Etihad Airways Arrivals Lounge Abu Dhabi

Etihad Airways is improving their ground experience for first and business class passengers arriving at Abu Dhabi International Airport, with the introduction of a new Etihad Airways arrivals lounge.

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Etihad Airways Arrivals Lounge Abu Dhabi

The lounge actually opened a couple of weeks ago, though Etihad just put out the press release about it yesterday. Here’s how they describe it:

The luxurious facility is the first Arrivals Lounge to be operated by Etihad Airways in the world, offering a stylish and modern environment for the exclusive use of the airline’s First and Business Class guests. It also boasts a convenient location, immediately after customs.

Highlights include a dedicated area to freshen-up before leaving the airport, with 10 revitalising shower units, each equipped with luxurious amenities and linked to a complimentary service for clothes steaming. As part of the offering, garments such as suits and dresses can be steamed by housekeeping while guests shower, and will be returned within 10 minutes.

The innovative new ‘SHAVE by Etihad Airways’ concept has also been introduced inside the lounge, with guests offered a complimentary refreshing wet shave by fully-qualified barbers.

Access is also provided to a dedicated relaxation area, with high-comfort seating, large screen televisions, and an array of local and international newspapers, magazines and books. Café style refreshments are served throughout the day, including a delicious breakfast offering in the morning, hot and cold beverages, and a delectable range of canapés, snacks and sweet treats, all freshly prepared by a culinary team and inspired by gourmet flavours from around the world.

Guests looking for a quiet and productive space to prepare for meetings can utilise the onsite business facility, which features a large-screen Apple computer, printer, and complimentary broadband and wireless internet connections.

Kudos to Etihad for putting some thought into this lounge. I love the 10 minute garment steaming and shaving services, though it seems like other salon services would be nice as well, especially for ladies. It’s also interesting to note that the lounge isn’t just open in the mornings, but seemingly throughout the day.

Here are some pictures Etihad Airways posted on their Facebook page of the new lounge:

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Etihad Airways Arrivals Lounge Abu Dhabi

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SHAVE by Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Arrivals Lounge

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Etihad Airways Arrivals Lounge Abu Dhabi

In terms of the decor, the lounge looks almost identical to Etihad’s first class lounge. It’s not my favorite lounge in the world, but for an arrivals lounge I’m rather impressed.

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Etihad Airways First Class Lounge Abu Dhabi

Has anyone had the chance to check out Etihad’s new Abu Dhabi arrivals lounge yet?

Comments

  1. Maybe they’ll lay on a really nice buffet, to make up for all of the flights that run out of food before arrival.

  2. Unless I am going straight to a business meeting right after landing I don’t see why I would want to spend time in an arrivals lounge rather than going direct to my hotel.

  3. Arrived into AUH after FRCL flight from SYD (plenty of food on board!) and directed to the lounge. They fussed and carried on a treat when all we wanted to do, after 15 hours, was get into the damn car and get to the hotel. Totally pointless waste of time and money when the last thing you want to do is delay your departure from yet another airport.
    It would be a great idea if wet shave facility etc was added to FRCL lounge for transit passengers. BTW – FRCL lounge in AUH closed for renovation as we found out 3 days later on departure, New Premium Lounge for Bus class travellers is open which is very good for Bus class.

  4. Interesting. I have on hold w/AA IAD AUH turn around to fly 1st on 787-9 DreamLiner. Do I have to clear customs & use this lounge or can I stay airside with FRCL lounge & showers? After all this isn’t EK but it is a DreamLiner 😉

  5. Am I allowed to use that lounge if I’m arriving with QR and 22 hours later I’m taking a flight to LHR in EY’s First Class?

    Thanks!

  6. I’m arriving in EY F, and connecting to QR J (regional F). To that end, I would not be able to use the EY Lounges. Does anyone know if the EY arrival lounge is better than the Al Dhabi or Al Reem lounges? Is it worth passing through customers? My layover is about 4 hours.

  7. @ wanderlustb — Yes, the arrivals lounge is better than either of those lounges. If you have the time I’d probably check it out.

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