The Best Beaches in Abu Dhabi

If after your hard stroll you fancy some real chill out time, head to Abu Dhabi’s new two kilo-metre public beach parallel to the Corniche. Opened in the summer of 2008, it provides a huge stretch of sand and calm waters along with amenities such as refreshment outlets, changing facilities, toilets and play areas.  For those after some action, have a session of beach volleyball or partake in the numerous water sport activities such as parasailing, kayaking, waterskiing and much more for a fee. If you just want to relax, the beach has pretty walkways and scenic gardens, the perfect way to spend a warm afternoon.

Abu Dhabi Beaches
Abu Dhabi Beaches (Peter Water,

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

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.

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