Abu Dhabi Airport debuts futuristic sleeping pods

Abu Dhabi Airport debuts futuristic sleeping pods

GoSleep pods convert to beds and will store luggage and charge phones
Abating the pain of layovers, noisy kids, early check-ins and delays.

Call it the next iteration of the capsule hotel. 

Abu Dhabi International Airport -- dubbed the best airport in the Middle East by Airport Council International (ACI) in April -- introduced the world’s first GoSleep sleeping pods this week.

For 45 dirhams ($12.25) an hour, sleep-deprived travelers can curl up in their own Finnish-designed cocoon.

The futuristic-looking chairs can convert into a bed and shut out the rest of the world with a sliding shade. 

While there are certainly more fashionable pod designs out there, these are pretty cool for an airport. 

Currently two pods have been installed in the Al Dhabi Lounge in Terminal 1 while eight have been set up at a Terminal 3 boarding gate, with 35 more pods on order. All pods are currently free for passengers as they are in the soft launch phase. 

"We've tested them before and the feedback was very good," an airport representative told CNN. "We'll be collecting more feedback this week since we only began operating them today." 

The technology-obsessed airport is already thinking about the next upgrade for the pods: the chairs will soon be equipped with Internet, luggage storage and outlets for charging electronic devices.

May we also suggest a massage function? 

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Frances Cha is a Digital Producer at CNN Travel. 


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