Etihad Airways relaunches Etihad Stopovers to give travellers free hotel stays in Abu Dhabi

Pre-pandemic, a long time favourite offering by the U.A.E. carrier Etihad Airways were the free stopovers in their home city, Abu Dhabi. It was one of the many things taken away from us during the pandemic, due to the country’s travel restrictions – but now the airline is returning the offer to service!

Known as “Etihad Stopovers”, travellers flying with Etihad will be able to treat themselves to three stopover options:

  1. Stay in a premium four or five-star hotel at a 40% discounted rate. 
    These hotels include:· Anantara Easter Mangroves
    · Andaz Capital Gate
    · Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi Hotel
    · Courtyard by Marriott WTC Abu Dhabi
    · Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island
    · Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi
    · Fairmont Bab al Bahr
    · Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi
    · InterContinental Abu Dhabi
    · Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan (Dry Hotel)
    · Le Meridien Abu Dhabi
    · Novotel Al Bustan
    · Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas
    · Park Rotana Abu Dhabi
    · Radisson Blu Yas Island Hotel
    · Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villa (Pictured)
    · Shangri La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri
    · Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort
    · Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche
    · The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
    · The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa
    · Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri
    · Yas Island Rotana
  2. Enjoy a one or two night complimentary stay in a three or four-star participating hotel.
    These hotels include:· Centro Al Manhal Abu Dhabi
    · Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
    · TRYP by Wyndham Abu Dhabi
    · Premier Inn Abu Dhabi Capital Centre
    · Premier Inn Abu Dhabi International Airport
    · Ramada Abu Dhabi Corniche (Dry Hotel)
    · Ramada Abu Dhabi Downtown
    · Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri
  3. If your connection time is between 10 and 24 hours, and you’re flying an eligible route, you can book a complimentary hotel near Abu Dhabi International Airport, in what they call “Transit Connect“.

And there’s so much to do in the city while you’re there, just an easy taxi ride away! You can read about our favourite things to do in Abu Dhabi HERE. which of course includes getting to ride the world’s fastest roller coaster at Ferrari World!

Martin Drew, Senior Vice President Global Sales, Etihad Airways, said: “With the removal of the majority of travel restrictions, more people are travelling for the summer break. The Etihad Stopover has always been extremely popular, especially for guests looking to break up ultra-long haul travel with a couple of days enjoying the wonders of Abu Dhabi.”

He added: “Our new offers enhance that proposition even further, allowing guests to discover our beautiful Emirate with all of its diverse attractions. There’s something for everyone, from Louvre Abu Dhabi (pictured below) to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, or Yas Island, home of the Formula 1 track, Warner Brothers amusement park and CLYMB, the region’s tallest indoor climbing wall. Not to mention the newly established cycling courses in Al Hudayriyat Island and beautiful golf courses spread across the Emirate.”

More information on the stopover options can be found on

Larry Heath

Founding Editor and Publisher of the AU review. Currently based in Toronto, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter @larry_heath or on Instagram @larryheath.