Curl Up in a Sleep Pod at the Abu Dhabi Airport

Want to sleep in a cocoon for a day? Well, you can if you just happen to be passing through Abu Dhabi.

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Want to sleep in a cocoon for a day? Well, you can if you just happen to be passing through Abu Dhabi.

On Sunday, the international airport in United Arab Emirates capital city unveiled a much-needed amenity for jetlagged road warriors: cocoon-shaped GoSleep pods for transiting customers who need a quick place to get a little shut-eye before their next flight. The Finnish-designed pods cost about $12.25 per hour to use, according to NBC News.

They aren’t your average capsule or transit hotel, though — they are built with a sliding “shade” that customers can use to get away from noise, light, and most importantly, the crowds.

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The airport also eventually plans to upgrade the chairs to include Internet access and allow customers to charge their devices and secure their luggage.

Ten of the sleeping pods have already been installed at Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 of the airport; Abu Dhabi plans to install at least 35 more by the end of the year.

Mohammed Al Bulooki, a representative for Abu Dhabi Airports Company said in a statement that, “The introduction of ‘GoSleep’ sleeping pods is another step towards exceeding customers’ expectations and delivering world-class levels of service.”

Other airports, like Singapore’s Changi airport, tend to offer more traditional transit hotels for short blocks of time. Though not common in airports, pod hotels can be found in parts of the world like Tokyo, Bangkok and New York.

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Not surprisingly, Abu Dhabi is ranked as a 4-star airport by Skytrax, one of the world’s largest airline and airport ranking sites. U.S. airports commonly rank behind their European and Asian counterparts.

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