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Abu Dhabi unveils new sleep pods for weary travellers

Trendsetting Abu Dhabi International Airport has unveiled another new initiative – the world’s first ‘GoSleep’ sleeping pods.

Located in Terminal 3 and the Al Dhabi Lounge in Terminal 1, the pods are effectively chairs than convert into flat beds.

Airport operator, Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), has initially installed 10 pods, and plans to introduce 35 more before the end of the year.

ADAC’s chief commercial officer, Mohammed Al Bulooki, enthuses: “We continually strive to enhance the experience of passengers travelling to, from or via Abu Dhabi International Airport and view the introduction of ‘GoSleep’ sleeping pods as another step towards exceeding customers expectations and delivering world-class levels of service.

“Abu Dhabi Airports Company is proud that it is the first airport in the world to have secured an agreement to install the very latest passenger experience that embraces the latest technology.”

The stylish, Finnish designed sleeping pods are easy-to-operate and feature a partial or fully enclosed sliding shade that isolates the customer from noise, light and crowds. 

After an initial launch phase, the chairs will be upgraded to include Internet access, will include secure storage for luggage and other valuables, and will allow customers to charge their laptops, mobile telephones, and other electronic devices. 

Passengers will be able to use the chairs at a rate of AED45/hour using a credit card.

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