Travel to the UAE has never been easier since it is now one
of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Most
of the leading airlines of the world fly into the UAE, but
you can also travel by road or sea. The vast majority of visitors
take advantage of the excellent deals on offer through a number
of tour operators. The national airlines Gulf Air and Emirates
Airlines offer a comprehensive air service to the UAE's six
international airports at Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Sharjah,
Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah.
40 passenger carriers operate scheduled flights to Abu Dhabi
from approximately 90 destinations world-wide. Major international
carriers include Air France, Air India, British Airways, KLM,
Lufthansa, PIA, Britannia, and China Airlines.
facilities are superb and include an award-winning 3200-square-metre
duty free shop, a 19-suite airport hotel, a golf course 400
metres from the terminal, a gym, VIP lounges, a tourist information
centre, car hire, travel agency, hotel reservation, bank,
bureau de change, internet access and a 24-hour business centre.
Raffles for Dh500,000 cash are commonplace at the airport
and there is alcohol for sale on arrival.
airport is situated on the mainland, 35km (22 miles) east
of the city. The journey to the city centre should take about
45 minutes, depending on the traffic.
and Al Ghazal taxis (purple and white luxury saloons) can
be pre-booked or picked-up at the airport. Fares are approximately
Dh70. Orange and white airport taxis charge approximately
Dh40 to the city centre. Many hotels run an airport shuttle
return journey, Gulf Air passengers can check in at a city
terminal opposite the Beach Rotana hotel, up to 12 hours before
their departure time. There is a 24-hour courtesy shuttle
service every half hour from the city terminal to the airport.
run from the airport to the bus station on East Rd approximately
every 20 minutes. The fare is Dh3.Note
that there is no left luggage facility at Abu Dhabi airport.
From London to Abu Dhabi flight times are 6 hours 35 minutes,
to Dubai 7 hours; from Frankfurt to Dubai 6 hours; from Hong
King to Dubai 8 hours, from Los Angeles 19 hours 55 minutes,
from Toronto 14 hours 10 minutes, from Sydney 16 hours 15
minutes. It takes 4 hours to fly from Nairobi to Dubai.
You do not have to pay departure tax at any of the UAEs