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Abu Dhabi beaches are clean and have useful amenities.
They also provide a pleasant break from the concrete (and glass) jungle of skyscrapers.
The sand is white and fine while the water around the city has a high salinity and is also nice and warm because of the bay.
In Abu Dhabi you can find both public and private beaches. Read on to learn about both types and what to expect!
Private Beaches at Abu Dhabi Hotels and Resorts
Hiltona Beach Club
You can get a day pass for this 400 meter private hotel beach for 150 AED on weekdays (90 AED for kids), the price covers the amenities such as lockers, changing rooms, water slides, swimming lessons, a kid’s club for 4-8 year olds, two pools, toilets, a restaurant and a bar (with alcohol).
There are also water sports on this beach like jet skiing and windsurfing. This is a very popular beach but more people use the pool than the beach. On Fridays it can get rather crowded and on weekends and holidays it is for hotel guests and members only.
Emirate Palace Beach
This is a 1.3 km long private hotel beach nesting in a cove, the beach was embellished with sand from Algeria. On the beach you get sun loungers, umbrellas, two pools with a swim-up bar, a mini-water park (Cascade Adventure Pool) and artificial waterfall and river as well as separate adult and child areas.
On the beach you can go for a camel ride or have tea in a Bedouin tent. In the water you have a choice of several water activities and sports. The beach club is large enough for family activities and quieter sunbathing to be in separate areas and you can get taken from one area of the beach to the other by buggies driven by the ever attentive staff.
Only hotel guests and members can use the beach and there can only ever be 100 members, so you’ll need to join the waiting list. This is one of the best Abu Dhabi beaches!
As part of the Rotana Hotel this beach club has more off-beach amenities than a stunning beach. The beach itself is a modest size but there are also adult and kid’s pools; multiple water sports and activities for young and young at heart like the banana ride and water skiing.
The beach even has its own crèche, a supervised kid’s pool, swimming lessons and a play area. The beach club will set you back 150 AED on a weekday and 230 AED on weekends and holidays. There are also annual memberships as with all the Abu Dhabi hotel beach clubs.
A private hotel beach this one costs around 250 AED (125 AED for kids) but it is one of the better beaches. The hotel is a little out of the center but worth the trip. There is an infinity pool, free fruit kebabs and cold water, board games, water sports, sport’s courts and kid’s activities. There is also a restaurant and everything is impeccably luxurious. Another one of the great Abu Dhabi beaches.
This is one of the larger hotel private beaches, it too provides all the luxurious amenities like loungers, umbrellas, 2 pools, pristine lawns, a waterslide, waterfall, swim-up bar, and plenty of water activities and sports including boating excursions. You can even rent floating loungers for 30 AED. Entrance for the day will cost you 180 AED on weekends and 130 AED on weekdays.
Public Abu Dhabi Beaches and the Corniche
There are beaches along the Corniche which stretch from the Hilton Hotel to Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, there are amenities like restaurants, gardens, paths, cabanas, yoga on the beach, toilets, benches, parking lots, lifeguards and play areas along the way. There are umbrellas for public use.
In the water you are limited by a floating fence which prevents you venturing out more than 40 meters or so. A wakeboard “park” has been set up where you can get free lessons from experts and use the facilities from 12pm to 6pm.
There is a charge of 5 AED per member for families and 10 AED for single males which is taken from ticket booths along the Cornice but compared to the private beaches the cost is minimal.
The beach has separate family areas and general areas. Use of sun loungers is an additional 25 AED. From the parking lots there is a complimentary shuttle to the beachfront. The beach is open from 7:30am to midnight.
Al Bateen Beach
Used for both swimming and fishing you can find this palm tree lined beach off Saeed bin Tahnoon Street (19th Street ) in one of Abu Dhabi’s older areas. Cars can drive right up to the beach which is rather narrow. The beach is public and the section on the eastern side is only for families.
In 2012a complete rejuvenation of the beach area was completed. There are lifeguards and amenities close by. Read more about the Al Bateen area here.
Abu Dhabi Beaches Further Afield
If you are willing to go a little out of the city (20 minute drive) you can find 5 Abu Dhabi beaches in the Al Raha Beach area. Read more about Al Raha area here.
There is also Al Gharbia in the western part of the city with pristine untouched beaches and Mirfa a vacation beach area.
The marine life is quite good in the area too! You can enjoy a bit of scuba diving here too. As you can see there is no shortage of Abu Dhabi beaches!
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