A bit about Abu Dhabi Airport and sleep options during a layover
Abu Dhabi International Airport (IATA: AUH, ICAO: OMAA) is the second busiest airport in the United Arab Emirates.
The facility is located 19 miles (31 km) east of Abu Dhabi city and serves as the hub for Abu Dhabi’s flag carrier Etihad Airways, as well as a secondary hub for low-cost carrier Air Arabia.
Abu Dhabi International Airport is spread over an area of 8 square miles (21 km2).
Abu Dhabi International Airport has three terminals:
* Terminal 1 – Opened in 1982, it handles around 24 million passengers per year and is Etihad Airways’ main hub. The terminal has a capacity of 28 million passengers per year.
* Terminal 2 – Opened in 2007, it handles around 18 million passengers per year and is home to the majority of Abu Dhabi’s low-cost carriers such as Air Arabia and flydubai.
* Terminal 3 – Opened in 2009, it is Etihad Airways’ secondary hub and handles around 22 million passengers per year.
In addition to the three main terminals, Abu Dhabi International Airport has a dedicated cargo terminal and a general aviation terminal.
Abu Dhabi Airport is served by over 60 airlines operating to and from over 120 destinations across all continents.
Can I sleep at Abu Dhabi Airport during a layover?
If you want to sleep when you’ve got several hours to wait for your connecting flight. You have a few options. You can find hotels near Abu Dhabi Airport, sleep at any lounges, sleep at the newly installed sleep pods or near the gates.
Below are nearby hotels;
- Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island (5.8 km/3.6 miles)
- W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island (6.1 km/3.8 miles)
- Centro Yas Island by Rotana (6.4 km/4 miles)
- Yas Island Rotana Abu Dhabi (6.4 km/4 miles)
- Staybridge Suites Yas Island Abu Dhabi (6.5 km/4 miles)
Sleeping pods are located on Terminal 3, the Upper level on the airside. Abu Dhabi Airport has secured the GoSleep rest pods that have appearances of cocoons and are very well designed. Each sleep pod can accommodate one guest.
What is Gosleep?
GoSleep is a Finnish company that manufactures and sells sleeping pods. The company was founded in 2007 by two university students, who were looking for a way to take a nap during their long layovers at the airport.
The GoSleep sleep pods are made from a lightweight, breathable material that is designed to be comfortable and provide privacy. The pods are equipped with a pillow, a blanket, and an eye mask, and they have a privacy curtain that can be pulled closed.
Each pod has an outlet and a USB port so that you can charge your devices while you sleep. The pods also have a reading light and a vent so that you can control the temperature inside the pod.
There are stories from 2013 and 2014 of Abu Dhabi Airport having procured the Sleep pods but there seems to have been an upgrade with some of the latest brands by GoSleep.
Below is a list of all airports that have installed sleep pod technologies to enable passengers in transit to get good sleep;
How much does it cost to use a GoSleep sleep pod?
The cost of using a GoSleep sleep pod at Abu Dhabi Airport is $12.5 for one hour.
What are the hours of operation for the GoSleep pods?
The GoSleep pods at Abu Dhabi Airport are available 24 hours a day. You can, however, book for a minimum of 6 hours at a time.
Where are the GoSleep pods located at Abu Dhabi Airport?
The GoSleep pods are located on Terminal 3, Upper level on the airside.
How do I book a GoSleep pod?
You can book a GoSleep pod at Abu Dhabi Airport by visiting the GoSleep website or by using the GoSleep app.
Can I bring my own food and drink into the sleep pod?
Yes, you can bring your own food and drink into the sleep pod. There is a small table inside the pod where you can place your belongings.
Other sleep options in Abu Dhabu Airport:
Aerotel Abu Dhabi Airport Hotel (Terminal 1):
Aerotel is located inside Terminal 1 of Abu Dhabi International Airport and offers rooms that can be booked for a minimum of 6 hours. The rates start at $71 for 6 hours.
This hotel is open to all transit passengers with varying hours of wait-time for connecting flights. If you choose this hotel, you’ll also get free wifi, showering facilities, and up to 1 hour to use the Ai Dhabi Lounge. Check current prices here
Aerotel Abu Dhabi Airport Hotel (Terminal 3):
Another option to catch some sleep at Abu Dhabi Airport is to go to the Aerotel in Terminal 3. Rates start at $71 for 6 hours, and you get the same amenities as the ones offered in Terminal 1. Check current rates here.
Premier Inn Abu Dhabi International Airport:
Opposite Terminal 1 and 3 is the Premier Inn Abu Dhabi International Airport which is next to Skypark’s multi-story car park. A standard room with a double bed starts at $127 per night
– A family room with 2 double beds starts at $143 per night.
Both room types come with free wifi and an en suite bathroom. You can also add breakfast to your stay for an additional cost. Check current prices and availability here.
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