Like many other events, Expo 2020 Dubai was postponed due to Covid-19 and the ensuing pandemic, but the highly anticipated event is finally here. Kicking off on October 1 and running until March 31 next year, curious travelers will be visiting the UAE’s capital to experience what innovators from all around the world have drummed up. Spread across 483 hectares, the site will have about 190 country-specific pavilions; more than 60 daily shows; 200-plus restaurants highlighting cuisines from just about every corner of the planet; and themed weeks that dive into topics like climate change and biodiversity, urban and rural development, space, and inclusivity. And if you have yet to book your trip but plan on doing so soon, Etihad Airways is giving away free tickets.
From now until the end of March, passengers flying into or via Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways will receive complimentary entry to the world expo. While the event takes place in Dubai, the city is just a short 45-minute drive away and perfect for those who want to explore different destinations while in the UAE. And if you’re just passing by, the airline makes it easy with their free one- or two-night stopover program, hotel included.
Etihad Airways is frequently lauded for its superb service and onboard products. And where it truly excels its is premium offerings. For long-haul flights in business class, you’re treated with lie-flat seats that have an adjustable headrest, back support, and cushion firmness functions. An extensive menu of à la carte items can be ordered at any time and if you forgot to bring a toothbrush or accidentally left your eye mask at home, Acqua di Parma dopp kits will have all of the amenities you need. You’ll of course also have access to their business class lounges at Abu Dhabi International Airport, where you can grab a bite or freshen up with a shower.
But if you’re really looking to be spoiled, their top-notch first class product will do just the trick. With the significant upgrade your seat will feel like a private suite with its own sliding door that closes you off from the rest of the plane. In addition to extra space you also get a more decadent menu, a larger selection of wines to choose from, and complimentary onboard Wi-Fi. There’s also a dedicated first class lounge complete with a bar, fitness room, showers, and VIP quarters that can be booked at an additional cost should you want to unwind in your own space away from the crowds. And if you’re flying either first or business class, make sure to take advantage of Etihad’s free chauffeur service to and from Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Flying during these times can be tough, but Etihad Airways takes all of the right precautions to ensure everyone’s safety. The airline was the first to fully vaccinate all of its onboard crew and requires all of their passengers to show a negative PCR test before boarding. Plus, for travel up to March 31, 2022, included with very ticket is complimentary Covid-19 insurance, which will cover any medical or quarantine expenses up to 31 days from the date of your flight. If reassurance is what you need to get on a plane, Etihad is doing everything in their power to give it to you.