I'm flying from LHR to NRT on the 28th December, with a 20 hour stopover in Abu Dhabi. I arrive at AUH at 01:20 (AM) and my connecting flight is at 22:10 (PM) on the same day. That basically gives me time to sleep a little and have a full day of activities by my book.
I called up Etihad (my airline) earlier for some help and suggestions, but they were incredibly unhelpful. I asked if a UK passport was eligible for a VoA, she said yes but they may say no as I'm not staying for long enough (is this true?). Secondly, I asked if I could get a hotel (as I had read that some airlines will foot the cost for long stopovers), but apparently not.
So I did some research online, and as long as I can get a VoA I'd like to know whether or not this is possible.
First: Have a few hours sleep in a hotel (probably a by the hour one? Is this possible in the airport?).
Then I'd like to visit FerrariWorld (mainly just for a few of the attractions), but would also like to see the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Is it possible to do both of these in one day, and if so what's the best order? How would I go about traveling to each place? I wouldn't spend too long at the Mosque, maybe 2 hours max (pictures and walk around).
Some supplementary questions which I don't believe warrant an entire new thread: For a connecting flight, how early do I need to re-arrive at the airport? For myself and my girlfriend, are there any dress-codes/ manners that we are expected to know and follow (sorry to sound ignorant, but I am).
Finally, are there any other things that I'm missing out on which may be better suited for my time? I've heard it's also possible to visit Dubai quite easily?
Thanks so much =D