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Etihad unveils new lounges in Abu Dhabi’s new Terminal A

Abu Dhabi’s new Terminal A opened early last week. This is now the new home for Etihad Airways. The airline has now unveiled stunning new lounges in the new terminal.

Etihad has unveiled its new flagship lounges ahead of the airline’s full transition to the new Terminal A which is scheduled to take place between 9th and 14th November 2023.

New lounges

Etihad’s new premium lounges span three floors of Terminal A’s north side, nestled between Piers C and D. The First and Business lounges feature a range of dining options, relaxation and entertainment spaces to suit all travellers, including the stunning Constellation Bar at the enclosed Roof Lounge.

Etihad’s new lounge in Terminal A at Abu Dhabi Airport

The Etihad lounges are accessible to passengers flying in Etihad’s The Residence, First and Business Class and Etihad Guest members with eligible tier status. Economy Class passengers who wish to enjoy the exclusive lounge space can purchase access to Etihad’s Business Lounge, which is subject to availability.

Lounge seating

The lounge is conveniently located with access to three gates offering direct-lounge boarding on selected flights, meaning passengers in premium cabins can board straight from the lounge, similar to what Emirates does at Dubai Airport’s Terminal 3.

Expansive views of the runway can be savoured from the calm and tranquil retreat offered in the East and West Study, which offers passengers the perfect place to watch aircraft take-off or come in to land.

Dining options

Etihad’s Business Class lounge features an array of dining experiences. Liwan Global Dining is Etihad Lounge’s informal, all-day dining restaurant which offers an abundance of choice featuring live cooking stations, Emirati and Middle Eastern cuisines alongside international favourites inspired by the destinations Etihad flies to.

Liwan Global Dining

Passengers can also choose to dine at the Roof Lounge at select periods serving international buffet of hot and cold dishes. For those preferring something lighter, there are multiple stations across the lounge offering a selection of snacks as well as hot and cold drinks.

Roof Lounge

The Constellation Bar within the Roof Lounge is decorated with a 172 piece, 25m long bespoke glass lighting sculpture – Panora – which depicts the Abu Dhabi city skyline. The bar will serve a wide selection of cocktails, mocktails, wines and beverages.

When designing the Etihad Lounges in our new home, Terminal A, our teams thought through every detail, ensuring an experience that will delight our guests from the moment they step through the door. The lounge is a hugely important aspect of our guests’ journey and we wanted to curate an impressive experience that will leave them wanting to fly again soon. In true Etihad style, we’ve been innovative with the design and will offer a selection of memorable experiences whether our guests choose to relax, indulge in various dining options or enjoy a refreshing drink at the signature Constellation Bar

said Antonoaldo Neves, Chief Executive Officer, Etihad.

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The Relaxation Rooms provide private spaces complete with day beds and plush Armani Casa furnishings for passengers to catch up on rest and refresh in one of the 18 beautifully appointed shower suites before their flight. Those preferring a more entertaining experience can head to the Games Room which is fully equipped with table football, air hockey and digital gaming options for all to enjoy.

Relaxation rooms

The Family Room has been thoughtfully designed with young travellers in mind, and comes packed with games, toys and books to keep little ones entertained.

Lounge seating + Family room
Games room

Additionally, Chesterfield sofas bring plush comfort to the Smoking Lounge for cigarette and cigar smokers. Prayer rooms have also been thoughtfully designed with ensuite ablution areas for comfort and convenience.

Smoking Lounge

The lounge also features a salon and spa, offering haircuts, pedicures, manicures and more. It’s not clear where these are paid services or some of it is offered on a complimentary basis.

First Class lounge

The exclusive First lounge offers a dedicated reception lobby for Etihad’s most premium guests and a private elevator to access the Rooftop Lounge on the top floor of the complex. The First Lounge Dining Room offers an elevated dining experience with à la carte dining and a fine and boutique wine selection recommended by in-house experts. The cuisine will reflect the best of Emirati gastronomy as well as the destinations Etihad flies to.

In The Parlour for First customers will be treated to a decadent selection of pastries, desserts and a signature tea experience in an elegant setting. The experience includes an array of tea ceremonies as well as signature coffee presentation.

For the ultimate relaxation and indulgence before flying, First class Private Suites are available for guests to work, relax and dine in complete privacy. The Private Suites are complimentary for passengers flying in highly-coveted The Residence and available for booking by all other First class lounge guests.

Arrival lounge

In addition to the First and Business class lounges in Departures, premium passengers arriving in Abu Dhabi with pre-booked chauffeur services will have access to Etihad Chauffeur Lounge to shower, refresh or simply grab a quick snack or drink before meeting their chauffeur.

Featured image of The Constellation Bar by Etihad Airways

All the other images by Etihad Airways

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