Beaches in Abu Dhabi

Page update - Oct 18, 2022

Which free beach in Abu Dhabi is better for swimming and sunbathing? How much does it cost to stay in a hotel with its own beach? What are the entrance prices to the paid beaches? Read the answers in this review. And also about the 9 most famous beaches in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Warning! Starting February 26 and September 28, 2022, all the Arab Emirates have canceled the requirement to wear face masks outdoors (from February) and in cafes and restaurants (from September). Accordingly, masks are no longer officially required on the beaches (including public eating places). And that's great.

Hotels with own beach

At the moment of updating this page (October 2022) there are only 15 of them. All of these hotels are expensive - from USD 200 per night. If you want a first-line hotel cheap, then choose Sharjah, Ajman, or Fujairah for your vacation. We have talked about all the first-line hotels in the UAE in our detailed review "Hotels in the UAE with its own beach".

These hotels are: Emirates Palace, Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Intercontinental, Al Gurm Resort, Hilton Abu Dhabi, Sheraton Abu Dhabi, Le Meridien Abu Dhabi, Beach Rotana, The Ritz-Carlton Grand Canal, Shangri-La Qaryat al Beri, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Al Raha Beach Hotel.

Please note that most of these hotels allow outside visitors to their private beaches for a fee. If any of them are nearby then come in, pay from AED 100 per person, and enjoy the sea and the sun. For the current exchange rates, please read our review "The UAE dirham".

Public beaches

If you are not ready to pay then you are welcome to public beaches. They can be free, they can be paid, but the prices are more reasonable - from 10 to 25 dirhams. You have to pay extra for a sunbed, umbrella, and beach towel rental. And you can sunbathe on the sand on your own towel for free.

Do not forget that the public beach must be reached from the hotel, and it will unlikely be within walking distance. You will most likely have to take a cab. A visit to the beach will still cost money, at least for transportation. Read about the fares in our review "Taxis in Abu Dhabi".

The best situation is if your hotel provides a free bus to a beach for the guests. There are such hotels in Abu Dhabi, but they are few. Read the hotel reviews of tourists who have already been there as they necessarily write about it.

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Which public beach to choose?

Our advice: choose the one that is closer and cheaper to get to. Usually tourists choose between the Corniche and Al Bateen since they are free of charge. Choose the one that is more convenient to get to.

However, many tourists do not think about this problem. They choose the hotel by other features, and then ask the hotel guide or at the reception desk, which of the public beaches is the closest, and go by cab.

Rules of conduct and dress-code

There is no strict dress-code on the public beaches in Abu Dhabi. You need a bathing suit, and it should not be too frivolous. Of course, women can not be topless.

It is forbidden to drink alcohol or be drunk, and the punishment is very severe. See our reviews "What not to do in Abu Dhabi and the UAE" and "Alcohol in Abu Dhabi and the UAE" for more information.

It is forbidden to go outside the beach area in a swimsuit, it is punishable. And the phrase "I'm just a minute to buy a soda" will not help if you're caught by the police.

Another thing - the private beaches of hotels, where you can drink alcohol at the bar and be a bit "under the influence". The dress code is milder there, sometimes you can sunbathe topless (but in most hotels no). The rules are determined by the administration of the hotel that owns the beach.

The 9 most interesting beaches

Let's take a closer look at the most interesting beaches in Abu Dhabi. We'll start with the free beaches and go to paid ones and the cost of admission.

Corniche Beach

The main promenade in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. There are beaches along the waterfront, with a total length of 1.25 miles (2 kilometers) of beachfront. Part of this beachfront is occupied by private hotel beaches, some paid, some free.

If you want to save money then you are welcome to the free part.

If the money is no serious matter, there are several options. The Family Beach Section is for families, women and kids only, no single men allowed. Admission is 10 dirhams for an adult, 5 dirhams for a child.

A few more paid sections have no restrictions - everybody is allowed in. Same price - 10 dirhams for adults, 5 dirhams for kids. A sun lounger and umbrella for rent in any section (and in the free section too) costs 25 dirhams, towel rental - 10 dirhams.

There are about 600 sun loungers, about 30 changing rooms, and internet WiFi along the Corniche beach area. You can eat or drink (non-alcohol) at the snack bars or street food shops on the beach or on the promenade, there are dozens of eateries. You can combine beach fun with a cultural program and visit the Heritage Village across the canal, or with shopping and go to the Marina Mall.

Read all the details in our review "Corniche Beach".

Corniche New Public Beach

Located further down the Corniche boardwalk, after the eastern edge and the park. It's now a semi-wild beach. Admission is free. There are no sun loungers, umbrellas or bars yet. For five years the authorities have been planning to improve the area, but it's still there.

Ideal for those tourists who want to save money and quite comfortably sunbathe on a towel. The water is beautiful, the depth is shallow, ideal for children.

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Lulu Island

A large and almost empty island across the canal from the Corniche waterfront. Construction on Lulu Island goes on and off, but in the end nothing major has ever been built there. The whole coast of the island - it's beautiful and soft sand, swim and sunbathe wherever you want and completely free.

You can get to the island by boat from Heritage Village Pier or from Marina Mall for 20 dirhams. Sailing back is no problem. You can "catch" the boats that ply along the coast of the island. Some boats are on duty right on the island.

Al Bateen Beach

Located in Al Bateen area, where there are many budget hotels. The beach is about 2,300 feet (750 meters) long. The main advantage is that it is free.

There is a small paid women's part. Only women or girls and male children under the age of 7 years can enter there. Entrance fee is 25 dirhams for adults, 5 dirhams for kids (ages 3 to 12).

Al Bateen Beach was awarded the Blue Flag.

There is a disadvantage. Al Bateen Beach does not directly face the Persian Gulf, but rather the canal between Abu Dhabi Island and Al Hudayriat Island. The distance of this channel between the islands is about 1 kilometer (0.6 mile). That is, you will see not the vast waters of the Persian Gulf, but the canal and the Al Hudayriat Island a little in the distance. However, for most tourists, it does not spoil the mood. Few people notice this.

Marsana Beach and Al Hudayriat Beach

Located on Al Hudayriat Island, across the channel from the Al Bateen beach and area. Al Hudayriat Island can be accessed via the bridge that starts right outside Al Bateen Beach. The beach is on the opposite side of the island. You have to walk 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) over the bridge and another 1.5 kilometers (1 mile) across the island. It is better to go by cab.

The beach is about 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) long. It is free of charge. It is very well equipped. Nearby there are sports fields, cafes and snack bars, a children's playground, and a splash park. Just behind the beach, you can see real mangrove trees and also for free. It's a great place.

By the way, an interesting fact. This beach only opened in 2018, and before then there was already a bridge, but Al Hudayriat was empty. The locals didn't understand what the bridge was for, and the bridge was nicknamed "The Bridge to Nowhere". This nickname has become established.

Yas Beach

The only public beach on Yas Island. It is located on the south end of the island, within walking distance of hotels: Staybridge Suites, Crowne Plaza - Yas Island, Centro Yas Island, Yas Island Rotana, Radisson Blu Yas Island, Park Inn Yas Island and Yas Viceroy. If vacationing at these hotels, Yas Beach is your only option.

If you are staying at a hotel in another part of Abu Dhabi, there is little point in going to Yas Beach - far away and expensive.

You can go to Yas Beach if you come to Yas Island for entertainment - Ferrari World Park, Yas WaterWorld, Yas Mall or Warner Bros park. Then you can spend part of the day in the park and spend the rest of the day at the sea and the sun.

The beach is very beautiful, with nice white sand and clear blue water. The guests are provided with loungers, umbrellas, and VIP-loungers, where you can hide from strangers' eyes with a curtain. There is a large pool, a children's pool, and a tropical-style cafe. The local pizzeria boasts a handmade pizza oven made in Italy and Italian chefs from Naples.

Admission price: 50 dirhams for adults, 25 dirhams for children aged 8 to 16. Price includes beach towel rental. Children under 8 years old are free. 50% discount for ladies on Fridays.

Guests of Yas Island hotels enjoy free admission. You must get a special voucher at the hotel reception.

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Saadiyat Public Beach

This is an eco-beach. Located on the northern coast of Saadiyat Island. Bissa turtles lay their eggs on this coastline. Of course, visitors are not allowed near the turtles, for this purpose there are specialists of environmental services on duty. "Eco" in this case does not mean unity with nature, but observation of nature from a distance.

Beach activities on Saadiyat Island are also only "eco" - windsurfing, sailing, yoga classes.

The beach is equipped perfectly, there are more than 300 sun beds, umbrellas, showers, changing rooms, it is possible to rent towels and lockers. There is a cafe with a wide (by beach standards) range of snacks and drinks, and a store with all necessary things.

Entry fee: 25 dirhams for adults, 15 for children.

The main advantage of Saadiyat Beach is that it is not as popular as Corniche. There are never too many people there.

The main disadvantage is that it takes a long time to get there by public transport. If you're going to rent a car, then Saadiyat is ideal.

InterContinental Bayshore

It is a beach club. You pay at the entrance not only to be on the beach, but also the whole beach and entertainment program: large adult and children's pools, jacuzzi, sun lounger. The beach itself is small - 1,000 feet (300 meters) long, very clean and well maintained.

The beach club and the Intercontinental Hotel are located close to the Corniche promenade, the Emirates Palace Hotel and the skyscrapers of Abu Dhabi. Naturally, entry and all entertainment is free for hotel guests.

Admission price: weekdays 150 dirhams for adults, 80 for children, 270 for couples; weekends 200 dirhams for adults, 100 for children, 390 for couples.

Emirates Palace Hotel private beach

This is one of the best beaches in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The 4,200 feet (1,300 meters) long beachfront belongs to the most expensive (in terms of construction and finishing costs) hotel Emirates Palace.

The first option to get to this private beach is to book a room at the Emirates Palace hotel. It is expensive, but not extraordinarily expensive. We described the prices and benefits in detail in the review "Emirates Palace".

The second option is to pay a one-time entry "Beach Club Day Pass". The pleasure is not cheap, but you get not only access to the beach but also to the hotel pools, you can have lunch in local restaurants, and use the sports facilities of the hotel.

Entrance fee: 310 dirhams for adults, 155 for children on weekdays; 410 dirhams for adults, 205 for children on weekends.

Good and important to know

- There is no fear of sharks on the beaches of Abu Dhabi as there have never been any attacks on people there. But there have been in other emirates, and potentially the threat exists, as read our review "Sharks in the UAE";

- On weekends and public holidays, public beaches can be crowded as locals come to relax. For the holidays schedule, see our review "Holidays in the UAE"; for weekends details (from January 3, 2022 it is Friday half day, Saturday, Sunday), read our review "Weekends in the UAE";

- Smoking on the beaches is allowed, but try to smoke so as not to disturb other visitors. Read about smoking rules and penalties in the review "Smoking in the UAE - prices and rules".

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