I found a couple of similar questions, but no one that really answered my question (e.g. Transiting in Abu Dhabi (UK passport) for 20 hours, is this itinerary possible?, Can I leave Abu Dhabi airport while on a transit?)

On a Friday at the end of November, I'll arrive at Abu Dhabi, Terminal 1 around 7 pm. 7.5 hours later, my flight to Europe leaves from Terminal 3. Are these 7.5 hours enough to travel to the city, have dinner there, and come back to the airport in time? I heard that the lines at immigration and security can be sometimes quite long, particularly on weekends.

  • Somehow I read "flights" as "fights" and thought you were trying to avoid bullet-dodging while sight-seeing.
    – Zack
    Commented Oct 24, 2016 at 13:42

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Yes 7 to 8 hours is plenty of time to visit and have dinner in nearby places, Also there is a recommendation from official Abu dhabi Airport guide and places to see in short interval:


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Because I have been an Etihad frequent Flyer for the past 4 years, it is plenty of time to visit close by places. Normally immigration takes 30 to 45 mins, still if you keep 2 hours for immigration(exit + entry) 5 hours is plenty of time . Also catching a taxi is always recommended for short duration.

First I visited Yas Island(took 4 to 5 hours) and another trip I made to Cornich Beach area took around 7 hours

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    Sounds great. Thanks. I even can get a on arrival visa. Probably I'm going to the Grand Mosque that is open until 10pm :) Commented Oct 24, 2016 at 9:46
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    @RoflcoptrException Yes, your choice, but i didn't visit Grand Mosque :)
    – Ali Awan
    Commented Oct 24, 2016 at 9:47
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    @RoflcoptrException actually good idea to visit Grand Mosque, bus line 054 i just saw goes to grand mosque.
    – Ali Awan
    Commented Oct 24, 2016 at 9:50
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    The dancing fountain at the Burj Khalifa,is interesting, IMHO. Every half hour until 11:00pm Commented Oct 24, 2016 at 14:58
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    +1 for suggesting Cornich Beach. I think that area is nice even at night. If you would like to go shopping, there is one Marina Mall as I remember it. It was nice. I was living in Abu Dhabi at the time it was built and it was a big thing that time.
    – DarthVader
    Commented Feb 14, 2017 at 8:33

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