STAY AND PLAY: Reasons you should plan a stopover in Abu Dhabi

There are so many advantages to scheduling a stopover between flights on a long-haul journey and Etihad is making it easier to see its home city by with a special accommodation offer.

There are so many advantages to scheduling a stopover between flights on a long-haul journey and Etihad is making it easier to see its home city by with a special accommodation offer.

For a while now Abu Dhabi has been a place to change planes on long-haul hops between Australia and Europe.

Previously, the only thing most travellers saw of this modern city beside the sparkling blue of the Persian Gulf was through the airport’s windows as they gathered at the boarding gate to resume a journey after just a couple of hours on the ground.


But that’s all changing with Aussie travellers increasingly drawn to Abu Dhabi, to experience the Arabian hospitality they get up in the air when flying with Etihad Airways, and choosing to stay for a stopover.




Making a stopover simple is just one of the things Etihad is doing to give flyers more choice in the way they travel because, after 15 years in the business, the airline understands personalising a journey makes every trip more unique.

It might be choosing an airport pickup, booking more leg room with Economy Space, or adding a stay in Abu Dhabi stays to add another adventure to that next holiday.




This oasis in the desert is the place to ride fantastic rides such as Batman Night Flight at Warner Bros. World, the premier art gallery the Louvre Abu Dhabi opened last year, and the Grand Mosque is an architectural wonder in a city stacked with stunning structures.

Best of all, Etihad Airways offer the Extraordinary Abu Dhabi Pass to offer discounts on some of the best attractions, restaurants, spas, beaches and more. Simply show your boarding pass to receive some great savings.

Ride the hop-on/hop-off bus for a relaxed orientation, stroll the Corniche or sit on a Saadiyat Island beach, enjoy an adrenalin rush on Yas Island, shop at Marina Mall, and savour sunset drinks in one of the lofty bars crowning a sky-scraping tower.

The Extraordinary Abu Dhabi Pass gives you the opportunity to make the very most of your time in Abu Dhabi, with savings of over $190 per person!

Etihad Airways is making all the fabulous ways to experience Abu Dhabi that much easier with a bonus stopover.



Etihad couldn’t make it easier to plan a visit to Abu Dhabi with the airline offering a special accommodation offer to passengers in all classes.

Economy passengers receive a free nights accommodation when they pay for one night in Abu Dhabi.

And there’s also a deal for those flyers in the premium cabins with Etihad covering a free night’s accommodation for those in business and two free nights for first-class guests.

Yes, you heard right, Etihad is making an Abu Dhabi break a bonus by offering this special offer.

Yep, that’s what we said! Etihad is making breaking up your journey all the easier by giving its passengers in every class the option to enjoy all the sights and sounds of Abu Dhabi at a very reasonable rate.

Boasting a number of four star-properties including Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown, Radisson Blu Yas Island, Yas Island Rotana, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island, as well as many others, your options are varied.

If you a looking for a little added indulgence there is also a number of five-star addresses on offer, including Royal Rose Hotel, Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi, InterContinental Abu Dhabi, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal and The St Regis Abu Dhabi.

Rates start at $68 per night, for Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi and rise to $USD436 per night, at the luxurious Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi.

At those prices, it’s hard to knock back a holiday within a holiday when flying with Etihad.




There are so many advantages to booking a mini-break between flights when zooming around the globe.

The trip is less daunting with two separate legs instead of one long journey, it helps reduce jetlag by letting the body clock adjust to different zones in stages, and passengers feel fresher when they finally hop off the plane at their ultimate destination.

And the bonus with an Abu Dhabi break is travellers can experience Arabian culture in a city that captures all the creature comforts with giant shopping malls, a vast choice of restaurants, and a long list of things to see when sightseeing beckons.

To find out all the choices Etihad Airways offers you on your next journey click below:


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What would you do on a stopover in Abu Dhabi?