Update: Australian Business Traveller has recently reviewed this lounge – read our full review here.
Following extensive renovations to the Al Reem lounge in Abu Dhabi International Airport, Virgin Australia Velocity members are now welcome to return.
Spanning three storeys of Terminal 1 and open 24/7, the new lounge gives business travellers free Wi-Fi and is filled with AC and USB power ports for recharging devices on the go.
A number of laptops can also be loaned during your stay, while there’s draught beer on tap and a variety of Arabian, Asian and Continental dishes at the buffet.
“In addition to Al Reem, we have plans to give (the) Al Dhabi and Al Ghazal (lounges) a facelift” said Song Hoi-see, CEO of the lounge operator Plaza Premium.
The 418 square metre lounge aims to provide a ‘home away from home’, with its ambience conducive to a productive Middle Eastern transit or something a little more relaxing.
The signature Plaza Premium Lounge chandelier also makes an appearance, standing at around 8 times the normal size.
A fully-serviced shower room with amenities is on hand to refresh between flights, while TVs and an extensive selection of international newspapers and magazines are also available to while away the time.
The Al Reem lounge is open to Virgin Australia Velocity Gold and Etihad Guest Gold members flying in economy with either airline, plus Priority Pass members travelling with any airline.
Access can also be purchased at the door, with a two hour visit setting travellers back around A$46, while a five hour stopover costs roughly A$77.
Virgin Australia Velocity Platinum and Etihad Guest Gold Elite flyers plus first class passengers continue to have access to Etihad's Diamond First Class lounge, while business class travellers with either airline can use Etihad's Pearl Business Lounge.
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