Up Close With Abu Dhabi Airport’s Futuristic Sleeping Pods
Sleeping pods will likely become more common as airports try and compete to become better layover options. This one from Abu Dhabi Airport is a good start, though pickup is tiny so far.
Even as airport hotels continue modernizing at major hubs around the world, mini-hotels and sleeping pods are making inroads inside airports terminals as well. Yotel has outlets at Heathrow, Gatwick, and Schiphol, Delhi Airport has one, too, and they’re all akin to Japan’s efficient capsule hotels.
Recently Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) launched an egg shaped sleeping pod — Finnish-designed, of course – called GoSleep, and the service is now in its fourth month of operation. I was passing through AUH last night, and managed to sneak in for a closer look.
GoSleep has 10 sleeping pods right by gate 31 at Terminal 3. According to the employees I spoke to at the airport they’ve yet to see much use. Regardless, the airport plans to expand these to 35 pods. After the initial launch phase, they will have Internet access built in, which seems like an overkill considering AUH already has free Wi-Fi throughout.
Though I did not actually buy the service for the hour as my connecting time was short, I managed to sneak in up close and took enough photos to get a better sense of these. Those are above, and below, a generic video of the pods fully decked out.