Abu Dhabi Airports (ADAC) has introduced GoSleep sleeping pods at Abu Dhabi International Airport in the UAE.
The new Finnish-designed sleeping pods are chairs that can be converted into flat beds.
The pods feature a partial or fully enclosed sliding shade to allow passengers to sleep in a private and secure environment, in isolation from noise and light.
Initially, ADAC has installed ten pods in Terminal 3 and in the Al Dhabi Lounge in Terminal 1 at the airport, with an additional 35 on order for installation throughout the airport terminals during late 2013.
Passengers can use the chairs by paying a rate of AED 45($12.24) per hour through their credit card.
ADAC will upgrade the chairs to incorporate internet access, offer secure storage for luggage and other valuables, and enable passengers to charge their laptops, mobile phones and other electronic devices.
ADAC chief commercial officer Mohammed Al Bulooki said that the move is part of a plan to improve the passenger experience when travelling to, from or via Abu Dhabi International Airport.
"The introduction of GoSleep sleeping pods is another step towards exceeding customers’ expectations and delivering world-class levels of service," Bulooki said.
Currently, the airport is executing work on its Midfield Terminal Complex, which is 700,000m² terminal building claimed to be one of the major strategic infrastructure projects to be undertaken in the UAE capital.
Upon the commencement of operations, Midfield Terminal Complex will be, initially, capable of handling 27 million passengers per year.
Image: ADAC is planning to increase the number of sleeping pods deployed at Abu Dhabi International Airport terminals throughout late 2013. Photo: courtesy of Abu Dhabi Airports Company.