Etihad Airways has launched a '48 Hour Challenge' to transit travellers and UAE residents to experience a host of ‘once in a lifetime’ activities throughout the emirate in just two days. Passengers flying from Edinburgh, London Gatwick, London Heathrow and Manchester can choose to explore Abu Dhabi's many highlights through a series of exciting stopover programmes before connecting on to over 100 global destinations across the Gulf region, Asia, Australia and Africa with Etihad Airways and their partner airlines.

To launch the campaign, Etihad Airways recently challenged Ricky Wilson, singer-songwriter, TV personality and frontman of British indie rock band Kaiser Chiefs, to spend 48 hours exploring the best Abu Dhabi has to offer, click here to see how he got on. Etihad Airways is offering 500 great prizes ranging from 24-carat gold spa treatments to desert safari trips to members of the public who take up the ‘48 Hour Challenge’ and post their experiences on Instagram using the hashtag #EtihadChallenge.

Abu Dhabi is a cosmopolitan, dynamic and thrilling destination packed with opportunities for all visitors, whether they are looking for adventure, culture, or a relaxing beach break. The world-famous leisure and business attractions include miles of beautiful white sand beaches, theme parks such as Yas Waterworld, unforgettable desert safari expeditions, arts and cultural institutions such as Manarat Al Saadiyat and coming soon the Louvre museum, exquisite dining, world-class golf and the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and Yas Marina Circuit.

Choose from a range of Etihad Airways Stopover packages:

  • Abu Dhabi Stopover: Enjoy the first night at a great rate and the second night free at 60 participating hotels plus 2-for-1 activities at a range of attractions.
  • Abu Dhabi Premium Stopover: Recharge your batteries with a premium stopover in the capital. Enjoy one complimentary otel night when flying Business Class, two complimentary hotel nights when flying First Class and two complimentary nights at the luxurious Emirates Palace Hotel when flying in The Residence on the airline’s flagship Airbus A380.
  • Abu Dhabi Transit Stopover: Is your transit time between 6-12 hours? Then leave the airport and enjoy one round of golf including club rental for only 40USD and access to the pool at Yas Links Golf Course for only 40USD.
  • Abu Dhabi Islamic City Stopover: Are you travelling for Hajj or Umrah? Enjoy a special Islamic City Stopover package rate, a dedicated guest guides for educational city tours and safaris, plus choose from a selection of dry hotels.

For more stopover information click here or to book your stopover please contact your Traveleads teams on 0113 245 7745 or 0131 718 4000.