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Best Abu Dhabi Beaches - Top Beaches in Abu Dhabi

While Abu Dhabi's reputation as a leisure hub is undisputed, very few tourists are aware of just how many stunning beaches there are in this desert hub. From scenic city beaches to more secluded seaside havens, here's a rundown of Abu Dhabi most captivating beaches.

1

Saadiyat Beach

Open to visitors from 8 am to 6.15 pm, Saadiyat Beach is one of the most beautiful public beaches in Abu Dhabi. Lined with sunbeds and a popular cafeteria, visitors can easily spend the entire day in this breathtaking corner of the city. The Saadiyat Public Beach also holds the distinct honour of being the only beach that has not been altered by human development. Ideal for families with children, wining and dining on the reasonably priced meals and snacks at the cafeteria is a great way to spend some quality time at this picturesque beach.

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Corniche Beach

Whether one is based at the Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara or any other Abu Dhabi spa resort, the stunning Corniche Beach is hard to miss. Often regarded as the city's favourite recreational hub once the sun goes down, those who venture down to the Corniche can also take a dip in this seaside sanctuary that's supervised by lifeguards. Open from 8 am to 8 pm, Corniche Beach is as well-known for its sanitary facilities and restaurants as it is for its spectacular views. Don't be surprised to find jellyfish occupying the waters close to the beach when you venture into the water.

3

Yas Beach

Ranked among the best beaches in Abu Dhabi for a morning or afternoon stroll, Yas Beach is another family-friendly beach option for those based in the desert metropolis. Surrounded by restaurants and snack vendors, the beach area offers plenty of activities for beachgoers of all ages. Yas Beach opens its gates to the public at 10 am and closes around 7 pm and its location on Yas Island makes it all the more enticing for those who are heading to Ferrari World and other theme parks in the area.

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Al Sahil Beach

Travellers in search of a tranquil and low-key beach paradise in Abu Dhabi will find no finer alternative to Al Sahil Beach. The views are just as breathtaking as the clarity of the water in this beach hub that's perfect for a picnic or a day out with friends or family.

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Al Mirfa Beach

Another relatively crowd-free beach in Abu Dhabi, the white and sandy Al Mirfa Beach is where the annual Al Gharbia Watersports Festival is held. Those who love to shop can head inland and scour the shops located in the nearby town while those with a passion for water sports will also find plenty to write home about at Al Mirfa Beach. Some of the best water-bound activities available at the venue include kiteboarding, kayaking, wakeboarding, and surf skiing.

6

Al Bateen Beach

Arguably the finest beach in Abu Dhabi, Al Bateen Beach is open to beachgoers from 8 am to 7 pm. Swimming and beach volleyball are some of the most popular activities accessible to tourists here.