Mi­cro-ho­tels for weary trav­ellers

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The next time you trans­fer through Abu Dhabi In­ter­na­tional Air­port, don’t be sur­prised to find a bizarre col­lec­tion of fu­tur­is­tic “sleep­ing pods” lined up like eggs in a crate.

Ten of the $12.25-per-hour pods now re­side in Ter­mi­nal 3, along with 10 more in the Al Dhabi Lounge at Ter­mi­nal 1.

In­side each cap­sule, trav­el­ers with a pen­chant for nap­ping right in the mid­dle of the ter­mi­nal can find a fully en­closed chair, which con­verts into a pri­vate flat bed, along with slid­ing shades that cut out air­port noise, light and crowds.

Three-dozen more “GoSleep” pods are to be fit­ted across the air­port later this year, and, once in­stalled, all will be up­graded with In­ter­net ac­cess, stor­age space for lug­gage and valu­ables, and a power source for lap­tops, mo­bile phones and other elec­tronic de­vices.

“We find the rates a lit­tle ex­pen­sive, but if you’re in need of a cou­ple of hours of much-needed sleep or just want to es­cape from the noise and hus­tle and bus­tle, it will def­i­nitely be cheaper than a ho­tel room in this pricey city,” Amy To­kic of the blog Sleep­ing in Air­ports noted.

Abu Dhabi Air­ports Com­pany, or ADAC, called the Fin­nish-de­signed sleep­ing pods an ex­clu­sive “world first.”

“ADAC 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,” ADAC CCO Mo­hammed Al Bu­looki said. “The in­stall­ment of th­ese in­no­va­tive new con­vert­ible chairs high­lights ADAC’s com­mit­ment to us­ing the lat­est tech­nolo­gies to im­prove air­port fa­cil­i­ties, en­sur­ing that pas­sen­gers have the best ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Sky­trax re­cently awarded Abu Dhabi In­ter­na­tional with a four-star rat­ing, a first for the re­gion, while Air­port Coun­cil In­ter­na­tional named Abu Dhabi the “Best Air­port in the Mid­dle East” last month.

Yet, the UAE hub is not the only air­port toy­ing with novel ways to please weary trav­el­ers bur­dened by ag­o­niz­ing lay­overs.

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