Last month Abu Dhabi International Airport installed their first set of sleeper pods. Although they plan to charge 45 dirhams ($12.25 USD) per hour, for the current time being they are FREE! Conveniently located in Terminal 3 next to gate 31 (which just happened to be my gate), this set of 8 pods is overseen by a single employee.
In order to gain access you must first sign a waiver that basically says, among other things, ‘if you miss your flight, it’s not our fault.’
After signing the waiver pictured above “sleepers” are free to select a pod of their choice. Although it was 2am — or maybe because it was — the only open pod was one that had just been vacated by a lady from the UK who snapped this photo for me:
The pods are controlled by a tablet mounted on the inside and automatically recline when activated. Once reclined the seat can be lifted up to reveal a storage compartment for all of your bags.
Yes, to confirm your thoughts I am tweeting from this sleeping pod instead of well sleeping LOL. If the people in line for 1 had any idea…
— Derek Freal (@the_HoliDaze) June 7, 2013
Apparently these pods have been so well-received that they have already ordered another three dozen. These will soon be located in several different areas across Terminals 1 and 3.
As these sleeper pods are brand new they are still remarkably clean and in perfect condition. However one has to wonder what they will look like a year or two from now…