Getting There 

Abu Dhabi is located on the coast of the United Arab Emirates. Because of its location, this affords you two options when deciding how to get into the country. You could either take a ship that would sail from some location in the Arabian Gulf, or you can fly. For obvious reasons, the most sought after mode of transportation is flight.

If you are flying from the United States, Australia or Europe there are daily flights offered to Abu Dhabi through a number of international airlines, including the UAE flag-carrier Etihad. 

Abu Dhabi International Airport

On arrival you are most likely to land at Abu Dhabi airport.  Currently (as at March 2015) landing cards need to be filled out by visitors, so keep a note of where you are staying.

There is a duty free shop available on arrival. Items include jewellery, alcohol, cigarettes, perfumes, luxury goods including bags and watches. For departing guests there is free wi-fi. There are also computer terminals where you can access internet and emails, but they are often busy. 

Taxis are available for hire outside the arrivals area in the main terminal building (lower level). Taxis are 7-seater minibuses or regular city silver taxis (but note that policies concerning taxis can change on a daily basis). The flag-fall price is 25 Dirhams and they are metered. A down-town Abu Dhabi island hotel will cost about 85 to 100 Dirhams to reach. Dubai will cost around 300 to 250 Dirhams depending on traffic and location.

If you are staying in Dubai or Al Ain and are flying with Etihad there is a free coach which needs to be booked in advance. Please find the link below.


Terminal 3 Departures

Terminal 3 is the newest terminal in the airport and it is exclusively used by Etihad. There is a separate check-in area (past arrivals and the departure points for Terminal 1). After immigration and security checks there is the duty free shopping area which focusses on luxury brands. There is also a Travelex money exchange and a small branch of Boots. Above this area is the food court and the food outlets here include Burger King, Gino's pasta and pizza, Bill Bentley (pub), Yumcha (Asian food), Segafredo Zanetti (coffee shop),  Hippopotamus (bar and grill), Sahten (Arabic food). There is also a smoking room and a large seating area in Terminal 3 (past the duty free shops).

Here is a link to the Abu Dhabi airport website.