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The Travelocity Roaming Gnome Explores the Middle East in Abu Dhabi

Nov 14, 2011

SOUTHLAKE, Texas (November 14, 2011) – Travelocity's Roaming Gnome® has teamed up with Etihad Airways to visit the capital and second largest city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Abu Dhabi. Similar to nearby Dubai, Abu Dhabi is a popular tourist destination for its attractions, events, dining and hotels. The Roaming Gnome will be visiting for the third annual Formula1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on Yas Island.

The Roaming Gnome departed JFK Airport in New York Thursday, November 10, enjoyed some time with his friends aboard Etihad Airways Flight 100, then put on his favorite eye mask and woke up to the pristine Persian Gulf Friday, November 11 to delight in all Abu Dhabi has to offer. Other than cheering from the sidelines at the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race, the Roaming Gnome stayed at the luxurious Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Hotel, ate fine cuisine and saw fellow British-celebrity Paul McCartney perform.

Fans can follow the Roaming Gnome's vacation as he shares photos on his Facebook page and his Twitter feed.

Note to Editors:  The full list of activities scheduled on the Roaming Gnome's itinerary is below. 

THURSDAY, November 10
Departs from JFK airport on Etihad Airways

FRIDAY, November 11
Arrival in Abu Dhabi 
Check-in at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Hotel

SATURDAY, November 12
Tour of Jumeirah Hotel
Lunch at Shangri-La Hotel
Dinner at Emirates Palace

SUNDAY, November 13
Formula1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Race
Paul McCartney Concert

MONDAY, November 14

TUESDAY, November 15
Return to Abu Dhabi Airport

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About Etihad Airways

In seven years, Etihad Airways has established itself as the world's leading and fastest growing airline in the history of commercial aviation. Etihad airways was set-up by Royal (Amiri) Decree in July 2003, and commenced commercial operations in November 2003. The airline's main business is international air transportation. Etihad Airways also operates Etihad Holidays, Etihad Crystal Cargo and a global contact center organization as a part of their commercial group. As of October 2010, Etihad's Airways' 56 aircrafts operated close to 1,000 flights per week – serving 66 destinations and 43 countries. With 8,000 staff representing over 120 nationalities from around the world, the airline is committed to reflecting the best of Arabian hospitality.