min from the airport) Airport transfers available on request ($) .

GoSleep Sleeping Pods - Location: Terminal 3, 2nd Floor, in the Transit Area, at the end of the long corridor approaching Arrivals. GoSleep pods are state-of-the art business class loungers that recline flat and have rolling privacy blind, which provide partial or full coverage for privacy, rest, relaxation, and sleep. Pods have electrical socket, USB port, and ample storage for personal items. Check-in via reception desk and purchase Snooze kits, pillows, blankets, and other amenities. Tablet PC’s can be rented for surfing the internet during your stay in the GoSleep pod. Rates: AED 74/US$ 21 (2 hours) • AED 129/US$ 36 (4 hours) • AED 184/US$ 51 (6 hours - includes free rental pillow) • AED 220/US$ 61 (8 hours - includes free rental blanket and pillow)  • AED30/US$ 9 for each additional hour.

To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near Abu Dhabi Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • ATMs / Cash Machines - Available Landside and in the Transit Area. Location: Terminal 1, Terminal 1A, Terminal 2 .
  • Baggage Trolleys - Trolleys are available free of charge. If you would like a porter, the fixed rate is currently AED 15/US$ 4 (as of April 2015).
  • Business Center - Offers telephone, fax and internet access. Location: Terminal 1 Transit Hall, in the Airport Hotel. Rate: AED 15 per 30 minutes
  • Children's Play Area - Yes. Location: Terminal 1, 2nd Floor, airside.
  • Currency Exchange - There are 16 foreign exchange offices (Travelex). Locations: Terminal 1 Arrivals Hall, Terminal 1 Departures Hall (Gate 1), Terminal 1 Transit Area (Gate 5 and 6), Terminal 2 Arrivals Hall, Terminal 2 Landside in the National Bank of Abu Dhabi. Hours: open 24 hours.
  • Family Services - Free baby strollers are available. Additionally, there are baby changing rooms located throughout the airport.
  • Food & Drinks - There are 24-hour food concessions at this airport. Names and locations are unknown.
  • Golf Course - Located a short drive (7 minutes) from the airport, the Al Ghazal Golf Course is considered one of the finest sand golf courses in the world. If you have a 3-5 hour transit, you can play 9 or 18 holes.
  • Information Desk - Information not available
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Short and long term storage and lockers are available. Location: Terminal 1, Arrivals Hall. Rates: AED 10 - 75 (3 hours)  • AED 20 - 150 (24 hours)  • AED 20 - 75 each additional 24 hour period.
  • Pharmacy - There are 3 pharmacies: Al Razi Pharmacy (Terminal 3, 4th Floor, landside) • Bin Sina Pharmacy (Terminal 1, 1st Floor, airside) • Boots (Terminal 3, 1st Floor, airside). Hours: open 24 hours.
  • Prayer Rooms - available in all terminals (landside and airside).
  • Rest Zones - The airport offers areas with reclining seating for people to rest in between flights, but they are generally in open areas that might have a lot of noise for a deep sleep.
  • Showers - Showers are available in the Al Reem and Al Dhabi lounges mentioned above. Free public showers are situated near Gates 32 and 37.
  • Smoking Room - Designated smoking areas are located within the Transit and Satellite areas in the Smoking Room, Piano Bar and selected sections of cafes. Locations: Terminal 1, First Floor, Al Dhabi Lounge  • Terminal 2, Ground Floor  • Terminal 3, Second Floor.
  • Spa - TOSA Spa has two locations. In Terminal 1, they offer foot/back treatments. In the Skypark Plaza location they offer male treatment rooms, female treatment rooms, relaxation room for women, mani/pedi rooms. The female changing area is equipped with a shower and locakers.

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


The airport is served by several lines of Abu Dhabi’s economic public bus system. Buses are air-conditioned and green and white in color. Bus stops, clearly marked by blue/white signs, are located at the lower curbside outside of Terminals 1 and 3, and outside of Terminal 2. Departures are every 40 minutes, 24 hours a day, and take about 45 minutes to travel between the airport and city, depending on traffic conditions. At the time of this update, a one-way bus fare is AED 4.00. The following bus routes serve the airport:

A1 - Terminals 1 & 2 to Abu Dhabi City Air Terminal
490 - Terminals 1 & 2 to Al Ain Bus Station
211 - Terminal 1 to Mussafah Dalma Mall and Al Rahba Hospital
240 - Terminal 1 to Al Wathba Worker City and Al Rahba Hospital
X81 - International Terminal to Ruwais ADNOC Bus Station

For further information on bus routes and schedules, go to the Abu Dhabi DoT website.

Car Rental

Car rental service is available 24 hours a day at Skypark Plaza, located opposite Terminal 3 and just a short walk from Terminals 1 and 3. Skypark Plaza is accessible from Terminal 2 via free inter-terminal shuttle bus. The following car rental agencies are available onsite: Budget, Dollar, Europcar, Hertz, Payless and Thrifty.

Inter-Terminal Transportation

The airport offers a free shuttle service, which runs in 15 minute intervals between Terminals 1 and 2. Shuttle stops are located outside of Terminal 1 at Entrance 5, upper curbside, and Terminal 2 in front of the Departures Hall.


Metered taxis are available 24-hours a day at the airport. Terminals 1 and 3 are served by late-model six-seater Mercedes Vito vans, from taxi ranks located at the lower curbside outside of the Arrivals Halls. These luxury taxis are equipped with GPS and have extra baggage space and multilingual male or female drivers. Multiple currencies are accepted for payment. Terminal 2 is served by metered Toyota Camry taxis from taxi ranks outside of the Arrivals Hall. At the time of this update, flag drop is AED 25.00 with a AED 1.60 charge per km up to 50 km (9 fils per km above 50 km).

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Last Updated: 02 April 2015

The information in this Airport Guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airport's and their web sites. The information above is subject to change without notice. Use it for informational purposes only to help you during your stay. To report errors, or to add/change any items quoted in the guide, email me.

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