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Etihad launches Essential Stopover scheme
Passengers flying to Abu Dhabi with Etihad will be offered a night's free accommodation.
Published on: 09 March 2012
Etihad launches Essential Stopover scheme

Passengers who are planning a trip to Dubai may be tempted to make a stopover in Abu Dhabi following the launch of a new scheme from Etihad Airways, which is the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates.

The airline - which launched its commercial operations in November 2003 - is set to offer one night's free accommodation for those people who are stopping over in the state for a minimum of two nights before December 1st 2012.

Redeemable in 25 hotels ranging from three to five stars, the Essential Stopovers scheme also allows travellers to purchase further nights in four and five star resorts for rates from US$59 (£38) per person based on twin occupancy.

Peter Baumgartner, chief commercial officer at Etihad Airways, said: "We are delighted to invite people from all over the world to experience Abu Dhabi for themselves.

"The capital city of the United Arab Emirates has so much to offer both business and leisure travellers."

Passengers taking advantage of the offer could find themselves enjoying two-for-one deals at Ferrari World, Saadiyat Golf Club, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Yas Links and Monte Carlo Beach Club.

The programme is available to all Etihad Airways customers, as well as individuals travelling on the airline's marketed flights, but all those taking part must have an onward booking beyond Abu Dhabi.

Mr Baumgartner went on to say the deals are intended to encourage members of the public to explore the emirate in any way they see fit, which could involve a trip to the Arabian Desert, an excursion to one of the world's largest mosque and a tour of the attractions on Yas Island.

News of the programme comes after football legend Patrick Vieira - who is also the Manchester City development executive - praised more than 500 youngsters who took part in the Etihad Airways Football Community Week in London on March 8th.