10 Best Beaches in Abu Dhabi 2020 (Photos & 1200+ Reviews)
The United Arab Emirates is popular for stunning skyscrapers and iconic landmarks, but what will take your breath away are the beautiful beaches in Abu Dhabi where you can relax in the Sun and sand without worrying about the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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Weary souls looking for a place to introspect and calm their frayed nerves will find some of the most secluded and peaceful coastlines in the city. Abu Dhabi beaches also feature a host of water sports for adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers.

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The Persian Gulf is home to an array of vibrant marine sea creatures - so it comes as no surprise that scuba diving and snorkelling are commonplace here. For those of you travelling with family, shallow beaches with calm waters will be perfect where you can build sand castles with your kids.

Experience serenity at the beaches of Abu Dhabi as the sight of the setting Sun rejuvenates your body, mind and soul.

Here are some of the best beaches in Abu Dhabi:

01

Corniche Beach

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One of the most popular beaches in Abu Dhabi, Corniche has been awarded the Blue Flag status which means that the waters are clean and safe for swimming. Almost the entire 8 kilometres stretch is open to the public for free, although the west end is occupied by private beach clubs.

Drop by the cafes and restaurants near Gate 4 and try the delicious food to tickle your taste buds. Ideal for cycling, taking in the picturesque views of the stunning coastline, and simply lounging in the sun - Corniche will offer you an array of activities to spend your day.

Location: Corniche, Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi

Timings: 8 am to 8 pm

Entry Fee: DHS 10

Activities: Swimming, volleyball, cycling, sunbathing.

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02

Saadiyat Beach

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Saadiyat Beach

Located close to the Park Hyatt, Saadiyat is one of the most family-friendly public beaches in Abu Dhabi. Nearly 300 lounge chairs, parasols and sunbeds have been arranged on the coastline facing the clear blue Gulf, and lockers, showers, changing rooms and towel rentals are readily available.

Managed by BAKE services, the place is perfect for sunbathing and stretching your feet out. Its beautiful powdery white sands are ideal for building sandcastles. A stunning contrast against aquamarine sea waters, the beach also presents a mesmerizing view. Yoga classes are held here every week.

Location: Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

Timings: 8 am to 6.15 pm

Entry Fee: DHS 25

Activities: Yoga, sunbathing, family picnic, building sandcastles.

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03

Al Bateen Beach

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 Al Bateen Beach

Of all the beaches in Abu Dhabi, Al Bateen offers the most serene and calm atmosphere. Stretched over 800 meters, the immaculate coastline looks over Hodariyat Bridge and Island. The peaceful waters and picturesque views give it a family-friendly vibe.

It is safe for swimming for children and kids alike, and you can also play volleyball and football here. If you are with family, have a merry time building sandcastles and celebrating a quiet picnic with your kids. Private entry for women is available, as are changing facilities. Hawkers and food stalls selling delicious snacks can also be found.

Location: Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi

Timings: 8 am to 7 pm

Entry Fee: Free

Activities: Football, volleyball, swimming. 

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04

Al Sahil Beach

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Al Sahil Beach

Offering one of the most contrasting views of all Abu Dhabi beaches, Al Sahil is famous among sports fanatics for its beach volleyball, football playoffs and fitness centres. On one side of the beach are tall skyscrapers gleaming in the sun and on the other side is the deep blue sea stretched as far as the eye can see.

There are separate gates which allow entry for only families, in case you are travelling with your kids. Bike rentals and buggies are easily available, and there is a small restaurant where you can get a bite to eat. Sun loungers, showers, and toilets are also available.

Location: Al Sahil Beach, Corniche Abu Dhabi, Corniche Rd, Abu Dhabi

Timings: 8 am to 7 pm

Entry Fee: DHS 10

Activities: Football, volleyball, swimming, family picnic.

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05

Al Mirfa Beach

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Al Mirfa is one of the quietest and peaceful beaches in Abu Dhabi. There is a small town located close by, where tourists can go for shopping, but besides that, mass tourism has not taken roots here.

However, you can engage in watersports activities if you are an adrenaline junkie. Wakeboarding and surf skiing are quite common, but some people also like to take a kayak to further explore the natural beauty and stunning panoramas of the region.

Offering a unique blend of peace and adventure, Al Mirfa also hosts the colourful Al Gharbia Watersports Festival every year.

Location: Al Gharbia, Abu Dhabi

Timings: No timing restrictions

Entry Fee: DHS 10

Activities: Wakeboarding, kayaking and surf skiing

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Yas Beach

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Yas Beach

One of the most famous artificial Abu Dhabi beaches, Yas is located on the island of the same name, next to iconic landmarks like Ferrari World, F1 Grand Prix Race Track, and Yas Water Park.

It is also one of the most versatile public beaches in Abu Dhabi with a host of water sports activities like jet skiing, kayaking, volleyball. If you do not enjoy lying around on vacation, this is the place for you. You can also rent a luxe and comfortable cabana and enjoy reading a book or sipping a cocktail in peace if that’s what you prefer.

Location:  Yas Island, Opposite Crown Plaza, Abu Dhabi

Timings: 10 am to 7 pm

Entry Fee: DHS 50 on weekdays, 100 on weekends

Activities: Jet skiing, kayaking, volleyball.

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Al Hudayriat Island Beach

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 Al Hudayriat Island Beach

With its immaculate coastline and mesmerizing views, the stunning Al Hudayriat is a truly beautiful addition to the beaches in Abu Dhabi. Nestled on an island which is connected to the mainland only by a bridge, this place offers true seclusion from the noise of cities.

The island beach attracts sports fanatics too, because of its wealth of facilities available, including the 10 km cycle track, football and tennis courts, kayaking, and kite surfing. The 600-meter stretch was opened to the people in July last year and it is now one of the most impressive public beaches in Abu Dhabi.

Location: Hudariyat Island, Abu Dhabi

Timings: 9 am to 6 pm

Entry Fee: Free

Activities: Cycling, football, tennis, kayaking, and kite surfing

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08

Al Qurm Beach

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Al Qurm Beach

Escape the heat and hustle of modern city lives at one of the most beautiful beaches in Abu Dhabi. Al Qurm, also known as Qurum beach is perfect for a day away from the worries of the modern lifestyle.

Sunbathe on the powdery sand, watch the golden sunset, and enjoy your chilled cocktail. The clear waters of the Gulf of Oman are perfect for a swim, and you can also try water sports activities like jet skiing, parasailing, and kayaking. Explore the fascinating marine life with snorkelling and scuba diving, or simply take a stroll along the immaculate shoreline.

Timings:
9 am to 6 pm

Entry Fee: DHS 20

Activities: Jet skiing, parasailing, kayaking, snorkelling, scuba diving.

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09

The Austrians Beach

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It may not be the most popular of Abu Dhabi beaches, but The Austrians is certainly one of the most beautiful coastlines on Yas Island. Its secluded location calls out to all those weary souls that want to do nothing but put up a hammock and relax in the sun.

You can also go swimming in the crystal clear waters and try parasailing and jet skiing. Yas Island is home to some of the most vibrant marine life and coral reefs, so snorkelling and scuba diving are a true delight here.

Before you leave, make sure you catch a glimpse of the tangerine sun setting over turquoise waters - one of the most spellbinding views you will ever witness.

Location: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Timings: 10 am to 6 pm

Entry Fee: DHS 30

Activities: Parasailing, jet skiing, scuba diving

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10

WaveBreaker Beach

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When it’s time to soak in the Sun with chilled beers in hand, look no beyond WaveBreaker Beach. Hit the beach and dip your toes in the near-white sand as cool breeze blows across your face.

The sunsets are scenic, and you can make it more enjoyable by visiting the beachside restaurants and munching on some delicious grills and food, coupled with pints of chilled beer. That’s not all! Indulge in beach volleyball with your friends and make the most of the memorable evening at the beach.

Location: Jumeirah Beach

Timings: 10 am to 11 pm

Activities: Sunbathing, wine and dine, beach volley

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22 February 2020
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22 February 2020
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22 February 2020
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