As you might of seen from my previous posts Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi First Class Lounge To Open May 1? and I’m going to Abu Dhabi for a day! I was headed to Abu Dhabi to review the much anticipated first class lounge.

Originally I was supposed to be flying business both ways but decided last minute to use some velocity points for a first award. Sadly today Virgin Australia have added big fees for Etihad redemptions in all classes.

Etihad currently use a dedicated area for its First and Business class passengers at the end of T3.

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The whole area has been renovated and made to look a lot more modern. Etihad have done a great job creating an inviting and beautiful area.

DSC00100.jpgFirst class check in

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DSC00102.jpgWaiting area

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DSC00103.jpgFast track security which also now include smart gates.

Directly after exiting security is the entry for the lounge.

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IMG_3480Partner airlines that can access the lounge. Have to be elite or platinum equivelent

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IMG_3520Main dinning area

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Etihad have created a speical menu dedicated to Emirati cusine. They have partnered with the Emirates palace making this possible. It is a 5 course meal with traditional arabic taste and flare.

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IMG_3562Date with chami

IMG_3566Chicken and barley soup

IMG_3567Scallops mughrabia

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IMG_3571Lamb medfoun

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IMG_3529Bar for dining area

IMG_3524Ciagar lounge with congac

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IMG_3518Secondary dining area

IMG_3516Bar identical to JFK and MEL lounges.

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IMG_3488TV room

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IMG_3494Relax and recline room

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IMG_3499Self serve buffet

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IMG_3511Dining for the buffet

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IMG_3553Six senses spa

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IMG_3548.jpgFitness room

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IMG_3538Washrooms for the fitness room

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IMG_3550Washrooms

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IMG_3557Play room

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After spending 3 hours in the lounge I fell in love with it, it’s stylish, modern, staff are extremely friendly and the food is amazing!

I would have to say this is my new favourite lounge and I cannot wait to return.

What do you think about the new first lounge?