The aircraft, an Airbus A340-600, was taking part in promotional filming and photography for the Abu Dhabi-based airline, flying at 300 feet of the coast.
Dozens of on-lookers were thrilled at the rare sight of the wide-body aircraft flying across the pristine coast line of Saadiyat Island.
Giorgio Evangelisti, Etihad Airways’ Chief Airbus A330 and A340 pilot, captained the flight.
He said: “It was a real privilege to take command for this unprecedented flight.”
“I have operated aircraft fly-pasts before, at the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but on this occasion we flew much lower and I will treasure the memories forever.”
Etihad Airways worked closely with its colleagues at the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and other departments to ensure the smooth running of the promotion.