Life's a beach: 11 of the best public beaches in Abu Dhabi

Life's a beach: 11 of the best public beaches in Abu Dhabi



Explore the capital's coastal gems and indulge in a range of activities.

Made up of over 200 islands, Abu Dhabi boasts countless beautiful beaches waiting to be discovered. And with the summer season approaching, these idyllic stretches of sand will offer respite from the scorching temperatures. With a plethora of activities to enjoy under the warm Arabian sun, here are the best beaches in Abu Dhabi for a day of pure fun in the sun.

Al Bahar Beach

Al Bahar Beach has plenty of leisure and entertainment options for the whole family. Home to Abu Dhabi's largest inflatable water park, AquaFun, you're in for the time of your life. At the location's various sports facilities, you can also play sports such as beach volleyball, basketball, and football. Fitness enthusiasts can enjoy outdoor workouts at the beachfront gym or join wellness classes at Bodytree Studio. After working up an appetite, choose from 20 cafes and restaurants offering a diverse range of cuisines.

Al Bahar beaches in Abu Dhabi

Al Bateen Beach

Al Bateen Beach offers a tranquil escape to the waterfront that's perfect for swimming and sports. Awarded the Blue Flag sustainability award, this beach boasts an 800-metre strip ideal for beach volleyball and kayaking. For females seeking privacy, Al Bateen Ladies Beach provides a dedicated space with strict safety measures and serene surroundings. After a day of relaxation by the sea, you can also visit Al Bateen Ladies Club or indulge in a culinary journey at the FACT award-winning tashas nearby in Al Bateen.

Al Bateen beaches in Abu Dhabi

Corniche Beach

Divided into sections, Corniche Beach offers a blend of relaxation and recreational activities. Families can enjoy the children's play area or explore the cycling and pedestrian pathways. You can also dive into the turquoise waters for snorkelling or simply unwind on a sun lounger. With a variety of cafes and restaurants nearby, including Catch at St. Regis and West Bay Lounge, satisfying your cravings at Corniche Beach is never a challenge.

Corniche beaches in Abu Dhabi

Heritage Village Beach

Nestled near Marina Mall, the Heritage Village beach offers more than sun and sand. While swimming might not be permitted in some parts, the panoramic views of the Corniche and Abu Dhabi's skyline are worth the visit. Take a leisurely stroll along the shoreline, explore traditional handicraft shops, and marvel at reconstructed ancient dwellings. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the museum, which showcases Abu Dhabi's maritime history and the region's pearl diving heritage.

Heritage Village

Hudayriyat Mar Vista Beach

Hudayriyat Mar Vista Beach offers a range of leisure activities from beach sports to outdoor gyms. Once home to pearl divers, it adds a historical and cultural element to your day out. Indulge in culinary delights at DRVN, Muncheeze or many other dining options or take to the cycling track or the soon-to-open Surf Abu Dhabi. With its rustic charm and scenic vistas, this beach is the perfect escape for those seeking a cultural experience by the sea.

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Kai Beach

Nestled on Saadiyat Island, Kai Beach (formally known as Saadiyat Public Beach) is a haven for those seeking solitude. With its turquoise waters and white sands, it's the ideal spot for a leisurely stroll or a day of sunbathing. Treat yourself to delicious treats at the MLT Food truck and unwind with a refreshing mocktail as you soak in the tranquillity of this hidden gem. On Fridays, only ladies are allowed to access Kai Beach.

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Lulu Island

Accessible only by private boat, Lulu Island offers a unique adventure off the coast of Abu Dhabi. With sand dunes and untouched beaches, it's the perfect place for jet skiing, swimming, and sunbathing. After a day of adventure, pack a picnic and enjoy delicious food while soaking in the serene surroundings.

beaches in Abu Dhabi

Mirfa Beach

Away from the crowds, Mirfa Beach offers a peaceful retreat. Here, two hours from the capital, you can enjoy a range of water sports activities or simply relax by having a picnic on the shore. Don't miss the annual Al Dhafra Watersports Festival, which showcases the area's natural beauty and provides entertainment for the whole family.

Mirfa Beach Abu Dhabi

Sir Bani Yas Beach

Sir Bani Yas Beach offers a one-of-a-kind experience, blending luxury amenities with breathtaking wildlife encounters. Explore the Arabian Wildlife Park on the island, home to thousands of free-roaming animals, or embark on a cultural tour to discover ancient ruins and historical sites. After a day of adventure at the beach, dine at Olio or Savannah Grill for a memorable meal.

Sir Bani Yas

Soul Beach Saadiyat

Soul Beach Saadiyat allows you to relax in style while overlooking the pristine waters that lay ahead. With refreshments directly to your sunbed, you get to bask in the sun without a care in the world. Plus, with Mamsha al Saadiyat nearby, culinary delights are always within reach at places like Antonia, the FACT award-winning NIRI or the recently opened TOTÓ.

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Yas Beach

Yas Beach (also known as Cyan Beach promises a serene retreat with its crystal-clear waters and mangrove surroundings. Whether you're looking for family fun or a peaceful afternoon by the infinity pool, Yas Beach caters to every mood, offering an enchanting retreat on the paradisal island. 

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