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Explore the 5 Best Beaches in Abu Dhabi - For the Beach Bum in You

Beachside destinations might not be the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of a trip to Abu Dhabi, but here are the best beaches you will find in this city.


The Corniche Public Beach

This is a beach that is located around the western part of the Emirates Palace. Apart from the beaches that belong to the private beach clubs in Abu Dhabi, this entire stretch of beach is open to the general public. Shockingly clean, this beach has also been awarded the blue fly status. The park that is found near the beach has no entrance fee and offers various changing room and shower facilities along with cafes and restaurants for you to chill at. A beach is also a safe place at any time of the day because it is well patrolled and looked after by lifeguards and policemen. This place is an ideal destination for spending a fun family day where you can have a picnic and also partake in a few games like beach volleyball or beach football. Also, there is a beach managed area that is partitioned off just for families and you will be able to relax there with a small entrance fee.


Saadiyat Public Beach

This is a well-organised family beach that is complete with sun loungers and more relaxing attributes. All kinds of travellers will find that the locker and towel rentals are convenient as well as clean. You will also have changing and shower rooms here. If you are put up at one of the closer Abu Dhabi beach resorts the likes of Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort, you could drop by this beach if you fancy a bit of yoga.


Al Bateen Beach

This beach is yet another popular place frequented by both the locals in Abu Dhabi and ex-pat population that lives there. Travellers to this country also seem to love this place a lot. This beach offers lovely calm water along with amazing views. The beach stretches for about 800 metres long. From the beach, you will be able to take a look at the mighty bridge which connects Abu Dhabi to the isolated island beyond. You will also be able to enjoy plenty of activities on the beach, like taking a kayaking tour or going on a paddleboat ride. This beach is open from 8 a.m. and shuts down at sunset.


Nurai Beach

If you want a beach day with complete luxury, you really must try to get to this beach when you are in Abu Dhabi. You will be able to get yourself a day pass to visit the beach, and to get to this sandy beach, you will have to be on a 10 to a 15-minute boat ride. The moment you land on this beach, you will be given a complimentary drink. Getting a day pass to this Island beach means you can use the fabulous infinity pool and roam the gorgeous sands in the beaches.


Public Parks and Beaches

Though most beaches in Abu Dhabi are owned by resorts and hotels, you could also have a choice of public beaches and beach parks if your stay in the city does not come with its own beach space.