Al Bateen Executive Airport

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Al Bateen Executive Airport
Abu Dhabi
Al Bateen Airport logo.svg
Airport typePublic
OperatorAbu Dhabi Airports Company
ServesAbu Dhabi
Hub forGulf Aviation(from 1969 to 1974) Gulf Air(from 1974 to 1982)
Focus city forBritish Airways, Singapore Airlines
Time zoneUAE Standard Time (UTC+04:00)
Elevation AMSL16 ft / 5 m
Coordinates24°25′42″N 54°27′29″E / 24.42833°N 54.45806°E / 24.42833; 54.45806Coordinates: 24°25′42″N 54°27′29″E / 24.42833°N 54.45806°E / 24.42833; 54.45806
OMAD is located in United Arab Emirates
Location in the UAE
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13/31 2,200 7,218 Asphalt
Sources: UAE AIP[1]

Al Bateen Executive Airport (IATA: AZI, ICAO: OMAD) is a dedicated business jet airport located 6.5 nautical miles (12.0 km; 7.5 mi) south east of Abu Dhabi city centre in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.[1] The airport is on the Abu Dhabi island. Other tenants include aviation assets of the UAE government. It opened in 1969 as Abu Dhabi International Airport to replace the older airport.



By the late 1960s, Abu Dhabi Airfield had grown too small for the city. The idea for a massive new airport was conceived. In 1969, the new Abu Dhabi International Airport was inaugurated. It was later renamed Al Bateen Executive Airport.

In the 1980s a new airport was built; this was located on the mainland and this enabled the new airport to expand.

Historical airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air India Bombay
B.O.A.C. London–Heathrow
British Airways London–Heathrow
EgyptAir Cairo
Ethiopian Airlines Sana'a
Gulf Air Bahrain,
Gulf Aviation Bahrain
Iran Air Shiraz
Kuwait Airways Kuwait
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Middle East Airlines Beirut
Pakistan International Airlines Gwadar, Karachi, Lahore,
Royal Jordanian Amman-Civil
Somali Airlines Mogadishu
Syrian Air Damascus
Tunisair Damascus
Yemenia Sana'a
Sudan airways Khartoum


Airline Destinations
German Cargo Frankfurt
PIA Cargo Damascus, Istanbul–Atatürk

Government use[edit]

Al Bateen's tenants include a UAE Naval Aviation helicopter squadron and the Abu Dhabi Police Department air wing.

Passenger airlines and destinations[edit]

Rotana Jet operates private jet services from the airport, having moved all scheduled commercial operations to Abu Dhabi International Airport Terminal 2 in October 2014.[2]

Solar Impulse 2, a Swiss experimental solar powered aircraft, was given its final touches here in 2015. It used the airport as the starting point for its Around the World circumnavigation attempt. The aircraft took off on 9 March 2015 and flew to nearby Oman and then onwards to India. It was also used as the landing site for the final leg from Cairo to Abu Dhabi, landing July 25, 2016.


  1. United Arab Emirates AIP Archived December 30, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. (login required)
  2. Al Bateen Executive Airport records a 26% increase in visiting aircraft movements for the first 4 months of 2012 Archived August 11, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. Rotana jet moves to Abu Dhabi airport