December 23, 2015

Review: Etihad Airways Arrivals Lounge, Abu Dhabi (AUH)

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Etihad Airways Arrivals Lounge, Abu Dhabi

Date of visit: December 3, 2015

Location: Terminal 3, immediately after customs
Access: Arriving first and business class passengers on Etihad Airways
Opening hours:  Daily, open 24 hours


Etihad Airways Arrivals Lounge reception


Etihad Airways Arrivals Lounge seating

Etihad Airways Arrivals Lounge seating


Etihad Airways Arrivals Lounge buffet offering:

Assorted Cheese
Cut Fruits
Red Velvet cake
Blueberry Mousse
Salted Caramel Mousse
Carrot and Apple Juice

Etihad Airways Arrivals Lounge buffet offering:

Ginger Chicken salad
Turkey and Pesto Wrap
Baby Mozzarella and cherry Tomato
Prawn, dill and Rocket sandwich

Etihad Airways Arrivals Lounge buffet offering:

Tomato, cucumber and cream cheese seeded roll
Chicken Masala sandwich

Shave by Etihad Airways

Shave by Etihad Airways offers one complimentary (wet shave) express treatment for first class guests subject to availability. There is also steam press and shoe shine service.

Shower Suite

One of ten shower units

Bath amenities

Etihad Airways Arrivals Lounge shower unit

Relax and Work

Etihad Airways Arrivals Lounge reading materials

Etihad Airways Arrivals Lounge work station featuring an iMac and a printer. Wifi is complimentary throughout the lounge.

Luggage Room

Etihad Airways Arrivals Lounge luggage room

Etihad Airways Arrivals Lounge


After a wonderful flight on Etihad Airways First Apartment from London and just before taking my complimentary chauffeur service to Dubai, I had a chance to visit the Etihad Airways Arrivals Lounge. It was about 1:30am when I came in the lounge so it was very quiet. I thought the food selection on the buffet was really great for an arrivals lounge and for that time of the day. From their website, I've read that one could get a complimentary wet shave although the complimentary haircut is only for departing passengers, as confirmed to me by one of the staff. The design of the lounge as a whole was very modern and with 10 shower units, I thought it was more than enough for arriving passengers. They also offer steam press for those needing to go to their business meetings directly from the airport. This is actually the first arrivals lounge in the UAE so kudos to Etihad for making such a lounge. Overall, this is a very nice lounge and is definitely worth a visit when you have the access. Shout out to Lizzel for giving me a tour of the lounge!

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