One of the top reasons for visiting Abu Dhabi is without doubt its beautiful beaches, shimmering seas and glorious weather. Spend your days relaxing on pure white sand under the shade of luscious green trees, swimming in warm water, and topping up your tan!
Abu Dhabi’s beach clubs, both public and private, ensure that every visit to the beach is good, clean fun. You’ll have access to washing facilities, food outlets and equipment hire, as well as the opportunity to book various water sports lessons. The majority of hotels on the beachfront will have their own private section of coastline, though these areas are usually accessible to non-guests if you’re willing to pay a small entry fee. The private beach clubs, such as Saadiyat Beach Club, InterContinental Bayshore and Nation Riviera Beach Club, have higher entry fees, but you receive more for your money. Private beach clubs will have their own leisure facilities, spas, sport activities, bars and restaurants, as well as child-friendly fun and games.
The best beaches to visit are the Corniche, with its Blue Flag status, Yas Beach, Saadiyat Beach and Mirfa Beach. Mirfa is the Western Region’s only fully developed beach, and is slightly less crowded than the other three options. Yas Beach is now free for all guests staying in hotels adjacent to it, and Saadiyat Beach is home to the endangered hawksbill turtle.
No trip to Abu Dhabi is complete without exploring the plethora of islands that surrounds it. From the cultural haven of Saadiyat Island to Yas Island and its thrill-seeking, pulse-racing activities, there’s an island to suit everyone.
Delma Island is one of the oldest permanent settlements in the UAE, with records of being inhabited for over 7,000 years. It’s an incredible island to visit, with its luscious greenery and intricate building work. Al Maryah Island’s luxurious hotels and picture-perfect sea views make it the most enchanting CBD throughout the world: it’s a hub of business, entertainment and leisure, where you can soak up the sun and sea, while shopping, eating and dancing. Home to The Galleria, Al Maryah Island can boast one of the most exclusive boutiques in the world, with over 130 coveted brands.
Escape from the whirlwind of the city and visit Sir Bani Yas Island, a destination filled with nature and adventure. A host of hotels ensure you can stay in the heart of Arabian wildlife, discovering more than 10,000 free-roaming animals. With state-of-the-art stables, you can also enjoy a host of equestrian activities.