Abu Dhabi, is full of incredible attractions that will impress all visitors. With everything from cultural experiences to great shopping malls. The perfect city for travelers, giving them a chance to better understand the UAE, all while having a blast. This city of high-rises and shopping malls has transformed itself from a desert outpost to a destination du-jour, where tourists flock for sales bargains, sunshine, and family fun. There are many places to see in Abu Dhabi:
Zaya Nurai Island
You could spend your life traveling the world and you’d struggle to find a beach that tops this one for pure, indulgent luxury. Take a ten-minute private boat ride from Saadiyat Island to this luxurious secluded island that is conveniently accessible from all major travel ports in the UAE. This place is a magnet for Abu Dhabi mainlanders and thankfully the resort offers day passes for you to check them out. You can just take a leisurely stroll on the beautiful beach or plunge into an adventure with one of the water sports such as stand-up paddle boarding, beach snorkeling, pedalo boating, and sea kayaking. But if you’d rather unwind and let your worries slip away then opt for a day at Zaya spa, where treatments start from Dhs220. There are also plenty of dining options to choose from including Frangipani, which offers dishes that use organic and seasonal produce – and there’s even a regular Friday brunch.
With 400m of golden sands, this is another venue that caters for pretty much every need you may have. There’s a huge pool and five private chalets to enjoy. There is also an abundance of loungers, so you won’t have to get there early to mark your territory with your towel. There’s a wide selection of dining options including freshly made pizzas and authentic Arabic food, so you’ll be spoilt for choice. If you want to stay active and compete against your crew, there are two volleyball courts available and if you’d rather do your own thing, hit the shores for some thrilling water sports such as stand-up paddle boarding.
Saadiyat Public Beach
Close to the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi, this sanded area is set on Saadiyat Island’s serene natural shores. The 400m beach is a great spot for a day out with friends and loved ones, to enjoy Abu Dhabi’s clean, warm turquoise waters. For an extra fee, there are beach yoga classes to ensure guests’ bodies and minds stay in shape, along with eco-friendly water sports activities such as windsurfing and sailing. The Beach Café offers food and beverages and will deliver straight to your lounge chair, so you don’t have to move at all. To make the beach experience even more enjoyable and relaxing, there are showers and changing rooms, together with sun loungers, towels, and lockers for rent. Managed by BAKE, you’ll have 300 loungers to choose from, a towel and locker rental service, as well as showers and changing rooms.
This is the new addition in Abu Dhabi’s beaches. It has been making waves since opening earlier 2018. And big plans are afoot to give this 3,000-hectare island a bright future. Expect a host of food trucks and sports facilities from the island, which is connected to the mainland via the bridge formerly known as the ‘Bridge to nowhere’. The 600-meter-long beach is open daily from 8 am to 7 pm and is free to use for the public. There are also three new slipways for boats and jet-skis, making it a must-visit for thrill-seekers in the capital.
Abu Dhabi’s pristine Corniche beachfront is a fantastic family spot on which to enjoy the sand between your toes. It’s 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. The seaside boardwalk is four miles long and the walkways are paved and dotted with benches and gardens that overlook the glory of the open Arabian Gulf. Surrounding the Corniche beach there are children’s play areas, separate cycle and pedestrian pathways, cafés and restaurants. There are also plenty of free sports facilities on offer, including volleyball courts and football pitches and three playing fields. And if your family likes a bit of adventure then take a speedboat or jetski off the Corniche and marvel at the Abu Dhabi skyline, or go snorkeling to discover local marine life. You can bake a beach management company, operates at Gate 2 (families and quiet zone) and Gate 3 (families and children zone).
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