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Best beaches in Abu Dhabi – Experience the serenity, the rhythm and the moods of the ocean

Have you realized that irrespective of age, the ocean holds a great attraction for humans? Thus, beaches are a sought-after holiday location. Abu Dhabi is on an island in the Persian Gulf, off the Central West Coast, uniquely positioned to offer a diverse beach experience to those who seek it.


An oasis in the desert

Boasting not only a pristine beach but also natural mangrove surroundings, Yas Beach is an oasis one can escape to. The whole atmosphere makes you unwind, become calm and in tune with tranquillity, serenity and be in harmony with nature. Guests staying at many other resorts in Abu Dhabi, choose to visit this oasis even for a fee, just for that experience. For those loving the sun, lounging at the beach with refreshments and bites, or having fun activities is also possible.


Create unforgettable memories

Treat yourselves to a memorable holiday at Nurai Island, considered a 'Jewel in Abu Dhabi's crown'. An exclusive beach just a 15-minute boat ride from the shores of Abu Dhabi, beholding a long-curved beach of gleaming white sand lapped up by pale turquoise waves. Apart from the beach activities, indulge your taste buds at the fine gourmet restaurants open to guests and visitors alike, quite like the restaurants at Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara. If you're staying at a different property, the dine-in bookings you make at Nurai would include complimentary boat transfers to and from the island.


Experience sunrise

Catch the breath-taking beauty of the sunrise, tread the clear water letting your toes sink in as you savour the start of the day, at the Corniche, this fabulous beach stretching for miles is ideal for an early morning walk too, with benches placed invitingly for you to rest awhile and gaze at the ocean. A swim in the Persian Gulf is an option at Corniche at certain sections with lifeguards being on duty.


Fun in the sun

An 800-metre waterfront holding the prestigious 'Blue Flag sustainability award', by the Emirates wildlife authority, Al Bateen Beach presents an inviting vista of well-maintained shoreline of golden sand and is a must-visit beach for families with children and those seeking water-based activity such as beach volleyball, jet-skiing, kayaking, paddling etc. The facilities and infrastructure are well maintained.


Spot the wildlife at the beach

Just a 10-minute drive from downtown Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Beach offers not only sun, sand, and water, it also offers wonderful waves making you feel in awe just watching them. If you are fortunate you get to spot the dolphins now and then, the dugongs and even turtles. Good outlets of food and drink and clean changing facilities are a boon to visitors.


Soak up a grand view of an Architectural Monument

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Beach is unique, not only due to the pristine white hue of the shore, inviting visitors for a relaxed day of leisure coupled with swimming and good food, but also due to its proximity to the iconic Sheikh Zayed Mosque which is a sight worth seeing.