Arabian Encounters is our division, which specialises in the design of vacations to the Arabian Peninsula. With over 25 years of experience; we look forward to helping you with your visit.
Abu Dhabi is the Capitol of the United Arab Emirates and has a strong International and Arabic influences, which give to the visitor an intriguing mix of Arabia both old and new. Although the United Arab Emirates is a relatively new country, which dates back to August 1966, when as ruler of Abu Dhabi: Sheikh Zayed had a vision for harmony and unity in co-operation with neighbouring emirates, that saw the birth of the United Arab Emirates.
Upon the death of Sheikh Zayed his son Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan to be the Emir and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.
Today Abu Dhabi has a captivating culture with a warm Arabic Welcome and luxury hospitality for the International visitor. Marvel at Abu Dhabi’s top landmarks such as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosqu, to the excitement of Ferrai World Abu Dhabi with the Worlds fastest Roller Coaster. Take to the ocean and explore the coastline to the deserts for sand skiing in the country’s Western Region and Al Ain and oasis of Palm plantations and captivating red sand dunes.
We are proud to be an agent for Etihad Airways and award winning airline offering the lastest and most advance aicraft for your comfort in flight. Etihad offers code share agreements with both Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia, which offer daily departures from New Zealand to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth.
Etihad fly the following aicraft each that have slightly different classes and we therefore are showcasing each aircraft.
Operating Daily between Sydney - Abu Dhabi and London
A truly unique and bespoke travel experience, delivered with complete discretion and limitless hospitality - The Residence by Etihad. Designed for up to two guests travelling together, it has been created by leading interior designers and hospitality experts who understand the discernment and sophistication expected by the private traveller.
The Residence is a haven of tranquillity, reflecting an exclusive lifestyle that offers the ultimate in high-end luxury. With you own Etihad Butler who is on hand to ensure all arrangements are in lace and plan both the inflight and apres-flight itinerary according to personal preferences. The Inflight Chef can prepare meals for a range of gourmet menu options or even create a guests favourite dish. The Lobby is a place for Residence, First and Business Class Passengers to relax.
The First Apartment offers a place of solace with the finest leather seats and features a wide armchair, an ottoman and even includes space to walk around in. The ottoman opens out into an 81-inch long bed.
A companion can join you for a meal or meeting in your spacious First Apartment. When travelling with a partner the divider between Apartments can be lowered to join rooms.
The First Apartments come equipped with an adjustable 24-inch flat screen TV, which can be viewed from the armchair or while relaxing in bed, together with a vanity cabinet with ample lighting and space for your personal effects, a chilled drinks cabinet and a wardrobe.
Freshen up before arrival with exclusive amenities and an energising shower in the First Class bathroom.
Fly to and from London and Abu Dhabi and onward from or to Sydney, be the first to experience the luxury of Etihad’s unique A380.
Flights from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow have been operating commercially since December 2014. We have taken the finest details of hospitality and refined luxury from around the world and created a memorable experience. For a First Class guest, every element of the journey is designed to reflect a discerning lifestyle.
The journey begins with a complimentary Etihad Chauffeur, offered at over 30 cities.
At Abu Dhabi International Airport, guests are greeted curbside by a Porter and Concierge before being escorted to a dedicated First Class check-in reception. Guests can relax in the exclusive Etihad First Class Lounge, with five-star dining, featuring the Chef’s Table. Guests can enjoy pre-flight pampering with a range of complimentary treatments in the Six Senses Spa.
Guests in Etihad’s First Class are immediately immersed in a private world of indulgence. The Inflight Chef will take orders from an a la carte menu, including the signature grill, or prepare something special using fresh ingredients from the kitchen. Enjoy wines from the world’s finest vineyards, handpicked by our sommeliers.
The ultimate on-demand entertainment and state of the art noise-cancelling headsets with over 750 hours of the latest movies, shows, music and interactive games enables guests to unwind in quiet comfort.
The Etihad Wi-Fly connectivity provides in-flight phone and internet access.
The Lobby is a place for Residence, First and Business Class Passengers to relax.
Business Class with Etihad is not business as usual. The luxury, comfort and service we offer in business equates to that of first class on other airlines.
The Business Studios on our A380 and B787 Dreamliner’s are the embodiment of style, simplicity and functionality.
The modern design and thoughtful features create a sense of space and freedom, with direct aisle access, convenient storage spaces and mood lighting. The seat converts into a comfortable fully-flat bed of up to 80.5-inches. Relax on all ultra-long-haul flights on special mattresses for bedtime comfort in complimentary loungewear.
A large personal 18-inch touch screen TV with noise-cancelling headsets delivers over 750 hours of the latest blockbusters, timeless classics and interactive games.
With a special pneumatic comfort system to adjust the firmness of the seat, in-seat massage and lighting, all at the touch of a button, guests can customise the perfect environment for every stage of the journey. Fly to and from London and Abu Dhabi and onward from or to Sydney, be the first to experience the luxury of Etihad’s unique A380. Also Available aboard Etihad’s Boeing 787-Dreamliner operating to and from Abu Dhabi and Brisbane. Flights from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow have been operating commercially since December 2014.
Etihad’s world-renowned guest experience begins well before departure and lasts until long after arrival. Our complimentary door-to-door Etihad Chauffeur service is available in over 30 cities globally. At Etihad Terminal 3 in Abu Dhabi International Airport, Guests pass through a dedicated premium check-in facility and into the luxury of our exclusive Business Class Lounge. Enjoy all-day dining from an extensive international buffet or unwind with a treatment in the Six Senses Spa. Stay connected with our business facilities and complimentary wireless internet.
Guests can also enjoy the well-appointed interiors and warm service of our exclusive Etihad Lounges in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Dublin, Manchester, Sydney and Washington DC. In Abu Dhabi, experience the convenience of our Arrivals Lounge. Created exclusively with comfort in mind, our Arrivals Lounge gives you the chance to freshen up after your flight, take a shower while we steam your clothes back to perfection, or take advantage of our wet-shave facility. Enjoy an array of sweet and savoury snacks and canapés inspired by flavours from around the world.
Our Food & Beverage Managers, recruited from the finest restaurants globally, will guide you through our extensive menu options and recommend the perfect accompaniment for your meal from a boutique wine list. Stay entertained with over 750 hours of on-demand entertainment with the latest blockbusters, timeless classics and the best in interactive games along with noise-cancelling headsets. A range of connection ports at your fingertips help you stay connected.
Our Economy Smart Seat available on Etihad A380 and B787 Dreamliner services is the ultimate in clever design, with a unique "fixed wing" headrest that will make the journey even more comfortable. The ergonomically designed seat also has adjustable lumbar support.
The seat has a convenient entertainment and connectivity hub with all the accessories within easy reach from the seat-back.
The mood lighting system helps provide a relaxed ambience throughout the flight. Subtle changes are designed to stimulate calm, sleep and finally revitalization so you arrive at your destination feeling rested and refreshed.
Stay entertained with more than 750 hours of on-demand entertainment on your personal 11-inch touch-screen TV, along with our special noise-reduction headsets. Remain connected with mobile and internet access.
Etihad's Economy Class has special touches that make all the difference.
Enjoy convenience from the start of your journey with our check-in facilities at the Etihad Travel Mall in Dubai, and complimentary Etihad Coach services to and from Abu Dhabi International Airport in the UAE.
We take pride in our catering selections, with menus that include a four-course meal, choice of three main courses and even a cafe service with cappuccinos and hot chocolate.
The First Apartment aboard Etihad's Boeing 787-900 Aircraft offers a place in the sky of refinement and exceptional service.
For those travel alone the First Apartments run down each side of the cabin, whilst the First Apartments in the centre of the cabin have a screen that lowers to enable you to converse.
The Business Class Studio offers a new level of comfort for Business Travellers, we lay flat beds and a backwards / forwards seating creates an air of spaciousness in the Cabin.
The Economy Cabin aboard Etihad's Boeing 787-900 offer their new Smart Seat with a fixed Wing headrest for additional comfort, with touch screen monitors to watch your favourite films