Beaches in Abu Dhabi
If the public beach is not to your liking, and you are staying at a hotel without the beach facilities, such as the Millennium for example, you could pay to use the facilities of some of the better hotels. Unfortunately, the best beach in Abu Dhabi is at the Emirates Palace and that is reserved exclusively for guests. But it’s possible to use the pool and beach at some of the great hotels such as the Intercontinental, Beach Rotana, Hiltonia, Al Raha and the Shangri-la. If you only wish to use the beach and not the health club, the Intercontinental is good value.
Points of note
- Even though the beach dress code is heading toward a laid back approach, the law states no nude or topless sunbathing. You may also want to avoid wearing extremely skimpy bikinis for unwanted attention!
- You don’t need to hire a sun lounger to be on the beach but the Abu Dhabi sun can be particularly harsh after too long.
- Picnics are welcome but barbeques and open fires are not permitted.
- The price charged at the public beach if to ensure that those who are there to relax and get sunned are not bothered.
- If you want to use the facilities of the hotels, it is best to call in advance, especially on a weekend, which is probably the day we would avoid if possible.
When – Opening hours of the paid beaches are between 7am – 10pm. Lifeguards are on duty from 7am – 6pm.
How long – 2-3 hours minimum – you don’t want to get sunburn!
Location – Abu Dhabi Beach, next to the Corniche
Cost – Entrance to the beach is 10 AED per adult and children over 12 (no pets allowed). Children over 5 is 5 AED. Sun loungers - 25 AED per adult. (All water sports at the public beach are organised by Empros. To book in advance please call 050 78 123 123)
Cost for other hotels (week/weekend): Beach Rotana 150/210, Intercontinental 95/95 Hilton Corniche 150/185, Al Raha 130/240, Shangri-la 250/250.
More info: http://www.empros.ae/