Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi to Male

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Introduction: Maldives an Ocean Paradise
Etihad First Class Lounge JKF Airport
Etihad First Class Apartments New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) A380
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
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Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Male (MLE)

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My wife and I arrived at the airpot bright and early for our 9am Etihad flight to the Maldives.  Service was very impressive even pulling up to the arrivals area.  We were dropped off at the Business Class section of arrivals and an Etihad rep met us at our cab and confirmed we were business class passengers. He grabbed our bags and escorted us inside to the business class checkin area.

We were checked in with no problems and then given instructions to the business class lounge. Shortly after getting through security I noticed the Etihad First Class Lounge and asked the checkin agent if we could use the First Class Lounge as we were connecting from a first class ticket.  She was having difficulty on her computer and advised I could give her our boarding passes from yesterday’s first class flight.  She admitted that would be helpful and shortly after we were admitted.

 

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Etihad Airways First Class Lounge floral arrangement

Once inside we decided to grab some breakfast.  They have a formal eating area where they have some great waitstaff to assist passengers.  Our server was wonderful.  A pleasant gentleman that was very helpful and also loved relating to our baby as he had a little girl at home. Continue reading

Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi

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Introduction: Maldives an Ocean Paradise
Etihad First Class Lounge JKF Airport
Etihad First Class Apartments New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) A380
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Male (MLE)
Conrad Maldives Arrival Lounge and Maldivian Seaplane
Conrad Maldives
Around Rangali Island
Maldivian Sea Plane
Leeli Lounge Male Airport
Emirates Business Class Male (MLE) to Dubai (DXB) B777
Conrad Dubai
Around Dubai
Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai
Emirates First Class Dubai (DXB) to Dallas (DFW) B777
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Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi

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Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque

For our limited time in Abu Dhabi I made it a priority to see the Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque. This is the biggest tourist destination in Abu Dhabi by far and also the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates. After a long nap in our hotel room my wife decided she wanted to stay in bed and stay in the air conditioning with our baby. I decided to get ready and grab a cab to the Mosque.

I arrived at the Mosque at dusk and was amazed how pristine it looked. The structure looks brand new!  It was very hot at around 6pm! It was around 90 degrees hot!  I marveled at the structure and decide to take a few photos.

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Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque

I found the entrance to visitors of the mosque and there was a very short line to enter.  The men went into one line and woman into another. Both lines were subject to metal detector security checks.  My camera and tripod also had to go through a security scanner as well.  There was no admission charge to enter the mosque. Continue reading

Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi Review

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Introduction: Maldives an Ocean Paradise
Etihad First Class Lounge JKF Airport
Etihad First Class Apartments New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) A380
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Male (MLE)
Conrad Maldives Arrival Lounge and Maldivian Seaplane
Conrad Maldives
Around Rangali Island
Maldivian Sea Plane
Leeli Lounge Male Airport
Emirates Business Class Male (MLE) to Dubai (DXB) B777
Conrad Dubai
Around Dubai
Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai
Emirates First Class Dubai (DXB) to Dallas (DFW) B777
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Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

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Hyatt Capital Gate checkin

We arrived by taxi and were welcomed by the bellmen.  We were assisted with our luggage and brought up to the lobby level.

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Hyatt Capital Gate lobby

The lobby was very grandiose and pretty for a Hyatt.  I didnt have grand expectations but the opening impression of the hotel was very nice. You could tell everything was new, clean and in immaculate condition.

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Hyatt Capital Gate lobby seating

There was plenty of lobby seating and some tables with refreshments. There were three front desk agents and all three were busy assisting people when we arrived. Another agent cam out of the back room and asked they we have a seat and offered a refreshment while we waited. A short 2-3 minutes later the agent came back to check us in.  He was from Japan and noticed we had previously stayed at the Andaz Tokyo and was excited we had visited his home country.

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Hyatt Capital Gate lobby

After checkin we were on our way to our room.  Upon entering the room we noticed the strong smell of smoke.  I called down to the front desk even before our bags arrived to tell them of the issue and to see if we could be moved.

Below are a few pics of the first room:

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Hyatt Capital Gate room

Our second room was much nicer. It had no foul odor and was slightly large while at the same time having a slightly lesser view.

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Hyatt Capital Gate

The bed was big and comfy. They also brought in a complimentary crib for our baby shortly after arriving.

The complimentary wifi was nice and plenty fast for our casual web browsing and email checking.

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Hyatt Capital Gate room keys

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The floor plan

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Hyatt Capital Gate bathroom

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Hyatt Capital Gate bathroom

There was a large tub and a nice shower with waterfall shower head.

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Hyatt Capital Gate bathroom

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Hyatt Capital Gate bathroom

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Hyatt Capital Gate bathroom

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Hyatt Capital Gate room closet

My wife was starving and instead of going back out in the heat and trying to find somewhere to eat with the baby it was more convienent for us to simply order room service.

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Hyatt Capital Gate room service

I think I ordered a steak sandwich and a pizza to share and my wife had some pesto pasta with a side of fries.   We also tried some dessert which we forgot the name of which was different but good. I think our total for the meal was around $75.

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Pesto pasta

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Dessert

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Pizza

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Steak sandwich

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Room entrance

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The hallways at the Hyatt Capital Gate

ROOM WALKTHROUGH BELOW:

 

Overall this was a very comfortable stay.  We would have no problem returning here in the future.  We arrived around 1pm and departed around 6:30am the following day so we didn’t have a lot of time to experience everything. In our limited time however the hotel was perfect for our short stay.

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I ended redeeming my annual category 4 Hyatt free night certificate that comes with me holding the credit card.

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Email confirmation showing FREE NIGHT PROMOTION

The cash price for our one night stay would have been $109 plus tax/per night.

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Cash price for our night
Let me know if any questions or comments!

 


 

 

Etihad First Class Apartments New York to Abu Dhabi A380

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Introduction: Maldives an Ocean Paradise
Etihad First Class Lounge JKF Airport
Etihad First Class Apartments New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) A380
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Male (MLE)
Conrad Maldives Arrival Lounge and Maldivian Seaplane
Conrad Maldives
Around Rangali Island
Maldivian Sea Plane
Leeli Lounge Male Airport
Emirates Business Class Male (MLE) to Dubai (DXB) B777
Conrad Dubai
Around Dubai
Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai
Emirates First Class Dubai (DXB) to Dallas (DFW) B777
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Etihad First Class Apartments New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) A380

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My wife and I were excited to board and see what Etihad had in store for us. We boarded through the upper deck jet bridge where the first class cabin is on Etihad’s A380 plane.

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Our A380 awaits

We were greeted by a flight attendant upon entrance and directed to turn left and that our apartments were on the right side of the isle.

I think by my wife’s facial reaction that she was quite impressed!  I don’t think showing her photos of the cabin before hand fully prepared her for how nice this cabin was.

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Look close at my wife’s face to see her reaction to her Etihad Apartment

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Upon entrance into the first class cabin you get to see just how elegant it is. My wife was in 3K and I was in 4K which are adjoining seats, one in front of the other. I think my wife knows my dislike of flying facing backwards so she took 3k and got settled in with the baby.  We both had our carryons and backpacks and they were all fairly full. Our primary flight attendant AKA butler helped us fit our bags in the storage area.  One of my wife’s bags was slightly to big so our butler helped stow it away in a crew cabin.

Upon entering my apartment I was Continue reading