Our trip from Perth wasn't too bad as the plane was half empty but coming back was a different story. On both legs the plane took off about an hour late. Abu Dhabi airport was a nightmare with no one to help us navigate. We landed in the middle of nowhere and were bussed with standing room only to and from the main airport( both ways). The security was very stringent which is understandable. The staff on the planes were very good but even on the so called Dreamliner we were still squashed in like sardines. The announcements in English were very hard to hear and the other announcements in different languages seemed to go on for ever and were continually interrupting programs.We both arrived home with swollen legs and they are still swollen two days later.
The toilets were terrible as the seat malfunctioned and they weren't particularly clean. There weren't many toilets between a plane full of people.There were a lot of screaming children on the plane also which did not help with trying to sleep.
All credit to the pilot for landing the plane in difficult windy conditions on arrival in Perth on the 16th October.