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Abu Dhabi

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Serving as the primary base for the expanding Etihad Airways, the Abu Dhabi International Airport is becoming increasingly popular with 30 different airlines, flying to 100 destinations in more than 50 countries. It is located approximately 30 km east of the city and spread over a vast area of 3,400 hectares. It consists of three terminals, and a 24-hour, air-conditioned bus service operates from all of them. The buses have a 45 minutes’ journey time to the city and depart every 40 minutes. Metered taxis can also be found, that reduce the Muslim travel time to 35 minutes but are heavier on the pocket.
Halal Facilities
Each terminal has clearly marked separate prayer rooms for men and women. The multi-faith room for prayer depicts the country’s respect and acceptance for all kinds of faiths. Wudu rooms are also available making it easier for Muslims to prepare for their daily prayers. From full-service restaurants to fast food outlets, every eatery at the airport serves halal food since UAE is a Muslim-majority country. There is a full range of Arabic and international cuisine making halal dining a stress-free and enjoyable experience for all Muslim families. 

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  • Time Difference: GMT +4 hours
  • Capital: Abu Dhabi
  • Currency: Emirati Dirham
  • Flying Time from the UK: 7 hours
  • Visa: Not required for UK citizens
  • Our Highlight: Kayaking in the Mangroves

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Things to See on a 48-hour Stopover
If you find yourself in very long transit time in Abu Dhabi, you can utilize this time to explore the city. Visit the most iconic landmark, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, and be in awe of the magnificent interior. It is open at all times for visitors except Friday afternoons, and you must make sure to follow the conservative dress code before entering.
Opened in 2017, the new Louvre Abu Dhabi exhibits some of the finest art pieces from notable artists throughout history and is a perfect place to be explored by art lovers. The incredible structure, designed by Jean Novel, also holds rotating exhibits of contemporary artists. It is closed on Mondays so make sure to schedule your visit on any other day of the week.
Located between the airport and the city, you can even head straight to Yas Island during your layover. From enjoying the thrills at the Ferrari World to having a serene golf experience at Yas Links, this place has enough entertainment for Muslim travellers in the form of shopping, shows, and events to keep you busy for 48 hours.


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Other Facilities

The airport is completely equipped for Muslim families and allows people with children to have a stress-free stay. They have the necessary amenities to accommodate the needs of traveling parents. Complimentary baby strollers are available at each terminal and there are baby changing rooms equipped with clean changing tables. To make your halal travel comfortable, there are 4 different lounges available at the airport. All of them come with different amenities, offer limited time stays, and pose certain conditions for entry. These lounges are available to the passengers at all times of the day and all days of the week, offering Wi-Fi, refreshments, and shower facilities.

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