Abu Dhabi airport to launch sleeping pods

Abu Dhabi Airports Company on Sunday announced an exclusive ‘world first’ with the introduction of ‘GoSleep’ sleeping pods at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
The ‘GoSleep’ is a state-of-the-art chair that converts into a private flat bed. Ten sleeping pods have been installed in Terminal 3 and the Al Dhabi Lounge in Terminal 1 at AUH, with a further 35 units on order for later installation.

The Finnish designed sleeping pods are easy to operate and feature a partial or fully enclosed sliding shade that isolates the occupant from noise, light and crowds. After an initial launch phase, the chairs will be upgraded to include Internet access, secure storage for luggage and other valuables, and will allow customers to charge laptops, mobile telephones, and other electronic devices. Passengers will be able to use the chairs at a rate of Dh 45/hour using a credit card.

Commenting on this initiative, Mohammed Al Bulooki, Chief Commercial Officer of ADAC, said: “Abu Dhabi Airports Company continually strives to enhance the experience of passengers travelling to, from or via Abu Dhabi International Airport. The introduction of ‘GoSleep’ sleeping pods is 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.”

“In 2012 Abu Dhabi Airports Company was awarded the Skytrax 4* rating, becoming the first and only airport in the Middle East to have achieved this, and just last month, the Capital’s airport was named ‘the Best Airport in the Middle East’ by Airport Council International (ACI). ADAC will continue to implement new initiatives, combining great design with technological advances, to ensure that our passengers experience world class levels of service and comfort whilst visiting the Capital’s gateway to the world,” he added.

Passengers interested in using the new chairs can pay per hour using a credit card. The airport has plans to further increase the number of pods throughout the airport terminals in the coming months.

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