Etihad Airways And DCT Abu Dhabi Partner For Free  Stopovers

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, and the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) have announced the launch of Abu Dhabi Stopover. H.E. Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry and Antonoaldo Neves pose with the signed agreement. The announcement was made at the Arabian Travel Market, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between DCT Abu Dhabi’s Director General for Tourism, His Excellency Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry, and Etihad CEO Antonoaldo Neves.

The Abu Dhabi Stopover, which is exclusive to Etihad Airways, encourages passengers flying via Abu Dhabi to transform their free stopover hotel stay into the ideal vacation. The UAE capital is an interesting and handy stopover location, thanks to its world-class hotels, beautiful beaches, dynamic eating scene, and nonstop entertainment.

When booking flights with Etihad, clients may now include a stopover and choose a complementary hotel as part of the online booking process. Guests can select a complimentary stay for one or two nights in a variety of excellent hotels in the city. Stopover packages are only available when booked directly through

DCT Abu Dhabi’s Director General for Tourism, H.E. Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry, emphasized the importance of partnerships in sharing the finest of Abu Dhabi with worldwide travelers. The Stopover programme with Etihad Airways provides an intriguing introduction to the emirate for curious guests. This creative campaign showcases the varied activities available here, from entertainment and culture to leisure and beyond, encouraging visitors to return and immerse themselves in the full Abu Dhabi experience.

We plan to bring more than 100,000 visitors to Abu Dhabi through the Stopover programme over the next year, and we’re confident that once they have a taste of what the capital has to offer, they will return for more. We are thrilled to be working hand in hand with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi to showcase what the emirate has to offer to the world,” said Antonoaldo Neves, CEO of Etihad.

Experience Abu Dhabi

The UAE capital has a diverse landscape, from the serene dunes that offer desert safari adventures or tranquil escapism to the soft-sand, turtle-nesting beaches of Saadiyat Island, where visitors can enjoy turquoise waters and take in a majestic sunrise or linger for the last rays of light as the sun sets.

Culture lovers will be delighted by the city’s spectacular architectural attractions, which include the famed Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which features a distinctive landmark dome created by Jean Nouvel, and the Qasr Al Watan Presidential Palace.

Those seeking adventure and family fun can travel straight to Yas Island, where amusement parks like Ferrari World YAS Island Abu Dhabi provide adrenaline-pumping thrills. Kids will enjoy seeing their favorite characters at Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld. Yas Island Abu Dhabi provides rides, slides, wave pools, and a lazy river to enjoy during the UAE’s sunny days.

Yas Island also houses the Yas Marina Circuit, which hosts the iconic Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The racetrack is open to guests for walking, running, cycling, and go-karting most of the year.

Etihad’s boarding card also doubles as the Abu Dhabi pass, which provides discounts on several of the city’s top attractions and eating experiences.

Etihad Airways serves over 70 destinations across the world from its new home at the cutting-edge Zayed International Airport. Located on the outskirts of the city, the airport allows for a quick stay before easily connecting onwards.


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