The Abu Dhabi International Airport was inaugurated in 1982, a decade after the unification of the seven Emirates to form the United Arab Emirates. For the frequent traveller, you might note that the general exterior of the terminal somewhat resembles that of the new terminal of the Mumbai Airport because it was designed by the same architect, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
Originally designed to handle 5 million passengers per year, todays Abu Dhabi International Airport has raised its annual capacity to 12.5 million passengers. Looking forward, it has made plans to expand to reach 40 million passengers by 2017, with the addition of the iconic new Midfield Terminal Complex (MTC).
Abu Dhabi International has consistently been voted the best airport in the Middle East at the World Airport Awards and continues to retain its premium status through continual upgrades and improvements to the terminals and services.
Services and Facilities
There are a whole host of facilities, services and shops for you to choose from.
Browse a selection of international and local designer brands. Find the perfect gift for your family and friends in the duty free retail outlets, which are open 24 hours a day in all three terminals.
If you’re coming back to Abu Dhabi International Airport and want to shop without adding to your luggage weight, you can also take advantage of the new ‘buy on departure and collect on return’ shopping service. Check the website to find out more about how you can shop now and collect your purchases on your return to the airport.
For those of you frequent Abu Dhabi International Airport, you might want to sign up for the DFS Loyal T program that offers a wide range of benefits to its customers. Points for purchases of select brands within participating DFS Group outlets can be earned and redeemed for other services such as personal shopping, pre-ordering of new merchandise, transportation and access to prestige lounges.
Abu Dhabi International Airport also has a wide selection of lounges for you to choose so be sure to check the website to take advantage of this service.