Just to update this post: The Etihad First lounge at Abu Dhabi has been closed now for around a year.
Cynthia Gikonyo from Etihad’s customer relations department has confirmed to me today in an email, that there is no immediate plans to re-open the First Class lounge, and the lounge is unlikely to open before the middle to late 2016 at the earliest.
Etihad claims to be the “national” airline of the UAE, and Abu Dhabi airport is their base. Very unimpressive way to treat their passengers who are paying for first class tickets.
Cynthia Gikonyo says Etihad listens very carefully to passenger comment, clearly not, because the website still indicates that a first class lounge is available.