Apart from the iconic Sheikh Zayed Mosque and the famous Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi has also got some of the most mesmerizing beaches in the UAE. From a private beach near your hotel to public beaches in the city, there are various places to pick from for relaxing with your loved ones. So, there’s no doubt that there are all kinds of Abu Dhabi beaches to soothe your mood, mind & soul.
1. Al Bateen Beach
This spot is popular with both expats and locals, thanks to its family-friendly vibe. The beach is also popular for fishing and swimming.
The waters are very calm and the views from the 800m stretch of sand are equally soothing. You can see the Hudayriat Bridge, which leads to the newly opened Hudayriat Island, whether you’re lying on your towel or over at the children’s playground.
And if you are feeling a little active, you can hire kayaks or stand-up paddleboards and get out on the water. There are also a handful of cafés, around 100 car parking spaces and plenty of lifeguards on duty.
2. Corniche Beach
Abu Dhabi’s immaculate Corniche beachfront is a fantastic outdoor destination where the seaside boardwalks and the walkways paved with benches and gardens overlook the glory of the open Arabian Gulf. The public beach is divided into three sections: Al Sahil is for singles and groups, Gate 2 is for families and has a quiet zone and Gate 3 is for families, especially children.
Surrounding the Corniche beach is the children’s play area, separate cycle and pedestrian pathways, cafés and restaurants and plenty of free sports facilities on including five volleyball courts, two football pitches, and three playing fields. Visitors can also rent a speedboat off the Corniche and soak in the majestic view of the Abu Dhabi skyline, or go snorkeling to discover local aquatic life.
3. Yas Beach
On Yas Island, there is a beach club operator on a small beach stuck between the island and the mangrove. Once acquitted entry fees (50EDA in Week and 100EDA on Friday or Saturday, as well as during the school holidays) you will be able to consume alcohol and listening to loud electronic music.
There is prohibited to bring food and drink. Children of 8 to 16 years pay half fare, free of charge for the kids than 8 years old. In general hotels in Yas Island provide free access to this beach club. It is forbidden to bring water or food. Yas Beach has the license to serve alcoholic beverages.
4. Saadiyat Public Beach
A gorgeous beach with sparkling white sand and turquoise-blue waters, this beach boasts numerous services as well. With clean showers, lockers, and even a beach yoga class every week, tourists and residents alike come back to this beach on a regular basis.
5. Al Bahar Beach
This amazing newest addition to the Abu Dhabi beach life starts beside the Nation Riviera Beach Club and has a huge offering of activities and amenities including a giant aqua bouncing castle, 2 huge pirate playgrounds, a fitness parcour, coffeeshops, restaurants, showers, toilets and much more.
The beach is beautifully located right opposite the Abu Dhabi breakwater and the water is calm and crystal clear. Right behind the beach you will have the chance to play volleayball, football or do some exercises at the fitness parcour.
In the distance you can admire the city´s impressive skyline and there are plenty of coffeeshops and little foodtrucks that are offering a wide variety of delicious snacks and fresh smoothies. You can also rent bikes and buggies to explore the rest of the corniche promenade.
6. Shuweihat Island
This one really does take some commitment, but the rewards to anyone who makes the epic journey (from practically anywhere else in the UAE) to this stunning location are innumerable. If you’re familiar with the colour of sandstone the ancient city of Petra in Jordan is famous for, you’ll know what to expect from the low-lying cliffs and caves that look like nothing else you’ll have seen in this country.
7. Intercontinental Abu Dhabi Bayshore Beach Club
The Bayshore Beach Club at the Intercontinental Abu Dhabi is more expensive to get into than the public beaches, but it’s still one of the cheaper options.
For AED100 for men and Dh50 for women on Saturdays to Thursdays (AED200 and AED100 on Friday and UAE public holidays) you get access to the 300m of private beach, an infinity pool with a swim-up bar, large jacuzzi, a shady children’s pool and a health club with a great view of the water.
8. Al Sahil Beach
Offering one of the most contrasting views of all Abu Dhabi beaches, Al Sahil is famous among sports fanatics for its beach volleyball, football playoffs and fitness centres. On one side of the beach are tall skyscrapers gleaming in the sun and on the other side is the deep blue sea stretched as far as the eye can see.
There are separate gates which allow entry for only families, in case you are travelling with your kids. Bike rentals and buggies are easily available, and there is a small restaurant where you can get a bite to eat. Sun loungers, showers, and toilets are also available.