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Planning a layover in Abu Dhabi and wondering how to make the most of your time in the city? There are plenty of wonderful things to see and do just outside Zayed International Airport. Whether you have a scant few hours or a whole day to play with, we've got you covered with a range of exciting suggestions!

From iconic landmarks such as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque to quaint local markets, captivating museums, and thrilling theme parks, our comprehensive guide includes all you need to plan a memorable layover experience in this vibrant city. And in case you're wondering about visa requirements, don't sweat it! The process is a piece of cake. So take heed and get set to embark on an exhilarating journey to discover the best of Abu Dhabi during your next layover!

Visa Information

First things first, make sure you’ve checked the visa requirements before planning your layover journey. Requirements vary based upon your nationality. GCC citizens do not require a visa, and visitors from most countries can get a visa free-of-charge upon arrival. However, some visitors will need to apply for a visa in advance through their embassy. And in some cases, your airline may be able to assist you, so make sure to get in touch before boarding your flight to Abu Dhabi.

Helpful Airport Facilities

Abu Dhabi International Airport boasts a range of convenient facilities to ensure that every traveller’s journey is a smooth one. If you’re on a long layover, you can choose to sleep at the airport, or safely store your luggage at the airport’s secure baggage counter facility before heading out for a day of exploration in Abu Dhabi ahead of your next flight. Travellers wishing to reclaim baggage will be required to show ID and provide their receipt. Any baggage not claimed within 6 months will be discarded.

Getting Around Abu Dhabi

Getting around Abu Dhabi is easier than ever thanks to the range of accessible transport options available. Choose from taxis, buses and rental services to connect you around the emirate. Taxis can be easily found from just about any point in Abu Dhabi, and right outside the airport. If you’re an avid planner and prefer booking your transport service in advance, download the Abu Dhabi taxi app or on-demand ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Careem. For a more cost effective way of getting around the city, hop on the Visit Abu Dhabi Shuttle Bus to explore tourist hot spots or get on the public buses, which operate around the clock.

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Frequently asked questions about transit in Abu Dhabi

Yes. However, you may still be required to apply for a visa. For more information on the transit visa, contact your airline for support.

No. Visitors and residents are no longer required to undergo PCR tests to enter or pass through Abu Dhabi.

If you have more than four hours before your next flight, you can apply for a transit visa to explore Abu Dhabi.

For more information on the transit visa, make sure to check in with your airline ahead of your trip.