Abu Dhabi International Airport to be renamed Zayed International Airport
Terminal A is set to open on November 1, 2023…
With the new airport terminal in Abu Dhabi set to open on November 1, 2023, UAE President HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued a directive to have the airport renamed.
Previously called Abu Dhabi International Airport, come February 2024, the airport will have a new name: Zayed International Airport. This, of course, is a homage to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
The new name will come into effect on February 9, 2024, after the official opening ceremony of Terminal A, popularly referred to as the Midfield Terminal.
Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi also took a tour of the airport ahead of its opening on October 31. The Crown Prince was briefed on the airport’s sustainable infrastructure, world-class facilities and services.
The airport spans 742,000 square meters and will have an annual capacity of up to 45 million passengers. It will be able to accommodate 79 aircraft at any given time.
Those who use the airport will enjoy a fuss-free travel experience. The terminal will showcase the best-in-class technologies that feel like you’re boarding a flight to the future. Super smart interconnected biometric system will have passengers breezing through the airport formalities, and a digitized journey from self-service kiosks to streamlined security checkpoints and a state-of-the-art baggage handling system will have passengers covered from airport arrival until the boarding gate. This means ample time to enjoy the facilities now found within the new terminal.
Paging Mr Hunt…
Despite only opening on November 1, Abu Dhabi’s Midfield Terminal has already been seen by millions across the globe, thanks to its starring role in Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, which landed in cinemas this summer. The terminal’s strikingly curvaceous roof, covering some 315 metres, provided the backdrop for one of the most exhilarating action scenes in the film. It saw 762 cast, crew and suppliers embark on seven days of intense filming production back in 2021, including lead protagonist, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise). Back in June 2023, the Hollywood icon arrived in Abu Dhabi on the very first flight to touchdown at the terminal.
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