Flying To Abu Dhabi International Airport


Flying to Abu Dhabi International Airport

Ajay Aarons | UAS Airport Supervisor - 12/26/2019
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Flying to Abu Dhabi International Airport: Planning an operation to Abu Dhabi anytime soon? A popular business and leisure destination, the capital of the United Arab Emirates is served by Abu Dhabi International Airport. Here is everything operators and their passengers need to know.

Abu Dhabi International Airport

  • Coordinates: N24-26.0 / E054-39.1
  • Elevation: 88 feet
  • Magnetic variation: 02° E
  • Fuel types: Jet A1 and Avgas
  • Time zone: UTC +4
  • Average temperature: 25°C/ 84°F

Operational Information

  • Overflight permits are not required for private and non-scheduled flights
  • Landing permits are required for private and non-scheduled flights
  • PPR and slots are not required
  • There are no parking restrictions
  • There is no significant NOTAM at this time but always check before your operation
  • Full cargo handling facilities up to and including B 747 – F and AN 124 aircraft
  • Repair facilities for:
    • Aircraft up to B 747 – Line maintenance, ramp technical handling available on request for all types of aircraft. Comprehensive airframe maintenance and overhaul available
    • Aircraft up to 50,000 LBS AUW – Maintenance available on request for turboprop, gas turbine or piston engine aircraft


  • A visa may or may not be required ahead of your visit to the UAE depending on your nationality
  • No entry visa is required for GCC citizens. The only requirement is to produce your GCC passport or national ID card at the point of entry in UAE
  • A visa on arrival will be issued, free of charge, if you are a citizen of one of the following countries:
    • Andorra, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, China , Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Monaco, New Zealand, People’s Republic of China, Russian Federation, San Marino, Singapore, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vatican City, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay
  • Citizens of any other countries will need to apply for a visa through your nearest UAE embassy
  • In some cases, your airline may be able to help you with this. An eye scan will be required at the airport
  • Visitors requiring a visa must have a local sponsor to secure entry. This must be delivered to the airport by the sponsor for collection on arrival. Visa Delivery Services offices are located in each terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport


  • Visa requirements are subject to change
  • Always check with your travel agent or nearest UAE embassy before traveling
  • Expired visa holders can be detained and/or fined
  • A visit visa is valid for 30 days


Each passenger is permitted to bring the following items into the UAE:

  • 4 liters of alcohol or one carton or 24 cans of beer
  • Cigarettes not exceeding AED 2,000 worth
  • Cigars not exceeding AED 3,000 worth

Prohibited items:

  • The United Arab Emirates has a zero-tolerance drugs policy, even a small quantity of illegal drugs found on your person or in your possessions can result in imprisonment for those entering or transiting the UAE
  • Prescription is mandatory for any medication brought into the UAE
  • Some international over-the-counter medications containing codeine or similar narcotic-like ingredients are classified as controlled substances in the UAE, and it is illegal to have them in your possession. We advise that you contact your nearest UAE embassy or consulate for advice if you must take medications or other drugs into the country
  • All controlled substances such as cannabis, opium, etc. are banned, and the penalties for handling these drugs are severe
  • Importation of firearms and dangerous weaponry is restricted
  • Religious propaganda and any potentially offensive printed materials, CDs, videos, films, etc. are prohibited
  • Strict copyright laws are enforced in the UAE and pirated video and audiotapes, or illegal computer software will be confiscated


The local currency is the Dirham AED. There are no restrictions on the amount of cash you can carry. However, amounts exceeding AED 100,000 must be declared.


  • Taxi
    • Abu Dhabi International Airport terminals are well serviced by taxi companies 24/7
    • Taxi pick-up areas are located outside the Arrivals Halls of Terminal 1 and 3 or can be booked in advance
    • Special taxis for women and children, families and for people of determination
    • To book a taxi, call 600535353 or book via the Abu Dhabi Taxi app
    • Metered Toyota Camry taxis are available outside the Arrival Hall of Terminal
  • Public Transport
    • Bus service to the city of Abu Dhabi is available outside Terminals 1, 2, and 3, the Cargo Building and the Police Complex
    • Departing every 40 minutes, 24/7
    • Travel time to the city center takes approximately 45 minutes


  • Aloft Abu Dhabi
  • Rotana Abu Dhabi
  • Crowne Plaza
  • Le Méridien Abu Dhabi


  • Ferrari World
  • Warner Bros
  • Louvre Abu Dhabi
  • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
  • Emirates Palace

For support flying to Abu Dhabi International Airport, contact UAS

Ajay Aarons | UAS Airport Supervisor

UAS Airport Supervisor