Abu Dhabi’s longest weekend — to prepare for

Written by By Amy Marturana, CNN

If you’re heading to Abu Dhabi this weekend, just make sure your flight is on time.

The UAE capital is about to go a bit Hollywood and will, as per the weekend from February 10-13, suspend operations from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. over the next week.

“The airline has decided to cease flights to and from Abu Dhabi airport on a Sunday, in order to align operations with international standards,” Abu Dhabi Airports (ADAC) said in a statement.

The popular weekend getaway was partly inspired by Hollywood — specifically, the trend toward longer working hours that has swept the globe.

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Over the coming week, Abu Dhabi flights will also go through stricter security checks. Each passenger will undergo a security screening upon arrival at the airport before proceeding to the boarding gate.

“Passengers will be required to provide screening information prior to boarding,” ADAC says. “The new security measures will be in place for an initial period of 14 days. During this period, the department plans to regularly evaluate the safety and security of these measures.”

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