Best Beaches in Abu Dhabi

Living on an island city definitely has its perks; one of which is the fact that you get to enjoy being surrounded by awesome beaches.

If you’re stuck in Abu Dhabi for the holidays or simply want to hit the beach during the weekends, we’ve got you covered. Check out our list of top beaches in Abu Dhabi right here—the old, the new, and everything in between!

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1. Saadiyat Beach

The most beautiful of all Abu Dhabi beaches, Saadiyat Beach ticks all the right boxes. Here you have a surreal spot for a day at the beach with loved ones.

It’s stretch of soft white sand and crystal clear waters makes it the best public beach in Abu Dhabi indeed. A major highlight as well is the fact that at Saadiyat Beach local authorities preserve wildlife and natural environments.

The grounds are accessed via a long wooden boardwalk with everything around it kept strictly as it is. The fun part for you? Rare endangered species Hawksbill turtles live on the beach and they’re quite a sight to look at!

saadiyat beach

Location

Saadiyat Beach is located on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi. The island is about 20 minutes away from Downtown Abu Dhabi.

You can choose to live on Saadiyat Island and have beach access all year long! It’s one of the most surreal locations to live in Abu Dhabi.

Price

Saadiyat Public Beach is free to enter.

Timings 

8 am to 6 pm.

Activities and Facilities 

  • Turtle watching 
  • Beach yoga 
  • Watersports
  • Sun lounges 
  • Changing areas
  • Dining options
  • Shops.
top beaches in abu dhabi

2. Corniche Beach

Abu Dhabi is well-known for its pristine Corniche Beach, a landmark that defines the entire city. Residents and visitors alike tend to head over there for a perfect day in the sun.

It’s not exactly a hidden gem, but it’s definitely a gem nonetheless! There’s everything you could possibly want out of a beach all in one location. The 2 km long Corniche Beach Abu Dhabi is ideal for families, couples, friends, and singles!

The beach is connected via a beautiful boardwalk surrounded by lush greenery and various walkways.

family beach corniche abu dhabi

Location

Corniche Beach is located on Corniche Rd. in Abu Dhabi. The Corniche Road is only 10 minutes away from the city center.

Living on Corniche Road will give you the authentic life of the Emirati capital, and access to the stunning beach any time you want.

Price

Here are the entry prices for Corniche Beach Abu Dhabi: 

  • Adults: AED 10
  • Kids: AED 5; kids under 5 years old enter free of charge. 

Sun loungers can be rented for AED 25 each.

Timings 

8 am to 8 pm.

Activities and Facilities 

  • Cycling 
  • Beach volleyball
  • Sunbathing 
  • Speed boating
  • Snorkelling
  • Restaurants and cafes
  • Sun lounges and umbrellas
  • Changing spaces
  • Cabanas
  • Showers
  • Kids play area
  • Sports facilities
  • Bike lanes.
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3. Al Bateen Beach 

If you’re looking for one of the more secret beaches in Abu Dhabi, this is the place for you. It’s a magnificent stretch of 800 metres long with views of Hudayriat Island and Hudayriat Bridge serving as your backdrop.

Quiet-seekers will especially enjoy this location away from the bustle of the main city centre and corniche. Al Bateen Beach is also among the free beaches in Abu Dhabi, so yay to that!

best public beach in abu dhabi

Location

Al Bateen Beach is located on Khalifa Al Mubarak St. in Abu Dhabi, 20 minutes away from Downtown Abu Dhabi.

You can live at one of the most prestigious addresses in Abu Dhabi, Al Bateen, which will give you the luxurious lifestyle you deserve. It is the closest community to Al Bateen Beach, where you can go on your daily jog or have your weekend chillouts!

Price

Entry to Al Bateen Beach is free of charge.

Timings 

8 am to 9 pm. 

Activities and Facilities

  • Picnics in gazebos 
  • Football
  • Tennis
  • Beach volleyball
  • Kayaking 
  • Stand-up paddleboarding
  • Security
  • Sun loungers 
  • Restaurant
  • Cafes
  • Kids play area
  • Watersports center
  • Parking
  • Lifeguards.
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4. Yas Beach 

You might be on the lookout for a twist to your beach experience and Yas Beach could just be right up your alley.

Proudly poised on the shores of the famous Yas Island, Yas Beach Club in Abu Dhabi is fittingly known for delicious brunches and awesome music. 

yas beach

Location

Yas Beach is located in Yas West on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Yas Beach is 30 minutes away from Downtown Dubai.

Living on Yas Island means living in the heart of all the entertainment and of course quick access to the beach.

Price

Yas Beach has an entry fee as follows: 

  • Adults: AED 60 on weekdays; AED 120 on weekends and public holidays
  • Kids: AED 25 on weekdays; AED 50 on weekends and public holidays (8 to 16 years old)
  • Kids under 8 years old enter free of charge.

Note: If you’re staying in any of the amazing hotels in Yas Island, you get access to Yas Beach for the entire time you’re there. All you have to do is show your room card or hotel voucher and you can enter this amazing public beach on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. 

yas island public beach abu dhabi

Timings 

10 am to 7 pm.

Activities and Facilities 

  • Jet skiing 
  • Kayaking
  • Beach volleyball
  • Beach brunch
  • Restaurant
  • Refreshment drinks
  • Watersports 
  • Cabanas for hire
  • Sun loungers 
  • Food stalls. 

5. Hudayriat Island Beach 

Another popular public beach in Abu Dhabi is Hudayriat Island Beach, a cozy spot under Hudayriat Bridge. If you’re strictly looking for some adventure in the waters, this particular beach is popular for such thrilling activities.

Hudayriat beach

Location

This famous beach in Abu Dhabi is located on the picturesque Hudayriat Island just across the waters of Bateen Beach. Downtown Abu Dhabi is about 40 minutes away.

The nearest community to this amazing beach is Al Bateen, which means you get to enjoy Al Bateen Beach and Hudayriat Island Beach minutes away from home. 

Price

You can enter Hudayriat Island Beach free of charge. 

Timings 

8 am to 7 pm. 

Activities and Facilities 

  • Boating
  • Jet skiing
  • Cycling 
  • Football
  • Tennis
  • Kite surfing 
  • Kayaking
  • Food trucks
  • Slipways for boats and jet skis
  • Sports facilities. 
Swimming beaches in abu dhabi

6. Al Maya Island Beach 

Al Maya Island and Resort is just off the coast of Corniche Beach in the city and just might be the best beach club in Abu Dhabi. If you’re a fan of a good all-day beach party, head over here. 

You can easily access Al Maya Beach through a 20-minute boat ride from the docks right next to Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana. Fridays see the best DJs in town creating the mood, while Saturdays are quieter to sit back, relax, and get a tan!

Trust us when we tell you this is one of the best beach hotels in Abu Dhabi right here!

Famous beaches in abu dhabi

Location

Al Maya Beach is on Al Maya Island on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi. The nearest community to the resort is Al Khalidiya near the Corniche, which means you get to live in the heart of Abu Dhabi a few minutes away from Downtown.

Price 

You can enjoy a day pass to the island priced at AED 199 per person, inclusive of AED 150 credit for the resort facilities. 

Thinking of taking up the family for a day at the island? You can purchase a family pass for AED 495, which includes access for 2 adults and 3 kids (inclusive of AED 350 food and drink vouchers).

Timings 

10 am to 8 pm (Fridays and Saturdays).

Activities and Facilities 

  • Swimming pool 
  • Dance floor 
  • Dining options 
  • 5-star hotel
  • Loungers 
  • Beach cabanas 
  • Changing rooms.
private beach abu dhabi

7. Zaya Nurai Island Beach 

For those who like their beach vibes a little on the luxurious side, this is the one for them. Located just a 10-minute boat ride from the magnificent Saadiyat Island, it’s close by yet offering a feeling of relaxation in a secluded space.

The island’s spa will only help take all your stress away, and for those looking for thrill, watersports are aplenty. It’s also one of the best beaches in Abu Dhabi for swimming—surreal blue waters straight out of a dream.

family beach abu dhabi

Location

This private beach in Abu Dhabi is located on Zaya Nurai Island off the coast of Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island.

The nearest community is the posh Saadiyat Island, where luxury is an everyday motto.

Price 

Access to the beach is for AED 480 per person, which includes boat transfer to the island.

Timings 

10:30 am to 11 pm. 

Activities and Facilities 

  • Zaya Spa (starting AED 220 per person)
  • Restaurants and cafes
  • Swimming pool
  • Seaside swings
  • Watersports center.
beach club abu dhabi

8. Cove Beach 

There’s a new beach in Abu Dhabi earning a well-deserved spot on this list. Cove Beach Club Abu Dhabi just opened its doors to the public and it’s the very first one of its kind on the iconic Reem Island.

This is the second venture for Cove Beach in the UAE, following in the steps of the first one on Dubai’s Bluewaters Island. The beach stretches 300 metres and offers a wide variety of facilities to keep every beach goer really happy.

Cove Beach is considered perfect for the young folk yet one of the best family beaches in Abu Dhabi as well.

Cove beach abu dhabi location

Location

Cove Beach is located in the Makers District on Reem Island, Abu Dhabi; it is just 15 minutes away from Downtown Abu Dhabi.

Al Reem Island is one of the highly-demanded areas to live in Abu Dhabi. It’s designed with your peace of mind a top priority.

Price 

Cove Beach entrance is for AED 200 per person on weekdays (inclusive of AED 100 cashback for food and drinks; AED 300 on weekends (AED 150 cashback). 

Timings 

10 am to 1 am.

Opening Date 

Cove Beach Abu Dhabi on Al Reem Island opened on November 27, 2020.

Activities and Facilities 

  • Outdoor restaurant
  • Lounge 
  • Swimming pool 
  • Watersports 
  • Kite surfing 
  • Ladies day 
  • Saturday brunch 
  • Music sessions.
Secret beaches in abu dhabi

It’s the perfect time to hit the beach, so why not go around and discover every beach Abu Dhabi has to offer. We’ve done all the hard work for you, so grab your swimsuit and let’s go!

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