Abu Dhabi Stopover

Here you can learn everything if you want to make a pleasant Abu Dhabi stopover with many tips

Abu Dhabi Stopover
Abu Dhabi Stopover

With an Abu Dhabi stopover, you have the opportunity to get to know the metropolis in a few days. Here you can learn how to do this best and what to look for as a tourist.

Tips for the Abu Dhabi Stopover

Many flights to Asia or Australia now take place via the Etihad Airways hub at Abu Dhabi Airport. You can wait there in the duty free area until the flight continues and more and more tourists decide for a stopover in the desert metropolis. If one is already there then it offers itself to visit the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

Normally it would be a pity if you just fly on because Abu Dhabi has a lot to offer for the tourists and you will be thrilled. The best way to book the Abu Dhabi stopover is through Etihad Airways who always have special offers for it where everything is included. But you can also do it all yourself and organize it if you want. When booking you should plan a stopover of a few days where you have enough time to see the sights like the Emirates Palace Hotel or the Sheikh Zayed Mosque.

Why make a stopover:
You can look at the emirate

What are other benefits:
The onward journey will not be so stressful

Emirates Palace
Emirates Palace

Do you need a visa there

If you decide for an Abu Dhabi Stopover then citizens from Germany do not need a visa because after arrival at the airport Abu Dhabi you get a free so-called Visa on Arrival. You have to show your passport and then you get a stamp with the duration of your stay.

Usually this is 30 days and most tourists stay only two to three days. So you have enough time and can stay longer in the city if you want. Maybe you decide for a beach vacation and there are many beautiful beaches in Abu Dhabi. Detailed information about entering the United Arab Emirates can be found on our special page.

Is a visa required:
Not for German tourists

Where to get the visa:
Directly at the entry ( Visa on Arrival )

Do you have to pay for the visa:
No, it is free of charge ( only one stamp )

Where to book the stopover

As already mentioned, there are different possibilities that you can use. Either you do this directly through Etihad Airways where there are special programs with many nice hotels. But you can also organize everything yourself and that is no problem. However, the airline usually offers better conditions and sometimes even a free stopover is possible. There you have the opportunity to get to know the Emirate in 48 hours. But this program is only sometimes and not

An Etihad Airways Boeing 787 at Abu Dhabi International Airport
An Etihad Airways Boeing 787 at Abu Dhabi International Airport
Abu Dhabi International Airport
Abu Dhabi International Airport

How much time should you plan

In our opinion, you should plan between two to three days for an Abu Dhabi stopover. Otherwise you will see everything only in fast forward. Especially if you have a long haul flight again then it is a big advantage if you can relax at the beaches. But you can also make a stopover with only 24 hours, or a whole week. That can determine everyone himself.

Our recommendation:
Plan 2 to 3 days

Where to book a hotel

The choice of hotels in Abu Dhabi is now very large. But we recommend to choose a hotel for example on Yas Island. Because there you are practically near the airport and can reach it quickly from there. The highlight would certainly be the W Abu Dhabi Yas Island where you stay directly on the racetrack and that is something special. But there are many more beautiful hotels

Hotels on Yas Island:
W Abu Dhabi Yas Island
Radisson Blu Hotel Yas Island
Yas Island Rotana Abu Dhabi
Crowne Plaza Yas Island
Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island

W Abu Dhabi Yas Island Hotel
W Abu Dhabi Yas Island Hotel

Make excursions and tours

Surely you want to see something of the city during an Abu Dhabi stopover. Of course, it is always a good idea to make excursions and tours so that you can see something of the impressive metropolis of Abu Dhabi. Tourists like to do the Hop On Hop Off Tour through Abu Dhabi where you can easily reach the most famous sights by bus. Something like this is certainly also known from London, Paris and New York. This is especially recommended for vacationers who are there for the first time.

Is there a Hop On Hop Off tour:
Yes, this is offered by Big Bus Tours

Relax and unwind on the beach

But there are also many tourists who want to relax after a long flight and just want to lie on the beach. This is all possible in the Arabian metropolis and then you should book a nice beach hotel like the Emirates Palace. We always recommend to do a combination of relaxation and sightseeing and this is the best option. There are also very nice hotels on Saadiyat Island.

Which beach hotel is recommended:
Emirates Palace
Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas
Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island
Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas
St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

A hotel on Saadiyat Island
A hotel on Saadiyat Island

Visit the big shopping malls

Vacationers also like to visit the large and modern shopping malls in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. In our opinion, this is practically a must during an Abu Dhabi stopover. One will be thrilled by the Yas Mall, or also the Marina Mall. Furthermore, you have the opportunity to buy products that are not available elsewhere.

These are the biggest malls in Abu Dhabi:
Yas Mall
Marina Mall

Visit the Louvre

One of the top attractions of Abu Dhabi is of course the Louvre and that is something special. Already the building is a highlight and you should not miss it. It is one of the most famous art museums in the world and during an Abu Dhabi stopover you have the opportunity to see it. However, the original is the Louvre in Paris and in Abu Dhabi there is an offshoot.

Distance from the city center:
14 kilometers, 25 minutes

Saadiyat Island
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Mosque

What attactions to see

The best thing to do is to have a look at our list of Abu Dhabi attractions. But there are of course some attractions that are particularly worth seeing and should not be missed. These are the Sheikh Zayed Mosque and the Emirates Palace Hotel. But there is much more and the metropolis offers so much that you would need a week for it.

What you have to see:
Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Emirates Palace Hotel

Our opinion

There are many reasons why you should do an Abu Dhabi stopover and if you have the possibility then you should do it. For example a flight to Australia is very exhausting where you have to sit in the plane for a long time and if you have a break of a few days your body can recover and the journey is not so exhausting. By the way, you can make a stopover on the outbound flight or on the return flight.

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