Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has in just eight years established itself as the world’s leading airline, and has gone on to become the fastest growing airline in the history of commercial aviation. Abu Dhabi is the airline’s hub and its fleet of 66 aircraft operates more than 1000 flights per week, serving an international network of 84 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. Etihad Airways also owns nearly 30 percent of airberlin, Europe’s sixth largest carrier and 40 percent of Air Seychelles.
The airline seeks to reflect the best of Arabian hospitality – cultured, considerate, warm and generous – as well as enhance the prestige of Abu Dhabi as a centre of hospitality between East and West. Etihad Airways has received a range of awards that reflect its position as the leading premium airline brand in the world, including ‘World’s Leading Airline’ at the World Travel Awards in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
To travel around the city, there are four major means of transportation available; taxi, bus, tour, and rental cars or private cars. There is a good network of roads in the city and hardly any major traffic jam issues- even in peak time.
The buses in Abu Dhabi are new, modern vehicles with air-conditioning and access for passengers with disabilities. Apart from the designated main stations on each route, buses also stop at lay-bys between the main stops to let passengers board or step off the bus. Bus services run daily from 5am to midnight and until 2am on weekends. The fares vary, depending on frequency and distance of travel. Passengers have to purchase an Ojra bus pass before they get on the bus. It is available at all bus stands as well as at the Red Crescent kiosks on Abu Dhabi island. There are five different kinds of bus passes, ranging from single-trip tickets over day and month passes to extra tickets for senior citizens and people with special needs.
Another more popular and economical option to explore the city will be by taxi, which are conveniently located all around the city. Taxis can be found in plentiful supply and are an inexpensive means of travel and are clean and safe. Taxi stands are only available at shopping centers or hotels. However, passengers can always hail a taxi on the street or book one in advance. Most of the drivers speak Arabic as well as English, Urdu and Filipino.
In the cities of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, passengers can also order pink taxis. These come with a female driver and ensure safe transportation for women and children younger than 10 years of age. They operate for the usual fare. Long-distance taxis which travel to other emirates are available as well. You will find them at the bus station at the intersection of Al Muroor and Defense Road. The fare is determined by the meter.
There is also a large number of major car rental companies available to suit all preferences and budgets.
Click here for a list of the car rental options available from the Abu Dhabi International Airport.