Abu Dhabi Airport is the world's fastest growing airport, primarily because it is the hub of Etihad Airways, the world's fastest growing airline. The airport is currently undergoing some $6B worth of construction in order to expand the capacity to handle about 12 million passengers per year.
The airport has a great duty free area with numerous shops selling everything from luxury goods to candy. Upstairs from the duty free shops you will find several restaurants including an English pub.
The Abu Dhabi International Airport is a very small and chaotic airport for all the traffic that it has to handle. The terminal building is circular with a bee-hive like structure in the middle. There are some duty free shops selling liquor, tobacco, chocolates and souvenirs. Free internet access is available but you may need to queue up.
The place is crowded and it may be difficult to look for a place to sit down in a quiet corner and wait for your next flight.
Hiring a car is a great way to tour the emirate. Visitors from certain countries can do so if they hold an international driving licence, while others may have to apply for a temporary UAE licence. The major car hire firms are well represented in the cities and at the airports and may be contacted via the hotels.
Car Hire Companies:
Avis 3237 6218400 6347762 firstname.lastname@example.org www.avis.com
Fast Car 6365 6324000 6223321 email@example.com www.fastuae.com
Al Safi 34199 6420041 6420043 - -
United 28849 6422203 6422204 firstname.lastname@example.org www.unitedcarrentals.com
Al Qaysar 37055 6456600 6458657 - -
Amwaj 37055 6455553 6458657 - -
Gulf Net 44858 6449399 6449399 - -
Bin Juma 47787 6665002 6665072 - -
Europcar 4399 6261441 6268870 email@example.com www.europcar-uae.com
Abu Dhabi Rent a Car 45024 6443770 6443775 - -
Al Safa 31663 6423434 6423437 - -
Moon 7875 6420747 6421285 - -
Al Sharjah 28525 6442882 6445133 - -
The popular Abu Dhabi taxi will disappear from the capital streets soon. The old taxies will be soon replaced by newer caps similar to Dubai. The prices will increase too. Taxi fares in Abu Dhabi will start at Dh2.50 against Dh2 at present. Fare meters will also rise by Dh1 for every additional kilometer, against Dh.50 at present.
We were going to Abu Dhabi to attend a wedding, but this coincided with people returning after the Eid Ramadan holiday, and the opening of the schools. We could not find any airlines [Emirates, Fly Dubai, Etihad etc ] to fly us from Khartoum to Abu Dhabi. One of our party could only get Business Class on Egypt air, which meant 4 or 7 hour transit times. We were luckier and managed to get the last two Business Class tickets on Gulf Air- at a lower price than any of the other airlines wanted for Economy. We flew to Bahrain and had two hours transit before flying to Abu Dhabi.
The sheer comfort, luxury and pampering was bliss. Who cared about an extra hour or two . On the short 55 minute flight to Abu Dhabi we were the only passengers in Business Class and were treated like lords. The section was spacious , and I was amazed, and delighted, to find my seat was giving me a back massage.
Way to go.
Public bus (they should call it coach I suppose as it's a long distance trip) was my best way to go to Abu Dhabi. It costs only 20 AED to go there from Dubai and 15 AED to come back. The bus has air conditioning (as all other public buses). It takes 1 hour and 40 minutes to get to the Grand Mosque. For me, the Grand Mosque is a must-see or even the only must-see in Abu Dhabi. So you should definitely not miss it. You should ask the driver to drop you there on the way, otherwise you'll have to take a taxi to come back from the city. The public bus can take 50 minutes to come here from downtown Abu Dhabi. Although it's dirt cheap (1 AED to go anythere by public bus in Abu Dhabi), it's not worth the time.
Dubai is around 100km away and getting there is quite simple.
From the main bus station there are minibuses leaving often (as soon as they find enough passengers). It gets quite packed occasionally but it is definitely worth it as part of an authentic experience.
The ride is cheap - 20 durhams (around US$6).
The airport is 35 kilometres (22 miles) east of central Abu Dhabi and about 35 minutes drive. If travelling by taxi, confirm the fare with the driver before the journey. All major, as well as local self-drive hire companies, have offices at the airport and some also provide a chauffeur service
Bus transportation is better than useless. Taxi is convenient too. But driving around is the best. Signboards are in English and aplenty. Abu Dhabi is not as congested a Dubai and parking is mostly free. The standards of road and drivers are comparable to western countries. Fuel price is also cheap at AED6.25 per gallon.
You can easily rent a car from the airport at competitive rates.
Once you arrive, you can take a metered taxi from the ground floor and this will cost about 60dhs to the city centre. Alternatively, treat yourself to a Audi,BMW or a Merc for about 90dhs (fixed rate posted outside). I would recommend the limo if money isn't too much of an issue.
Several times I have been thru the "Abu Dhabi International Airport".
As I was landing and staying it was ok, but in older times, the transit area in which you wait for hours for your next flight and connection, was such small and less on seats, just a few duty free shops and several kiosks for dining area ...
But than the airport had one of the fastest growing airports in the world in terms of passengers, new airline operators and infrastructural development. Meaning now, it has a great and huge transit area with lots of comfy chairs, many shops, well lit high-tech walking areas, much more faster check-in and luggage delivery services which makes us travelers happier ... :)
Here on my "Travelogue" you can see more photos of this great architecture .. :
And each time I think that its a "hidden competition" between Emirates and Dubai Airport and Etihad and Abu Dhabi Airport ... One airport builds a new part, and than also the other airport, Emirates gets a larger fleet and also the Etihad ... As said, its a competition of the two cities and emirates in UAE as far as I can see, but thats good for us passangers to have more and better service all the times as on ground in airports and also in airplanes ...
Have a "Nice Journey" ... :)
"Abu Dhabi" has a great traffic and roads system, both written in English and Arabic sothat its even easy for foreigners to drive and find out thier direction to go ...
Road safety in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has steadily improved since 2009 with the number of casualties falling despite an ever growing population. The five-laned "E11" highway between Dubai and Abu Dhabi is the country's heaviest-traveled route and the 130-km journey can be covered in two hours. While there is a national speed limit of 120 km/h, it is allowed to speed up to 140km/h, yet this is often wildly exceeded by some drivers.
Abu Dhabi streets parallel to the Airport road and lying on its right side are even numbered with Airport road being the 2nd Street and then progress to 2-4-6 etc. Similarly Abu Dhabi roads parallel to the Airport road and lying on its left side are even numbered with Airport road being the 2nd Street and then progress to 22-24-26 etc.
So, once you get the main idea of the numbering of the roads, its easy to reach anywhere even you drive forurself ... Enjoy ... :)
The United Arab Emirates is such an astounding country, where can you see two major international airports of one country that lie on the same road (E 11 road, known as the shiekh maktoum road in Abu Dhabi and Shiekh Zayed Road in Dubai) and only 134 kilometers (83 miles) apart that have 2 national carriers (Etihad for Abu Dhabi and Emirates for Dubai) that makes both these airports as their main hubs of operation. Only in the UAE where the Abu Dhabi International Airport and the Dubai International Airport is connected by one long highway!
The Abu Dhabi International Airport lies 28 kilometers away from Downtown Abu Dhabi City is is nearer to Yas Island. It is 134 kilometers away (about a two hour drive) from Dubai International Airport. The airport is the second largest in the UAE. and airport consists of three terminals. You can see the airport from far away at the E 11 road if you have a really powerful optical zoo camera.
address: Sheik Maktoum Bin Rashid Rd - Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
according to wikipedia:
The airport is the second largest in the UAE, serving over 10 million passengers in 2010. It has three operational passenger terminals – Terminal 1 (297,000 m2 or 3,200,000 sq ft), Terminal 2 (336,000 m2 or 3,620,000 sq ft), and Terminal 3 (405,000 m2 or 4,360,000 sq ft). Its terminal spaces are dominated by Etihad Airways, which is the United Arab Emirates' second largest air carrier after Emirates.
The new Terminal 3, a AED 1 billion (US$270 million) interim facility, was designed to allow for the airport's passenger growth before the planned opening of the new Midfield Terminal in 2014. Used predominantly by Etihad Airways, the terminal boosted the airport's seven million passenger per year capacity to 12 million. It also added 10 new gates, two of which are Airbus A380 compatible.
again most of the visitors and tourists going to Abu Dhabi are coming from dubai as there are not many tourist going directly to Abu Dhabi as it is only recently that the Abu Dhabi Government is promoting the Emirate as a tourist destination. Many of the tourist from Dubai flock to Abu Dhabi via the big tour buses or via small tour vans and private tour vans and cars. like in dubai, the speed limit in Abu Dhabi is 120 kilometers per hour with a speed alarm installed in each vehicle to warn you of you exceeding the speed limit, but most drivers here speed to more then 140 kilometers per hour just the same.
unless you have a friend here or in dubai that is willing to tour you around abu dhabi for free, then you either rent a car or take the tour in going to abu dhabi.
The sleek, modern, curving air traffic control tower at Abu Dhabi International is part of the airport's $6.8 billion expansion project. The tower, design by French company Aeroport de Paris Ingenierie, has a price tag of $109 million and is scheduled to open in 2010 (though when I visited in October 2010, its opening still seemed to be a ways in the future).
The tower stands 110 meters high--the tallest in the region--and is located at the midpoint between the two major runways. The tower allows the airport to expand operations to handle about 70 flights per hour, and is one of the first steps to construction of the new Midfield Terminal which is expected to open in 2015. Once the projects are complete the airport will be able to safely and efficiently handle 20 million passengers per year.