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FREE LUXURY STOPOVER: Start exploring in Abu Dhabi

There's nothing better than starting your holiday with a mini-break to relax, recharge and break up your flight. Well, nothing better except when that mini-break is free!

There’s nothing better than starting your holiday with a mini-break to relax, recharge and break up your flight. Well, nothing better except when that mini-break is free!

Everyone loves a freebie and Etihad Airways is giving Aussies just that!

Through a new campaign, the UAE carrier is offering every guest who flies through Abu Dhabi the chance to indulge in a free two-night stopover & discover the jewels of the modern Middle East metropolis.

That’s right two nights in Abu Dhabi between 21 April and 15 July where you don’t have to pay for your accommodation at one of 15 fancy hotels including the “playground of the Emirates” aka Crowne Plaza Yas Island where Yas Beach is within walking distance and major attractions – Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld – are just as nearby.

Guests can choose to stay at the Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi where design and hospitality go hand-in-hand to create a lush and ultra-relaxing stay, while Le Meridien Abu Dhabi comes with the convenience of a central location and overly generous amenities.

Other properties awaiting Aussies in the city are the InterContinental Abu Dhabi – a luxury hotel with its own private beach, the TRYP by Wyndham Abu Dhabi – described as a sophisticated stay in the business district, and the Traders Qaryat Al Beri – a Shangri-La owned property offering a contemporary and elegant stay. Click here for the full list of hotels.

Tempting to break your next trip with Etihad’s complimentary two-night stopover in Abu Dhabi offer? Read on and you’ll be booking in no time:




Those seeking something special should turn their back on the big smoke during their Abu Dhabi stay and head for the great outdoors to embark on a desert safari, ride a camel across ochre dunes stretching to the horizon, or glamp under the stars.

During the day there’s the chance to go quad biking, sand boarding or four-wheel driving before settling beside a campfire in the late afternoon to watch darkness descend on the desert while enjoying a dinner feast packed with traditional delicacies.




Abu Dhabi offers the antidote to a busy holiday – playing tourist in Europe can be an exhausting endeavour – by promising guests making a stopover the chance to laze in an elegant day spa or linger over a degustation dinner at a Michelin-rated restaurant.

Spend sunny hours relaxing by the pool at a waterside resort like Radisson Blu Yas Island or InterContinental Abu Dhabi, take the kids to the beach for a romp in the surf, savour the sunset with a glass of something cool, and pop into a gleaming shopping mall for a dose of retail therapy.




This place on the Persian Gulf is packed with culture and those breaking a trip in Abu Dhabi can learn more about the community and its customs by taking a tour that visits some of the city’s sightseeing favourites.

Start at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – the vast 12ha sanctuary that’s able to accommodate 41,000 visitors at once is considered to be one of the world’s biggest mosques – then visit Emirates Heritage Club which is a traditional village providing a glimpse into the region’s past.




Culture vultures love this location with the modern metropolis home to the new Louvre Abu Dhabi which is a branch of the famous Parisian museum boasting an impressive collection of artistic treasures displayed inside a modern architectural masterpiece.

When family experiences are on the menu then Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld, Observation Deck at 300, Arabian Wildlife Park, and Al Ain Zoo are locations to lock in during a two-night stopover.




Etihad is offering all guests that make a booking a free two-night stopover in Abu Dhabi, staying with selected hotel partners. Due to it’s popularity the offer has now been extended until the end of 2019.

For more information click here.


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Written by Sarah Nicholson, a KARRYON contributor.

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