The Etihad lounges are accessible to guests flying in Etihad’s The Residence, First and Business Class and Etihad Guest members with eligible tier status. Guests flying in Economy who wish to enjoy the exclusive lounge space can purchase access to Etihad’s Business Lounge.
The Etihad Business Class lounge
Etihad’s impressive new lounges span three floors of Terminal A’s north side, nestled between Piers C and D. The Business Class lounge is located near gate C27 at the airside of the terminal.
The First and Business lounges feature a range of dining options, relaxation and entertainment spaces to suit all guests, including the stunning Constellation Bar at the enclosed Roof Lounge.
It was very quiet during my time of visit (7 pm) in the evening but I'd imagine the capacity is large enough to not feel crowded.
On the bottom floor (3rd floor) is a dining area called Liwan Global Dining. It serves international cuisine in an Arabic furnished setting.
The second floor (4th floor) has more seating area, with a game room and children's play area.
There is also 2 direct boarding gate from this floor at the lounge.
My favorite part of the lounge is on the top floor, there are more private seating areas and a stunning bar and buffet area. I recommend going to this floor. There is also a smoking room and cigar lounge (not pictured).
There are a total of 18 shower suites.
Here are some photos of the dinner buffet on offer. It has a mix of international dishes with a focus on Arabic and Indian food.
The Etihad First Class lounge
The new Etihad First Class lounge is next to their Business Class lounge. You can access it from gate C29 or via the Business Class lounge on the top floor.
It was literally empty during my visit around 6:30 pm as it is outside of the peak hours of Etihad. The peak times for Etihad flights are in the morning and evening.
It is much more private and features a darker decor surrounding.
Adjacent to the entrance is a seating area with a snack bar.
Walking further inside, you will find the dining area. All food is served on a la carte basis with waiter service.
Behind the dining area, is one of the nicest relax and rest areas I've seen. There are many private pods with a large sofa area in the middle.
And that's not it. There are 4 private rooms available for The Residence and VIP guests. I was told they're also available for purchase. These private rooms have ensuite showers built in as well.
Passengers flying in Etihad’s premium cabins can take advantage of the kerbside drop-off facility outside of the First and Business class exclusive check-in area at Row A and B.