Abu Dhabi International (AUH) Airport

Abu Dhabi International AUH Airport Overview

Abu Dhabi International Airport AUH - gateway to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi - the capital of the United Emirates - is one of the world's fastest-growing airports in terms of passenger count and development of its infrastructure. The Airport's advanced CAT IIIB classification allows for safe landings during periods of dense fog. Skytrax has given Abu Dhabi Airport a 3-star rating, and World Airports awarded it "Best Middle East Airport " in 2012 & 2013 & 2014.

AUH Airport is located 32 miles from the center of Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Three highways merge into E10 just before the airport approach: Highways 30, 2 and 8.

With two very long runways, and an estimated 16 million passengers served yearly,  Abu Dhabi International is hub for Etihad Airways, and is served by many other airlines, particularly Emirates, offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe. 
New international flights: Currently Jetway operates 18 weekly direct flights to Mumbai.  Kenya Airways offers 3 weekly flights to Nairobi.
New Domestic Flights: RAK Airways offers domestic flights to Ras Al Khaimah (RKT) Airport, while Rotana Jet offers flights to Al Ain (AAN) Airport.

On-Airport Hotels: 
Abu Dhabi Airport Hotel' (tel. 971 (0)2 5757377; /fax 458) with 30 rooms & a small mosque is located inside Terminal 1 (right side, just after Departure Immigration Hall). Booking can be done at T1 or T2 ticket counters. Advantage: no need to go through passport control when transiting later to another flight.  Disadvantage: no hourly rates & fills up quickly.
The Premier Inn Hotel across from Terminal 3 has access to both Terminals 1 & 3, and offers meeting, entertainment & catering facilities.
U.S. Pre-Clearance:  The U.S. Customs (CBP) facility at Terminal 3 allows passengers on certain flights*  to the U.S. to undergo in U.S. immigraton, customs & agriculure inspections - with check-through of their baggage to their final destination in the U.S., where they wil be considered domestic arrivals.  * CBP is presently  only for flights to the U.S. of Etihad's flight EY101 to NY, flight EY131 to Washington, D.C. & flight EY151 to Chicago.
U.S. citizens, along with visa-waiver country citizens, will be issued a free visitor visa upon entry.  
Starting Spring 2015, Abu Dhabi Airport will be the first of UAE airports to get mult-biometric e-gate kioks

The passenger terminal complex at Abu Dhabi International consists at present of three passenger terminals - T1, T2 & T3 (T1 is one km from  terminals T1 & T3, which are adjacent to each other). Inter-terminal shuttles run every 15 minutes stopping outside of T1, at upper curbside, in front of Entrance 5, and at T2 in front of Departures. 
The new Premier Inn Hotel is connected to both T1 & T3. Self-service check-in facilities are now also available in the Park Rotana Hotel at Abu Dhabi. The on-Airport Skypark Plaza offers more shops, including a supermarket .
VISA Information:
BCC citizens are exempted.  Presently citizens of 33 countries (EU members, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia & Hong Kong) will receive, upon entry to the UAE, a free Visitors Visa.  Citizens from other countries need to apply to their nearest UAE embassy.

NEW:  At both Terminals 1 & 2 - at 4 security lanes - a new automatic boarding pass validation system has been installed, verifying original, mobile or home-printed boarding passes prior to passport control.

    Terminal 1 - which recently completed its refurbishment and upgrade work - has on the ground level some concessions and gates 17 & 18. Level 1 of T1 is divided into Arrivals (baggage area, passport control) and Departure area (check-in counters, security check) leading to the gate area, with concessions in the center and 5 gateways leading to Gates 2 - 12.
NOTE: Opened mid-March 2015: new walkway, 9 code E aircraft stands for large /wide-bodied aicraft, 16 Xray machines able to process 2,000 passenger/hr; and better passenger flow due to arriving  transfer passengers at T1 now being able to proceed directly to T3.
    Terminal 2 has an entrance to the departure area, with ticketing & check-in counters, security check, duty-fre area, transit area, business class lounge and access to gates 23-25. The Arrivals areas are to the left and house an Arrivals and Transit area, passport control, prayer rooms and baggage area, and in front of it the passenger pickup area.
    Terminal 3* has on the Arrivals level (from E gates 2-9) the Passport control & baggage claim and on the Departures level two separate entrances - one for business class, the other to the ticketing & check-in counters, both of which lead to the concession area and the gate area E2-E9. A new transfer passenger screening facility opened May 2014, which includes 16 new X-ray machines expediting transfer from arrival areas to the duty free and other departure facilities at the airport.
* NOTE that T3 (presently hub to Etihad Airways) is an interim terminal - only in operation until 2017, when the new Midfield terminal officially opened.

Amenities and services inside the Terminals:  All terminals offer duty-free shops, food & drink establishments, as well as banking facilities, Post Office & business services(all listed in detail separately). Medical services are available in T1 transit near Immigration Arrivals Hall, and a pharmacy is in T1, ground level of transit satellite.
Sleeping pods:  at at AED 45/hr -  66 sleeping pods are available in the secured areas of the terminals.
Telephone cards are available from Duty-Free outlets at AED30 & AED40.
Travel services: The 'Golden Class Meet & Assist Services' are available to all passengers (tel. +971 (0)2 5757466)
VIP Lounges available:
    At T1:  Airport Hotel Lounge (tel. +971 (0) 2 5757377), at T1 transit, at right after Departure Immigration Hall.  Also at T1:  Al Dhabi Lounge;  Etihad Diamond First Class Lounge;  Al Dar Lounge;  Etihad Arrivals Lounge;  Al Reem by Plaza Premium lounge.
    At T2:  Al Ghazal Lounge.
    At T3:  Etihad Diamond First Class Lounge;  Etihad Pearl Business-Class Lounge.
Abu Dhabi Aiport  also offers a new luxury VIP Terminal and  TOSA Spa.

NOTICE:  The month of March in 2016 is expected to be a very busy travel time due to three scheduled events:  Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2016, Middle East Aviation Career Conference & Exhibits; and the Abu Dhabi Heli Expo.

Current & Future Airport Developments:

  -  The new Terminal 3 is intended to be an interim terminal until the Midfield Terminal Complex (MTC) - the Airport's center-piece (between two runways) - will be operational by July 2017, covering 700,000 sq.meters, doubling capacity from 15 to 30M passengers, and housing Etihad Airlines. It will also have a new automated passenger mobility system,  WLan wireless cable system, 'the world's largest' baggage handling system equipped with high-speed explosives detection systems aimed at detecting CBRE threats (explosives, chemical, radiological & biological), 106 airbridges, 156 check-in counters, 48 self-serve kiosks and a huge concession area.  The broader Midfield Complex will include an airside road tunnel running under the southern runway, cargo & catering facilities, utilities & related infrastructure. 
 -  Following completion of environmental review process by summer/fall 2017, Terminal 1 will get an expanded & upgraded baggage handling system replacing the current manual screening process in the lobby and at Terminal 1A. 

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