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Review: New Etihad Business Lounge – Abu Dhabi Terminal A (AUH)

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City Abu Dhabi
To the point Here's my review of the new Etihad Airways Business Lounge at Abu Dhabi Airport's Terminal A, with lots of photos.

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After several years of postponement, the opening of the new Terminal A at Abu Dhabi International Airport took place in November 2023. I was present during the opening week, following the Dubai Airshow 2023, and so was able to visit the new facilities, including the new Etihad Business lounge.

Etihad Business Lounge | Terminal A - Access

First, a few words about this new Terminal A at Abu Dhabi Airport, replacing Terminals 1 and 3. This one is magnificent. Construction began in 2012, intending to handle up to 45 million passengers a year (doubling the previous capacity).

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The terminal was due to open in 2017, but the launch has been delayed to 2019. That year, the terminal was ready to open. However, after contractual problems with the operator – and the COVID-19 pandemic – it wasn’t until late 2023 that the facility could finally welcome the public. You may have seen it in the Mission Impossible movie, released the same year!

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Travelling in business class with Etihad, thanks to my Aeroplan points, I go to the check-in area dedicated to business class passengers.

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Check-in is a breeze, as is passing through security (unlike other airports that simply offer a priority security line, here there’s a dedicated security area for business-class passengers).

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A few shots from inside Terminal A:

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Etihad’s lounges (First and Business Class) are located between Piers C and D. First; we pass the First Class lounge:

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Then the Etihad Spa (closed at the time of my visit):

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Finally, we arrive at the new Etihad Business Lounge near gate C27.

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Etihad Business Lounge | Terminal A - Entrance

There are several reception desks. Etihad agents are proactive, however, and will be waiting for you next to the automated entry systems at the Etihad Business Lounge.

Access to the new Etihad Business Lounge is for:

  • Passengers travelling in Business or First Class
  • Etihad Guest Elite Members
  • Passengers travelling in economy class with Etihad (access subject to charge)
Abu Dhabi – Nouvel aéroport Terminal A-16

This Etihad Business lounge is spread over three floors, linked by escalators and elevators.

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Etihad Business Lounge | Terminal A - First floor (3rd)

Etihad Business Lounge | Terminal A - Liwan Global Dining

On the second floor of the new Etihad Business Lounge (actually the 3rd floor of Terminal A), you first enter the buffet area known as Liwan Global Dining.

The entire space is designed in Arabic style. However, I found it lacking in charm and seemed – already – dated. It feels like a space from 2015-2017, not 2023, more like a canteen than a lounge.

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In the center of this space is a bar where you can enjoy any alcoholic or non-alcoholic cocktail or a glass of wine.

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Etihad Business Lounge | Terminal A - Buffet

The buffet in the new Etihad Business Lounge is divided into 3 sections:

  • Salad bar in the middle
  • International cuisine on the left (including a cheese bar)
  • Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine on the right (including a dessert bar)
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Here are all the photos of the dishes offered in this new Etihad Business Lounge:

Etihad Business Lounge | Terminal A - Second floor (4th)

The second floor of the Etihad Business Lounge is actually on the 4th floor of Terminal A. This is the lounge’s most significant space, divided into several distinct areas.

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Etihad Business Lounge | Terminal A - Gaming room

A games room offers a soccer table, a field hockey table and video games.

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Etihad Business Lounge | Terminal A - Showers

On the second floor, you’ll find 18 shower suites available by reservation.

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Etihad Business Lounge | Terminal A - Family Room

Also, this new Etihad Business Lounge has a vast and colourful room dedicated to families and little ones.

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Etihad Business Lounge | Terminal A - West Study

Next to the family room, you’ll find a relaxation area called West Study, with a small buffet offering drinks and chips.

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Etihad Business Lounge | Terminal A - Smoking area

An area on this second floor is reserved for smokers (and cigar aficionados).

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Etihad Business Lounge | Terminal A - Other areas

Last but not least, further rest and buffet areas are on the right-hand side of the second floor.

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Etihad Business Lounge | Terminal A - Top floor

The top floor of the lounge was my favourite. A magnificent bar and a buffet area featuring almost everything you’d find on the second floor. My advice is to head straight for the top floor to get the feel of a lounge.

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Etihad Business Lounge | Terminal A - Constellation bar and buffet

The Constellation bar in the new Etihad Business Lounge is the centrepiece of the lounge.

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Around it, you’ll find a variety of seats for seating or dining.

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And you can order your favourite cocktail (including my Espresso Martini).

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The buffet offers a varied choice of hot and cold dishes.

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Etihad Business Lounge | Terminal A - Relaxation area

Finally, at the very end of the third floor of this new Etihad Business Lounge, you’ll find a relaxation area called the “Roof Lounge.”

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Bottom Line

The Etihad Business Lounge is a stunning addition to Abu Dhabi Airport’s new Terminal A. While the second floor’s layout leaves something to be desired, in my opinion (giving the impression of a school refectory), the second and third floors are of excellent quality.

If you’re passing through this new Etihad Business Lounge, I suggest you head straight to the second floor to reserve your shower cubicle, then to the third floor for dinner and a drink at the bar!

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Jean-Maximilien
Jean-Maximilien is an expert in Canada and France about Loyalty programs, Credit cards and Travel. He is the Founding President of Milesopedia.

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