Etihad opens stunning new lounges at Abu Dhabi Airport’s Terminal A

As we already know, all the airlines operating from Abu Dhabi International Airport are transitioning from Terminal 1 & 3 to Terminal A. While many airlines have already transitioned, Etihad will transition in two phases on November 9 and 14, 2023. The airline has now announced the opening of new lounges at Terminal A in tandem with its move to Terminal A.

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Etihad’s new lounges go live.

Etihad’s new 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 guests, including the Constellation Bar at the enclosed Roof Lounge.

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

The Lounge is located with access to three gates offering direct-lounge boarding on selected flights, meaning guests in premium cabins can board straight from the Lounge for convenience and speed.

Within the Lounge, expansive views of the runway can be savoured from the calm and tranquil retreat offered in the East and West Study, which gives guests the perfect place to watch aircraft take off or come in to land.

Etihad’s Business Class Lounge features a Rooftop lounge.

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 a choice featuring live cooking stations and Emirati and Middle Eastern cuisines alongside international favourites inspired by the destinations Etihad flies to.

Etihad’s guests can also dine at the Roof Lounge at select periods and enjoy an international buffet of hot and cold dishes. There are also multiple stations across the lounge where guests can help themselves with snacks and hot and cold drinks.

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Dining at Etihad’s New Lounges at AUH Terminal A

The Constellation Bar within the Roof Lounge is decorated with a 172-piece, 25 m-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.

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Etihad Business Lounge Roof Lounge

The Relaxation Rooms provide private spaces with day beds and plush Armani Casa furnishings for guests to catch up on rest and refresh in one of the 18 beautifully appointed shower suites before their flight.

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Etihad’s Relaxation Rooms

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

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Etihad Business Lounge game room

Additionally, Chesterfield sofas bring plush comfort to the Smoking Lounge for cigarette and cigar smokers.

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Etihad Business Lounge smoking lounge

Etihad’s First Class Lounge

The First Lounge will have a dedicated reception lobby for Etihad’s premium guests and a private elevator to access the Rooftop Lounge on the complex’s top floor. The First Lounge Dining Room will offer 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.

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In The Parlour, 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 and a signature coffee presentation.

First-class Private Suites allow guests to work, relax and dine in complete privacy. The Private Suites are complimentary for guests flying in The Residence and available for booking by all other First class lounge guests.

Etihad’s Arrival Lounge in Abu Dhabi

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

Etihad’s CEO, Antonoaldo Neves, said,

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.


As Etihad launches operations from Terminal A, the airline is opening up new lounges for Business and First Class customers and eligible Etihad Guest members (Gold and Platinum). Etihad will also launch an arrival lounge for customers entitled to their Chauffeur service on arrival in Abu Dhabi. Three Boarding Gates will directly connect from the Lounge, allowing premium customers to board from the lounge itself. What needs to be clarified is whether the lounge for the US Preclearance facility is open.

What do you think of Etihad’s new lounges at Terminal A?

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    • No gym, prices are 215 usd for 8 hours at business class, cannot buy first class any more. I am here now sitting for 12 hours in the terminal because they changed the prices and access

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