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Manchester – a hot favourite with Pakistanis

A centre for the arts, media, education and commerce, Manchester is one of the most vibrant cities in the UK. Manchester is historically renowned for its industry as well as its vibrant music scene and famous football teams. There is a large student population in Manchester, which is seen by many as the ‘capital’ of the north of England. Manchester has emerged as a leading tourist destination which is why Etihad Airways, the national airline of United Arab Emirates, recently announced an increase in flights to the economic hub of the United Kingdo. People in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad can now enjoy the option of taking any one of the two daily flights from Abu Dhabi to this city.

Did you know…?

Situated in the north west of England, this is the city where:

—           the first railway station in the world was built,

—           the atom was split for the first time, and

—           the first programmable computer was conceived and brought into existence


Manchester’s shopping district is one of the most diverse shopping districts in the UK and the majority of the city centre shops are within reasonable walking distance of each other (15 minutes at most), and are also served by a metro shuttle service.

Arndale Centre, a large mall located centrally which dates back to the 1970s, has been recently refurbished. It has 280 stores in just under 2 million sq. ft. of retail space, making it the largest city centre shopping mall in Europe. This mall boasts the largest Next store in the world.

Theatres and museums

As the second-most visited city in England by tourists  — after London — Manchester houses several performing arts theatres such as the Manchester Opera House, Palace Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre and Lowry Center. It has a diverse array of museums and galleries, including the Museum of Science and Industry, Museum of Transport, Imperial War Museum North, Manchester Museum, Manchester Art Gallery, Whitworth Art Gallery and the Platt Fields Park Gallery.


Manchester is famous for being a city of sport and is famous the world over, thanks to its premier football clubs, Manchester United. Etihad Airways’ sponsored Manchester City Football Club (MCFC). Etihad Airways has been MCFC’s sponsor since May 2009. Since then, the club has enjoyed considerable success including its first FA Cup win since 1969 in the 2010-2011 season.

As of July 2011, MCFC and Etihad announced a 10-year comprehensive partnership agreement which includes naming rights for the stadium, now known as Etihad Stadium, surrounding grounds and facilities, now known as Etihad Campus, and an extension of its shirt sponsorship! Also unveiled as part of this agreement is Etihad’s freshly-painted MCFC-branded A330-200 aircraft in the Club’s signature sky blue, which is now serving destinations across Etihad’s global network of 67 destinations.

Football forms an integral part of Manchester’s sporting history and its teams enjoy a huge fan base across the world.

Etihad & Manchester

To facilitate its flyers, Etihad Airways’ premium lounge at the Manchester Airport Terminal 1 offers an expansive view of the airport’s taxiway and runway, five-star dining, a modern business centre, a family room for children’s entertainment, a relaxation area, luxurious bathrooms and shower facilities and a prayer room. The lounge is the perfect ‘pit stop’ for Etihad’s premium guests whether they are arriving or departing as it offers them the chance to relax or work.

Etihad Airways has also enhanced its ground services with the phased introduction of a new fleet of luxury limousines for diamond and pearl business class customers using the airline’s “Etihad Chauffeur” service. This luxury service is available to Etihad’s premium customers in several of Etihad’s key global destinations, including London’s Heathrow Airport.

If you are planning a visit to the UK from anywhere in Pakistan, Etihad Airways offers great fares. With this amazing offer in place, Manchester is the best place to visit right now, either on a holiday, for business or to visit your loved ones.

For detailed information and reservations, contact the local Etihad Airways office on the toll free call center 00800 900 440 17 or simply purchase your ticket online from the website

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