ABU DHABI: Etihad’s Free Stopovers Offer!

For a limited time, Etihad customers can explore Abu Dhabi on the way to their next destination with a FREE two-night stopover.

Simply book a multi-city flight via Abu Dhabi on Etihad, and you can book a free two-night stay in Abu Dhabi. This brilliant offer applies to new Etihad bookings made by 01 March 2020, for travel until 30 November, 2020.

Free stopovers are available on the way to or from your final destination.

Simply book an eligible multi-city flight via Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways, tell us which Abu Dhabi hotels you’d like to stay at for free, and we’ll do the rest.

Hotel choices include

  • Aloft Abu Dhabi
  • TRYP by Wyndham Abu Dhabi
  • Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
  • Ramada Abu Dhabi Downtown
  • Ramada Abu Dhabi Corniche
  • Pearl Rotana Capital Centre
  • Hotel Ibis Abu Dhabi Gate
  • Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown
  • Centro Al Manhal Abu Dhabi
  • Radisson Blu Yas Island
  • Premier Inn Abu Dhabi International Airport
  • Hotel Novotel Abu Dhabi Gate
  • Crowne Plaza Yas Island
  • Courtyard by Marriott WTC
  • Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri

In recent years, Abu Dhabi has rolled out an astonishing suite of brilliant infrastructure and tourism projects.

Abu Dhabi city sits on an island connected to the mainland and numerous adjacent islands by sweeping freeways and bridges, making getting around a breeze.

Ferrari World sits between Yas Mall and Yas Marina Circuit on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island.

From the gleaming city fringed with beaches and waterways, to the luxury seaside resorts of Saadiyat Island and the family-friendly playground of Yas Island, and out into the stunning desert regions, an Abu Dhabi stopover will leave you wondering why you didn’t stay longer.

For a taste of what’s on offer, take a look at what our very own Autumn Moser, Senior Corporate Consultant at The Travel Authority Resource in Fremantle, thought of her recent visit.

If you’d like to stay for longer than 2-nights, ask us about Etihad’s exclusive 2-for-1 stopover package. Available for stays up to four nights, the package includes exclusive rates in Abu Dhabi’s premium 4* and 5* star hotels, as well as discounts on tours and activities.

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Terms & Conditions
Available to guests flying anywhere on the Etihad global or EAP network, transiting via Abu Dhabi. Minimum stay of 18 hours in Abu Dhabi applies. Valid for bookings made in any fare choice within any class on Etihad Airways issued tickets starting with 607. Includes frequent flyer redemption bookings, award upgrades or cash plus miles promotions. Valid for tickets issued from 7 April 2019 – 1 March 2020 only. Within the campaign period, changed or amended tickets will still be eligible for a free stopover as long as they include a minimum transit period in Abu Dhabi of 18 hours, regardless of the original ticket issue date. Valid for travel and hotel accommodation from 20 April 2019 to 30 November 2020, excluding blackout dates during major events and conferences. These include but are not limited to World Future Energy Summit (WFES), Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC), Formula 1TM (F1TM), Islamic Public Holidays (Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha), Christmas & New Year Festive Period. Please check availability online at the time of booking. Valid for adults travelling on one-way or return tickets, transiting through Abu Dhabi for more than 18 hours. The free stopover can only be used on one leg of the journey, via Abu Dhabi. The second leg will be payable by the Guest at the Abu Dhabi stopover rates. Offer consists of up to two (2) consecutive night’s free accommodation at selected partners. Free Stopover offer cannot be split across separate legs of the journey to avail multiple free accommodation offers.
For any flights that do not fall within the specified periods, any other available rate at the time of booking will be offered Hotel accommodation is subject to availability at the time of booking and we reserve the right to offer an alternative hotel of a similar standard. No liability will be accepted where flight bookings have been made and/or tickets issued if no hotel availability exists. The stopover conditions of the applicable fare of your ticket will apply, including additional charges for adding a stopover plus any applicable taxes. Please read the terms and conditions on your ticket carefully. Free stopover bookings are not eligible for upgrade to a higher class of room or suite. The lead person on the booking must be at least 21 years old.
Hotel rates are inclusive of a 10% service charge, 3.5% tourism fee, 2% municipality fee and 5% VAT known at the time of producing this tariff. Etihad Airways reserves the right to adjust without prior notice the quoted rates accordingly to reflect any increase or changes in the amount of government or municipality fees and/or taxes as applicable in the UAE. For hotel bookings in Abu Dhabi, an additional fee of AED 10 per room per night applies. Guests must settle all additional fees directly with the hotel. This is a voluntary promotion run by Etihad Airways and can be withdrawn at any time at the discretion of the airline(s). All accommodation must be pre-booked 72 hours (three days) prior to the arrival date at the hotel , based on the promotional sales period from 7 April 2019 – 1 March 2020. No hotel reservations will be permitted after this date, regardless of when the flight ticket was issued or actual travel date. Any reservations made directly with a hotel do not qualify for the offer and cannot be amended by Etihad Airways without exception. Reservations made directly with a hotel do not qualify and cannot be amended by Etihad Airways without exception. Hotel reservations can be made for up to two adults and one child (under 12 years old) or three adults on a room-only basis, subject to the hotel’s policy on maximum room occupancy. An extra bed can be requested for reservations with children under 12 or third adult at an extra cost, subject to availability, and must be paid directly at the hotel. Travel companions must travel on the same date and flights with the guests eligible for the Free Stopover to be eligible to share accommodation. All extra charges incurred during the stay (including breakfast, meals, laundry, room service and telephone) are the responsibility of the guest. These must be paid directly to the hotel. A credit card will be required upon check-in.
To cancel, please contact at least three (3) working days before you are scheduled to arrive at the hotel. Cancellation charges will apply otherwise. Specific and more restrictive cancellation charges will apply during peak periods, for instance public holidays, exhibitions, conferences, special events, Formula 1, Eid Holidays, Christmas and New Year. The cancellation charges for the respective hotel will be informed at the time of booking. Exceptions might apply. For hotels that offer 24-hour check-in or check-out, guests will have access to their room for 24 hours from the time of check in.
Etihad Airways reserve the right to cancel any stopover booking that does not meet these terms and conditions. This offer does not constitute a package for the purpose of the EC Directive 2015/2302 on package travel and linked travel arrangements. Any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdictions of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Courts and laws of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Separate terms and conditions will apply to flight and hotels booked in separate transactions.
Offer exclusions:
Offer is not available for guests whose final destination is the United Arab Emirates. Offer is not valid for guests starting their journey from the United Arab Emirates. Offer is not valid for unaccompanied minors or children travelling without an adult over 21 years of age. Offer is not valid on group bookings, staff tickets or travel industry-discounted tickets. Visas are not provided within this promotion. You can purchase a UAE Visa by visiting No liability will be accepted where flight bookings have been made and/or tickets issued if no hotel availability exists. Does not include airport transfers. Does not include hotel stay in Dubai or any other emirate in the United Arab Emirates. Not valid in conjunction with any other promotional offer except Abu Dhabi Stopover.

WE KNOW: Abu Dhabi – Capital of the UAE

Autumn Moser, Senior Corporate Consultant at The Travel Authority Resource in Fremantle, recently returned from an educational trip to Abu Dhabi, flying from Sydney on Etihad Airways—the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates.

Over the course of five days, Autumn saw Abu Dhabi’s main attractions, headed out into the desert and inspected a range of hotels.

Autumn’s pics of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

A half-day city tour provided an ideal orientation, and included a visit to Abu Dhabi’s astonishing Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque—the architectural icon of Abu Dhabi. With a capacity for a remarkable 40,000 worshippers, the mosque is epic in scale and delightful in detail evident in semi-precious stone inlays set in dazzling-white marble.

“We did about a 30-minute self-guided tour through the Mosque which was incredible. The artwork and intricacy of this mosque is beautiful and a must-see for anyone visiting Abu Dhabi”, says Autumn.

Emirates Palace hotel, Abu Dhabi.

Autumn also visited Emirates Palace, one of the most luxurious hotels ever built. Emirates Palace exudes extravagance at every level, from its design—the main hotel building stretches over a kilometre from wing to wing, to the 24 karat gold flakes sprinkled on everything from cappuccinos to the hotel’s signature camel burger.

“Our site inspection and lunch at Emirates Palace was incredible. The hotel is exquisite, and the majority of the rooms are furnished in gold and marble. By rights, Emirates Palace should have six or even seven stars”, adds Autumn.

One evening was spent on a 4WD desert safari.

“This was my first ‘dune bashing’ experience, and it was exhilarating! We were then driven to an well-appointed encampment camp for a local BBQ dinner, entertainment and ‘shisha’. All-up, an absolute must-do activity!”, reports Autumn.

From there the pace slowed somewhat with visits to the remarkable Louvre Abu Dhabi, and the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital which is a door into the noble local tradition of falconry. Guided tours of this award-winning specialist hospital take visitors through waiting rooms and wards where the birds undergo general check-ups, are x-rayed, or simply pick up some new flight feathers.

Autumn and feathered friends at the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital.

“We watched a minor surgical procedure, and also held a falcon. These magnificent birds signify wealth and status in Abu Dhabi. We were informed there were some very expensive birds in-house”, says Autumn.

Louvre Abu Dhabi is the first museum of its kind in the Arab world. Opened on Saadiyat Island in late 2017, the galleries are laid out as a ‘museum city’ beneath a vast dome some 180 metres in diameter.

Beneath the dome, Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Neighbouring Yas Island is home to great shopping, and family attractions like indoor theme-parks Ferrari World and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. The island is also home to the Yas Marina Circuit and the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix. And being in close proximity to Abu Dhabi Airport, Yas island’s hotels are super convenient for stopovers and families looking to make the most of Yas’ attractions.

Yas Mall, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and the Yas Marina Circuit – Yas Island.

Autumn stayed at:

  • Radisson Blu Yas Island: A great value 4-star hotel close to Yas Mall, Yas Beach, and all of Yas Island’s leisure attractions.
  • Rosewood Abu Dhabi: A sophisticated 5-star luxury property located on Al Maryah Island at the core of Abu Dhabi’s new International Financial Center.
  • Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas: A 5-star beach-side resort on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island.

Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Premier Executive Suite.

In addition to experiencing these hotels on overnight stays, Autumn also inspected these Abu Dhabi properties:

  • Fairmont Bab Al Bahr: A modern 5-star luxury property located mid-way between Abu Dhabi Airport and downtown Abu Dhabi city. This beach-side hotel enjoys stunning views of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque across the water.
  • Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara: The luxury hotel has a unique mangrove setting on the edge of the city, and an award-winning Anantara Spa with Turkish hammam.

Fairmont View Room at Fairmont Bab al Bahr, Abu Dhabi.

Autumn was invited to visit the Etihad Innovation Center where the airline’s pilots and flight attendants undertake their training.

“This was fascinating. The Innovation Center has mock Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 cabins set up, and we also inspected Etihad’s renowned ‘The Residence’. Designed for two people travelling together, The Residence comprises a living room, separate bedroom and en-suite shower room.

Etihad’s ‘The Residence’ Living Room.

“It costs about $30,000 each way, between Sydney and London. I did note that The Residence was occupied on my flight back to Sydney. It’s an incredible product to have aboard a commercial aircraft”, adds Autumn.

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