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    Anybody Been to Abu Dhabi?

    I have a layover in Abu Dhabi in a few months for just under 7 hours. We arrive at night, and was wondering if anybody on here has been there. I'm basically wondering if it's worth it. I can think of a few places I want to go there (i.e. Ferrari Theme Park, world's largest mosque), but am betting they close "early" but unsure if the place is worth it for what will probably be 4 hours at night.

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    Re: Anybody Been to Abu Dhabi?

    I never try to make tourist trips during international layovers. Too many variables with local transportation and getting back to the correct gate. Unless you can lose a day, I wouldn't take the risk of leaving the airport, but just enjoy the international travel lounge!



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    I ended up there by accident once. I knew I should have taken that left turn in Albuquerque.




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    Re: Anybody Been to Abu Dhabi?

    They have a a nice strip club and there



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    Quote Originally Posted by WhatchaGonnaDo View Post
    They have a a nice strip club and there
    they have a strip club IN the airport!!!!! Jealous!



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    Re: Anybody Been to Abu Dhabi?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cycsk View Post
    I never try to make tourist trips during international layovers. Too many variables with local transportation and getting back to the correct gate. Unless you can lose a day, I wouldn't take the risk of leaving the airport, but just enjoy the international travel lounge!
    That's kind of what I thought. I have done international layovers before, but made sure it was going to be fine. Flight lands at 8pm, and then next one takes off at like 2:30am. My friend who lives in Dubai said the malls don't close until 2am there, but I don't want to go out for just that. I think the airport lounge will be fine. We're flying Etihad and just missed the free hotel on a layover deal :( Can't believe they give you a free hotel...



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    Re: Anybody Been to Abu Dhabi?

    I would find a way to get solid sleep, personally.


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    Re: Anybody Been to Abu Dhabi?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cycsk View Post
    I never try to make tourist trips during international layovers. Too many variables with local transportation and getting back to the correct gate. Unless you can lose a day, I wouldn't take the risk of leaving the airport, but just enjoy the international travel lounge!
    I agree with this too. I've had layovers in Beijing (twice) and Tokyo and just getting to your next gate can be a challenge sometimes (especially Beijing) even if it's a long layover. Unless you're spending the night there I'd probably suggest staying at the airport.


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    Re: Anybody Been to Abu Dhabi?

    I just got back from Dubai and I would recommend what others have said. It took a solid two hours to get through the three layers of security at Dubai International. Abu Dhabi is likely less busy, but I would still expect it to be a pain to go through security.

    I got to go to the mosque (not the world's largest, but top 10), and it was an experience, but it will likely be closed at night. I think I would just pack it in.



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    Re: Anybody Been to Abu Dhabi?

    I've been there a couple times. I would agree with the others who say to stay at the airport. Most of the attractions there are best seen during the day, and it can take a while to get around

    They are building a new terminal, but I don't think it is open. You should be able to find a place to lay down



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    Re: Anybody Been to Abu Dhabi?

    Quote Originally Posted by Angie View Post
    I would find a way to get solid sleep, personally.
    Yeah, maybe a little. The next flight is at 2:30am, but it's also an almost 8 hour flight, so I have to plan this out. I'm going to be in the middle east/europe in another country for about a week before doing the layover in Abu Dhabi, then go to SE Asia for 1.5 weeks, which is 6 hours ahead of the other and get there at 2pm. I'm going to have to get some sleep, but not a ton so I can fall asleep easily in the new time zone.


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    Re: Anybody Been to Abu Dhabi?

    The cheapest shopping for a number of things there in the airport! I bought an unlocked iPhone 3 when they first came out there for $89.


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    Re: Anybody Been to Abu Dhabi?

    Quote Originally Posted by TXCyclones View Post
    The cheapest shopping for a number of things there in the airport! I bought an unlocked iPhone 3 when they first came out there for $89.
    Nice. Does that extend to other stuff like certain watches? :D



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