Etihad Business Class Lounge Review Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal 3

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Etihad is branding itself as a leader in luxury travel and is ready to invest in this marketing promise.

I actually went to Terminal 1 first, for my flight to Beirut. I had no trouble checking my bag in and then making my way through the terminal walkways to the lounge.

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But, dear God, this place is crowded. It feels like the dark days of 2007 at London Heathrow. Crowded, hectic, stress-inducing walkways and huge lines at security. All you want to do is to leave this airport – literally. It is easily one of the most unpleasant modern airports.

I finally made my way to the lounge near Gate 35 and my impression of the airport changed. The lounge is spacious, filled with light and has modern interior architecture. On a busy Saturday at 8AM, the lounge did not seem crowded (though it wasn’t empty either).

My first thought was to grab an espresso; besides the automated espresso makers, the bars actually have baristas. They crank out a really good espresso.

I shot a number of pictures and had many employees smile at me and for being in the picture. After that, a ‘lounge dragon’ came up and explained in stark words how much ‘damage’ I was doing by taking photos. She let me go without taking my SD card, but I rather stopped taking pictures at this point.

The food options include a great many choices, from pastries to eggs to fish as well as salad and yoghurt. While I’m usually hard-pressed to eat any breakfast, this was a sumptuous affair.

The WiFi clocked in at 4 Mbit and I had no trouble uploading some pictures.

Boarding again came 60 minutes out and given my experience with Etihad a day earlier, I heeded the call to step aboard another very cold airport bus on the way to my flight to Beirut.

Update – I went back a number of times since to the lounge including dinner service – which was equally excellent. One thing that I noticed is how crowded the restrooms are – it’s a huge lounge and the property accommodate just 4 people at the same time.


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4 / 5 stars