Situated within 8 flying hours of two-thirds of the world’s population, Abu Dhabi is perfectly geographically located to welcome athletes, teams, delegates and spectators from all over the world. There are three major international airports located within 80 minutes drive of the event venue.
Abu Dhabi International Airport
Award-winning Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) is a base for over 30 airlines currently flying to and from more than 100 destinations, in over 50 countries around the world.
AUH also the home to Etihad Airways - the national airline of the UAE.
Abu Dhabi International Airport is just a 7 minute drive from Etihad Arena.
Dubai International Airport
Dubai International airport, together with and Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central, offer over 7,000 direct flights operated by 125 airlines each week from 260 destinations, giving you a wide range of options to choose from when flying to Dubai.
Etihad Arena is easily accessible from Dubai International Airport (approx 1 hour 15 minute by car).
Dubai World Central
Dubai World Central Airport opened the doors to its 5-7 million capacity passenger terminal passengers in 2013.
Upon completion, DWC will become the world’s largest airport with an capacity of more than 160 million passengers and 12 million tonnes of cargo per annum.
Etihad Arena is easily accessible from Dubai World Central Airport (approx 45 minutes by car).
Getting a Visa
Athletes and federations travelling to Abu Dhabi to compete in the FINA World Swimming Championship (25m) can apply for a Special Entry Permit. Please click here for more information.
For fans and spectators travelling to Abu Dhabi to watch the FINA World Swimming Championship (25m), citizens of over 50 selected countries can get a free-of-charge entry visa upon arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), including GCC citizens.
Citizens of all other countries will need to apply for a Tourist, Transit or Visit Visa prior to their trip.