A Guide To Abu Dhabi International Airport

The Emirate Of Abu Dhabi is the capital of the UAE (United Arab Emirates) and is just one of 7 Emirates that make up the UAE.  Abu Dhabi is also the largest of the Emirates and has its own award winning airport that services the city. The airport in Abu Dhabi has over 16 million passengers passing through its doors every year and these are from both business and leisure travellers arriving and departing from the airport. The airport has flights to and from many major city airports throughout the world, such as London, Manchester, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur Kuwait, Amsterdam and Singapore as well as other countries from the Middle East such as Bahrain. The amount of passengers arriving and departing from the airport is set to rise over the coming years and the new Midfield Terminal Complex that is currently under construction, will allow the airport to handle much more passenger traffic.

This website is designed to answer the many frequently asked questions that passengers wish to know before arriving at and departing from the airport.

The Airport

Where Is Abu Dhabi International Airport Located

Abu Dhabi International Airport is approximately 30 klms (19 miles) from the centre of Abu Dhabi itself.

What Is the Airport Code For Abu Dhabi

The IATA code for Abu Dhabi airport is: AUH

The ICAO code for the airport is: OMAA

How Many Terminals Does The Airport Have

The airport has 3 operational terminals, terminals 1, 2 and 3. However, Terminal 1 is divided in to two and these are known as Terminal 1A and Terminal 1B.

Arrivals and Departures

Abu Dhabi Airport Arrivals

When you arrive at Abu Dhabi International Airport, you will be required to follow the Arrivals procedure before you are allowed entry into the country. You should ensure you present a valid passport and any other documentation you may need.

Abu Dhabi Airport Departures

As with any other International airport, any passengers wishing to fly from Abu Dhabi will need to follow the Departures procedure that are in place at the airport. Passengers will need to have checked-In for their flight, hold a valid Boarding Pass and pass through airport Security before they are allowed to board their flight.


Are There Hotels Near Abu Dhabi Airport

Yes, there are several hotels close to the airport in Abu Dhabi and one hotel that is located onsite at the airport in Terminal 1. The ‘Airport Hotel’ in Terminal 1 offers passengers the perfect place to relax, sleep and freshen up before and after their flight. Other hotels that are located close to the airport offer shuttle transfers to and from the airport.


Airlines Of The UAE

The United Arab Emirates has several airlines but the two most famous airlines are Emirates and Etihad Airlines. Although Emirates is the largest airline in UAE and based in Dubai, Etihad is the second largest airline but it has its headquarters in Khalifa City in Abu Dhabi, close to the International Airport.

Airlines That Fly To and From Abu Dhabi Airport

There are now a large number of airlines that fly to and from Abu Dhabi International Airport and service some of the worlds most popular destinations.



Are There Cheap Flights To Abu Dhabi

There are a large number of airlines that now fly to Abu Dhabi from a large number of airports throughout the world. The prices on flights to Abu Dhabi fluctuate throughout the year and it is possible to find flights that are cheaper during certain periods that normal. The best way to find the best prices on flights is to use one of the flight comparison websites and compare flight prices with several airlines for the specific dates you want to fly.

What Is The Distance From UK To Abu Dhabi

The distance from the UK to Abu Dhabi International is approximately between 3,400 miles – 3500 miles. Once again, this depends on which airport you fly from.

What Is The Flight Time To Abu Dhabi

The flight time from the UK to Abu Dhabi varies depending which airport in the UK you fly from.

Flight time from London to Abu Dhabi: Approximately 6 hrs 50 mins

Flight time from Manchester to Abu Dhabi: Approximately 7 hrs 20 mins

Airport Lounges

Is There An Airport Lounge At Abu Dhabi Airport

Yes, the airport has 7 lounges that are available to passengers and offer a selection of complimentary foods and drinks. Passengers can relax in the comfort of the lounges and enjoy watching films, reading and chilling out in the comfy environment. There are also shower facilities available in some of the lounges.

Al Reem Lounge – Al Dhabi Lounge – Etihad Diamond First Class Lounge – Al Ghazal Lounge – – Etihad Pearl Business Class Lounge – Etihad Arrivals Lounge – Al Dar Lounge


There are several parking options available at Abu Dhabi, including both short and long stay parking. The cost of parking is determined on the duration of your stay and all provide affordable and convenient parking.

Is There A Pick Up and Drop Facility

Yes, it is possible to drop off and pick up outside the airport terminals, providing that you do not park for a long period of time or leave your vehicle unattended.


Attractions In Abu Dhabi Close To The Airport

Abu Dhabi has a large number of attraction to suit all ages. Over the years, Abu Dhabi has become more and more popular with leisure travellers who come to see attraction such as:

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – Yas Marina Circuit – Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital – Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi – Ferrari World Abu Dhabi – Heritage Village – Al-Hosn – Women’s Craft Centre – Emirates Park Zoo – Yas Island to name but a few.

Airport Facilities

Is There Free WiFi At The Airport

Yes, there is complimentary WiFi throughout all terminal buildings at Abu Dhabi that passengers can enjoy during their stay at the airport. Free WiFi is also available in the Airport Lounges. The procedure for logging on to the network are very easy and all you need to do is find the appropriate network which is ‘ADAC Free Wireless’ and click ‘Accept’ and you should then be logged on to the wireless connection.

The airport also offers 50 ‘Free wireless Internet kiosks’ which are available throughout the Departures lounges of all three Terminals.

Are There Public Showers At The Airport

Yes, passengers can enjoy a shower before their flight but any passenger wishing to use the showers is required to provide their own towels and toiletries. The public showers are located near Gates 32 and 37.

Are There Baby Changing Facilities

Yes, next to all the toilets in the airport terminals are baby changing facilities.

Is The Airport Open 24 Hours

Yes, Abu Dhabi Airport is open 24 hours.

Useful Facts and Information

What Does Abu Dhabi Mean

In Arabis, the words ‘Abu Dhabi’ mean “Father of the gazelle”

What Is The Official Language Of Abu Dhabi

The official language of Abhu Dabi is Arabic.

What Is The Currency Of Abu Dhabi

The official currency in Abu Dhabi is the ‘dirham’ (AED).

How Far Is Sir Bani Yas From Abu Dhabi

The island of Sir Bani Yas is located 170 klms (105 miles)South West of Abu Dhabi itself.


If you would like to read more information about the history of the airport in Abu Dhabi and all the technical statistics of the airport, you can do so by visiting the following Wikipedia page.

Abu Dhabi International Airport Address and Telephone Number: PO Box 94449, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – +971 2 5055000