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.

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.

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.
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 - used for this purpose until the Midfield Terminal (to be the Airport's center-piece) will be operational by 2017.

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:
1. Airport Hotel Lounge (tel. +971 (0) 2 5757377), available to any passenger, at AED 100 or US$28 at 4-hr intervals, located in T1 transit, right side after Departure Immigration Hall.
(b) Ghazal Lounge (tel. +971 (0)2 5052745, available to any passenger, at AED 100 or US$28 at 4-hr intervals, located in T1 transit, to the left, after Departure Immigration Hall.
2. Al Dana Lounge (tel. +971 (2) 5052290 (by invitation only, for reservation contact the Ghazal lounge) is located in T1 transit satellite at ground floor, entering through gates 14 & 15.
3. Etihad Premium Lounge (tel. +971 (0)2 5053028, available to travelers on Etihad Premium, or to Guest Loyalty Program members of Gold or Silver tiers.
4. Al Dar Lounge (tel. +971 (0)2 5758324), located in T2 transit, passenger waiting area, opens upon request.
5. Terminal 2 Premium Lounge (Tel. +971 (0)2 553869) in T2 transit / passenger waiting area.

Current & Future Airport Developments: The first 6 months of 2014 showed an increase in passengers by nearly 20 percent!
The new Terminal 3 is intended to be an interim terminal until the Midfield Terminal Complex (MTC), which is to become the Airport's center-piece and built between two runways, will be operational by July 2017, cover 700,000 sq.meters, will double capacity from 15 to 30M passengers, and is to house Etihad Airlines. It will also have a new automated passenger mobility system, 'the world's largest' baggage handling system, and an airside road tunnel under the southern runway.  The broader Midfield Complex will include cargo & catering facilities, utilities & related infrastructure.

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