Abu Dhabi beach holidays

Beach Holidays in Abu Dhabi 

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With soft sands, lapping waves and a raft of action-packed activities on offer, Abu Dhabi is the perfect place for a beach holiday. 

Visitors can choose from an array of beaches across the city, from sun-soaked downtown to the exciting waterfront’s of the capital’s offshore islands. If you’re looking to book a holiday where you can indulge in some relaxing sunbathing, take part in beachfront activities or tackle a variety water sports, Abu Dhabi has much to offer all kinds of visitors. 

Head down to Corniche Beach in Downtown to get involved with beach volleyball or relax in the peaceful private section. For island hopping, Saadiyat Island and Yas Island both offer pristine beaches and chances to get up close and personal with colourful underwater creatures. 

From glittering waters to tranquil stretches of sand, book an Abu Dhabi beach holiday for the perfect sunny getaway. 

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Beach holidays in Abu Dhabi guarantees glorious sunshine. Summer blazes all year in the UAE, including winter, so it’s ideal for those hoping to top up their tans.

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Water sports

Learn to surf, take to the waves in a kayak, paddle board or discover offshore reef life on a snorkelling trip.

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Perfect for kids

While you’re working on your tan, let the kids go wild in the playground. Many of Abu Dhabi’s beach holiday destinations feature fantastic play areas.  

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Marine life

Spot local wildlife from the shore. Head to Saadiyat Public Beach the chance to see hawksbill turtles making their way to the ocean.  

Where to stay

From skyscraper hotels offering beachfront views to sandy resorts mere steps from the sun loungers, there are plenty of beach resorts in Abu Dhabi. 

If you’re looking to stay in the heart of the action, downtown Abu Dhabi has plenty of choice right by Corniche Beach. You’ll wake to the sound of lapping waves and views of both the ocean and iconic city skyline. 

For a quieter experience, head to Saadiyat Island. The beaches here have a tropical feel and the hotels are stylish and sophisticated. There’s also regular shuttle buses and plenty of taxis to explore experiences and attractions further afield. 

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Abu Dhabi is the ultimate destination for beach holidays, with a different stretch of sand to please everyone. Whatever your preference, from snorkelling to sunbathing, Abu Dhabi’s beach offering has a shoreline to fit your dream escape.    

Those looking for beachfront glamour should visit Nuari Island, Abu Dhabi’s most exclusive beach. Perfect for snapping Instagram-worth photos, the beach features cosy boho-spots with colourful parasols and waterside spa. 

Families will love the Radisson Blu Beach Club, which covers the western end of Corniche Beach. The private pool boasts exhilarating waterslides and you can even grab a massage between swims. 

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Yas Beach

Yas Beach is a pristine stretch of white sand brimming with sun loungers. Find refreshments at the many beach cafes and food kiosks then rent a kayak or Jet Ski for the afternoon.     

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Saadiyat Beach Club

Reserve day access to one of Abu Dhabi’s most pristine beaches on Saadiyat Island. Take a dip in the turquoise sea, book a private cabana and enjoy food and drink brought direct to your sun lounger.

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Corniche Beach

Brilliantly located on the Corniche, the golden sands have space for everyone, with designated areas for couples or families. Cafes and restaurants are just moments away, offering refreshments. 

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Waters of the Gulf

Abu Dhabi is surrounded by the cobalt-coloured waters of the Arabian Gulf, which gives beachgoers the best opportunity to enjoy some exhilarating water activities. Many of the local beaches offer kayak, snorkelling and Jet Ski rentals, including Al Bateen Beach and the Beach Rotana Club. 

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Free shuttle

Hop aboard the free shuttle service for a stress-free ride to exciting Yas Island.

Sunset views

Head down to the pier at Corniche Beach towards the end of the day to take in spectacular sunset views over the Arabian Gulf. 

Sun protection

Abu Dhabi is known for sunshine and it can get particularly hot in the afternoon. Use plenty of sunscreen and rent a parasol early in the day to stay shaded. 

Kids go free

Some of Abu Dhabi’s beaches require a small admission fee for adults but will often be free to kids. 

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