No Sleep Pods in Abu Dhabi Airport – Try this Instead

In this update, I regret to inform our readers that the sleeping pods previously available at Abu Dhabi Airport’s Terminal 3 have been removed as of December 2023. I have verified this information with the Abu Dhabi Airports Company, the entity responsible for managing AUH. They have confirmed that all the pods located within the marhaba lounges at Concourses A and B in Terminal 3 have been taken out.

AUH is the 10th busiest airport in the Middle East behind Dubai (1st) and Hamad(3rd) and the launch of GoSleep pods in November 2014 was seen as an upgrade to the airport’s services to provide relief to its 15 million annual customers.

As I did more research before this update, I found that GoSleep website on Abu Dhabi Airport is still indicating that the pods are available for booking. While the site doesn’t give you the option to book, it indicates that “due to heavy demand by walk-in customers, Abu Dhabi pre-bookings can only be accepted until 48 hours prior to arrival“. This is the GoSleep site with the info.

Are there sleeping technologies such as pods in Abu Dhabi Airport?

Unfortunately, it seems that the GoSleep pods at Abu Dhabi airport have been permanently removed and I was able to confirm this with the airport operator. Just like JFK, Abu Dhabi Airport also installed and subsequently removed sleeping pods from Terminal 3. It is unclear whether the removal was prompted by cleanliness concerns raised by customers, as fliers who used GoSleep pods in JFK raised a similar issue with JetBlue’s sleeping pods.

It is also sad that there are no other sleeping technologies such as sleep suites, sleep cabins, or sleep capsules in Abu Dhabi airport terminals. Abu Dhabi Airports Company did not provide any clarification regarding the absence of innovative sleep technologies at the airport. Furthermore, they did not provide any substantial reasons for not having substantial plans to install such technologies.

In 2013, Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) announced an exclusive introduction of the ‘GoSleep’ sleeping pods at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH). See the snapshot of the press release on ADAC’s website below. You can read the entire ADAC press release here.

In the press release, ADAC announced that the Gosleep sleeping pods would cost passengers AED 45/hour which can be paid using a credit card. IN USD, AED 45/hour translates to about $12.30/hour for the pods in both Terminals 1 and 3.

customer review indicating that abu dhabi sleep pods are no longer available at abu dhabu airport.

What are GoSleep Pods?

GoSleep Pods are innovative sleeping pods designed for travelers to rest and relax while waiting for their flights. These pods come equipped with a comfortable mattress, a sliding cover for privacy, charging sockets, and a safe storage space for luggage. The pods also have adjustable lighting and can even be transformed into a chair if needed.

The GoSleep pods were introduced as a way to provide travelers with a comfortable place to rest, recharge and work in privacy while waiting for their flights.

GoSleep pods were conveniently located in Terminal 3. If you had just arrived at Terminal 1, you had to simply follow the signs to Terminal 3. Once there, go up one floor and pass the security check next to Duty-Free. If already at Terminal 3, you could just follow the long corridor past the Etihad transfer desk towards Arrivals.

Can I sleep at Abu Dhabi Airport during a layover?

For travelers seeking a comfortable sleep, Terminal 3 offers a plethora of options. At AUH Airport, Terminal 3 has been recognized as the prime location for finding the best sleeping spots, particularly around Gates 28 and 29. Additionally, this terminal boasts sleep lounges for added convenience and relaxation.

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)

For additional relaxation, consider refreshing yourself with a shower at Abu Dhabi Airport. The shower facility is conveniently located at the Pearl Lounge on Level 4. Kindly note that a fee is applicable for using the shower facilities. You can get more details from the Airport’s website here.

There are also smoking rooms, prayer rooms, strollers, WIFi and more. Check out all AUH facilities on the airport’s website here.

Read more reviews about Abu Dhabi’s sleeping pods on TripAdvisor here.

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;

Where to Sleep in Abu Dhabi Airport:

For travelers seeking a comfortable sleep, Terminal 3 offers a plethora of options. At AUH Airport, Terminal 3 has been recognized as the prime location for finding the best sleeping spots, particularly around Gates 28 and 29. Additionally, this terminal boasts sleep lounges for added convenience and relaxation.

If you have a long layover at Abu Dhabi Airport you can rest in some of the airports’ finest airport hotels. A few years back there were talks of sleeping pods being introduced and we’ll discuss more in this article.

Heathrow, JFK, Singapore Airport and many others have recently installed airport rest capsules meant to assist customers to get some sleep during layovers. In 2013, reports of Abu Dhabi installing the pods made rounds in the press.

What is a sleeping pod?

In 2013, Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) announced an exclusive introduction of the ‘GoSleep’ sleeping pods at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH). See the snapshot of the press release on ADAC’s website below. You can read the entire ADAC press release here.

Snapshot of a Press release announcing the opening of sleep pods at Abu Dhabi airport.
Snapshot of a Press release announcing the opening of sleep pods at Abu Dhabi airport.

Sleep Pods Alternatives at AUH

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;

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.

Snapshot of Gosleep offers to airports. Image Credit: Gosleep
Snapshot of Gosleep offers to airports. Image Credit: Gosleep

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;

Read in detail here about all the airports with sleeping pods or nap capsules that charge per hour.

What are the hours of operation for the GoSleep pods?

The GoSleep pods at Abu Dhabi Airport were available 24 hours a day from 2013 to around 2019. You could, however, book for a minimum of 6 hours at a time.

Other sleep options at Abu Dhabi 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 the current price for Abu Dhabi Aerotel prices here(Booking website).

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 the current rates of T3 hotel 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 $63 per night

– A family room with 2 double beds starts at $93 per night. Check Premier Hotel’s rates today here.

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.