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Airport of arrival: Abu Dhabi International Airport
Flight time from Istanbul to Abu Dhabi: 4 hours 30 minutes

Abu Dhabi is the capital city of UAE and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi emirate is located in the Arabian Gulf area. It is the largest of the seven emirates federation. It is known for its majestic mosques with towering minarets and also massive oil reserves. The city is famous for its luxury, as well. Big shopping malls, luxurious hotels, state-of-the-art convention centers, spas, golf courses, and theatres attract tourists.

 If you plan to visit Abu Dhabi, you can easily find cheap or affordable flight tickets to Abu Dhabi throughout the year.

There are direct and connected flights to Abu Dhabi. You can fly to/from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport directly. Also, there are connected flights from Abu Dhabi through Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport. You can book your flights in advance and follow seasonal promotions to find cheap flight tickets.    

About the Airport  

Pegasus Airlines offers frequent flights to Abu Dhabi Airport (IATA: AUH, ICAO: OMAA), which is the second largest in the UAE. The airport is located only 30,6 km away from the east of Abu Dhabi city.  

About Abu Dhabi International Airport

 Abu Dhabi Airport serves since 1982. There are 3 operational terminals in this airport. Terminal-2 was built in 2005 and Terminal-3 was opened in 2009. Consequently, the airport capacity is raised to 12 million passengers per year. Airport bus services were introduced after the Abu Dhabi bus network is established in the late 2000s and 2010s.  

Transport from Abu Dhabi International Airport to the City Center 

There are mainly two transportation options from the airport to the city center. The first one is using bus services. There are five bus routes from the Airport to the city. The most popular and efficient bus service is A1 Bus Line, which operates 24/7. It takes around 45 minutes to reach the bus station in the city center. You can take the A1 from all of the terminals.   The second alternative is more convenient and faster; you can book a taxi or consider car rental services offered by Pegasus Airlines. Pegasus allows you to make a reservation for a car on your arrival to your destination.  

Public Transport

The main city transportation is provided by Public Bus Transport. Also, you can reserve a taxi from the web site of the Transportation Center. You will need "Hafilat card" (re-loadable transport card) to use public transportation.

Corniche Street, which is close to the seaside is a very common accommodation area. Tourist club zone and downtown are also very popular amongst tourists.

You can make your hotel reservation online so that you can save time and money.

What to Eat in Abu Dhabi?

  • Shawarma: UAE’s most popular food! Shawarma is very similar to the Turkish doner and made of chicken or lamb meat.
  • Hummus: One of the most famous mezzes of the Arab cuisine, hummus is a must-try in Abu Dhabi.
  • Al Machboos: In Abu Dhabi restaurants, they make pilaf with meat with a twist. Flavored with various spices and exotic zest like dried lemon, al machboos is a filling and nutritious dish.

Where to Eat in Abu Dhabi?

  • Rashid Bin Saeed Street: Find some of the best Abu Dhabi restaurants on this street. For more good restaurants, explore the ones housed within the UAE’s famous skyscrapers.
  • Fatima bint Mubarak Street: This street in Abu Dhabi is lined with countless restaurants and cafés serving food from all over the world. You can find any type of cuisine from Turkish to European dishes.                                                         

If you are in Abu Dhabi do not miss tasting famous traditional dishes such as, "harees", "machboos", "madrooba" and "salona". For more information please check Abu Dhabi Cuisine Guide. 

Here you can find useful notes about Abu Dhabi that can help you on your trip.

About Visa

Depending on passenger nationality, there are different procedures for obtaining a visa to enter the UAE. Citizens of some countries can get a visa on their arrival.

Turkish citizens who do not have a green or diplomatic passport, should email the below listed documents/data to the visa office:

  • Scanned passport pages (2nd and 3rd pages)
  • Scanned national ID card
  • Adress of residency
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Profession
  • Your spouse name and surname if you are married


Neighboring Cities

  • Doha, Qatar (301 km)
  • Nizwa, Oman (365)
  • Bandar-Abbas, Iran (355 km)
  • Riffa, Bahrain (426 km)



Abu Dhabi is sunny almost throughout the year. The weather is very hot, and the humidity rate is high from April to September. The average temperature is above 40°C. Sandstorms that reduce visibility can occur during this period. On the other hand, it is relatively cooler, from October to March. January and February are the coolest time period of the year. November to April is the perfect time to visit Abu Dhabi, due to the above-mentioned weather conditions.  

Essential Numbers

  • Country Code: +971
  • Abu Dhabi Area Code: 2
  • Airport Contact: +971 2 505 5555
  • Emergency Line: 999

The city combines modern architecture with a traditional lifestyle. Huge malls, world-class hotels, skyscrapers with the oriental lifestyle. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Emirates Palace, Capital Gate, UAE Pavilion, and Yas Viceroy are among the most visited places in Abu Dhabi. Also, the Capital Gate building, which is the Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi, is as famous as the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It is on the Guinness World Records list.  

You can visit Abu Dhabi travel guide for more information.


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