Etihad Offers Free Stopover Night in Abu Dhabi

Etihad Offers Free Stopover Night in Abu Dhabi

Etihad Airways will offer one night’s free accommodation to passengers stopping over in Abu Dhabi for a minimum of two nights before 1st December 2012. The Essential Stopovers offer, part of the Essential Abu Dhabi programme, can be redeemed at 25 hotels, ranging from 3-star to 5-star.

Abu Dhabi

Further nights in 5-star and 4-star accommodation can be purchased at rates as low as €45 per person, based on twin occupancy, and €33 for 3-star accommodation.

Etihad Airways passengers taking advantage of the stopover offer can also enjoy two-for-one deals at Ferrari World, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Yas Links and Monte Carlo Beach Club. Two-for-one safaris or tours can also be claimed from operators Desert Safari and Abu Dhabi City Tour.

The stopover programme offer is available to all Etihad Airways guests, as well as to passengers travelling on Etihad Airways marketed flights. All passengers must have an onward booking beyond Abu Dhabi.

Chief Commercial Officer Peter Baumgartner said: “We are delighted to invite people from all over the world to experience Abu Dhabi for themselves. The capital city of the United Arab Emirates has so much to offer both business and leisure travellers.

“This offer is intended to encourage people to make time to get off the aircraft at Abu Dhabi and explore the emirate – be that with a visit to the Arabian desert, a trip to one of the world’s largest mosques, a tour of the attractions on Yas Island, or by sampling the emirate’s world class hotels and restaurants. Abu Dhabi is a magical place with something to offer everyone.”

Participating Hotels

The Essential Stopovers deal can be redeemed at the following Abu Dhabi hotels:


Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi

Park Rotana

Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana

Intercontinental Abu Dhabi

Beach Rotana Hotel and Towers

Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort

Rocce Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi

Grand Millennium Al Wahda

Etihad Towers Jumeirah

Hyatt Capital Gate

Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi

Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas

Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri


Yas Island Rotana

Cristal Abu Dhabi Hotel

Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island

Cristal Salam

Mafraq Hotel

Radisson Blu Yas Island

Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri


Centro Al Manhal

Centro Yas Island


Third Daily Abu Dhabi – Bangkok 

Meanwhile, the President and Chief Executive of Etihad Airways, James Hogan, is in Thailand this week to meet with officials, business partners, media and the airline’s Bangkok team to discuss the airline’s operations and growth plans.

During the visit, he hosted leading members of the Thai community and trade and industry partners at a VIP cocktail reception ahead of the airline’s eighth anniversary of Thai operations, and to reaffirm Etihad Airways’ commitment to the important Thailand market.

Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr James Hogan, with the Chief Executive of Bangkok Airways, Dr Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth

Chief Executive of Bangkok Airways, Dr Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth, with Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive, James Hogan

He said: “I am delighted to be in Bangkok, and to see for myself the continuing growth in the Thai market in spite of the challenges of last year, which is enabling us to launch our third daily service on the Abu Dhabi – Bangkok route with a Boeing 777-300ER from 15th April 2012.

“The past year has been a hugely successful one for Etihad Airways, with excellent financial results, and the announcement of game-changing investments in Airberlin and Air Seychelles marking a major step forward in our partnership strategy. We have already seen strong interest in Airberlin’s Abu Dhabi – Phuket flight, and are pleased at the positive contribution these flights will make to tourist arrivals.

“At the same time, our codeshare partnerships with Bangkok Airways and Vietnam Airlines, two of the leading carriers in the region, are offering travellers a range of outstanding choices.”

In addition to supporting tourism growth in Thailand through growing its own services and its codeshare arrangements, Etihad Airways is also contributing through its ‘Amazing Thailand Programme’, in co-operation with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, offering a range of special deals and promotions through Etihad Holidays, including great packages, upgrades and offers for vacations in Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Samui, strongly encouraging travel to Thailand from not only the UAE, but also the GCC countries, and the whole of the Middle East.

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, editor and proofreader for 53 years, and ITTN's News & Features Editor for 43 years. His travel blog is at

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