Abu Dhabi International Airport

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All you need to know about your airport experience

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Tips for Flying

Here are a few tips to help take the stress out of your airport and flight experience.

  • If you are bringing a mobile phone and/or laptop with you, it’s a good idea to have these fully charged before you leave.   You will be able to use these at the airport, but once you’re on the plane they will have to be switched off during take off and landing and in the case of your mobile, possibly the duration of the flight, depending on your airline’s regulations.
  • Make sure that your luggage is packed in accordance with the regulations for checked luggage and hand luggage.
  • Make sure you get to the airport early, as you may have to queue at check-in. Contact your airline to find out what time their check-in closes. Also allow plenty of time to find your way around.
  • Make sure that you keep your passport, visa(s) and airticket  in an easily accessible place, for inspection at check-in.
  • Once you have checked in, your airticket will be exchanged for a boarding pass, which you will need to have available for inspection at security check-points and Passport Control
  • Take note of our tips on going through Airport Security to help you get through smoothly and quickly.
  • Once you have gone through Airport Security, check one of the many screens around the terminal building to ensure that your flight is on time. You could also sign up for SMS or email flight status alerts. Check the boarding gate you need to go to, and at what time.   Allow plenty of time to get to your boarding gate - some of them are further away than others. Boarding will be announced at least 45 minutes before departure and boarding gates will close 15 minutes before departure. 
  • If you still have plenty of time you’ll be able to browse our Duty Free shops, have a cup of coffee and a meal and buy a book or magazine to read on the flight.
  • During the flight, try to drink plenty of water to combat dehydration.
  • Stretch your legs and try to take regular walks throughout the flight to keep the blood circulating in your legs. This will ease the discomfort of sitting for a long time.

Bon voyage!