If you’re flying in to Abu Dhabi International Airport on one of the thirty-two airlines that fly in and out of this Middle Eastern Emirate, it’s possible you may have a stop-over on your way to your destination. The airport is the home base for Etihad Airways and Virgin Australia operates flights there.
If your stopover is a bit too long for you to just sit with a cup of coffee, you might like to hop over to Terminal 3 (used by both the above airlines as well as Air Seychelles and Air Berlin) and check out the GoSleep Sleeping Pods currently available at two locations in the Terminal since May 2013. They can also be found at Helsinki Airport in Finland, the first airport in Europe to make them available, as well as Schiphol Airport Amsterdam and Dubai.
Sleeping Pods at Abu Dhabi International Airport
Although they may not appeal to the claustrophobic, the futuristic GoSleep pods do provide a place to sleep, charge your mobile devices and let you store your luggage safely.
The GoSleep pod looks like a normal easy chair
- but converts into a sleeping pod when you fold the chair flat
- you can choose to either fully or partially close the cover, blocking out light and other travellers and offering some privacy
- there’s space underneath to store your hand carry luggage and other items and a variety of sockets to charge your mobile devices.
For more information and pricing you can visit the GoSleep website. Pre-booking is a good idea to ensure you get your pod, (currently only available in Abu Dhabi) although walk-in reservations are possible, subject to availability. Pricing is based on the time used and is at a premium during the night time.
Advance bookings will be charged in USD using PayPal, though there’s a variety of widely used currencies accepted for walk-in customers.