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Best private beaches and beach clubs in Abu Dhabi

You're spoilt for choice when it comes to great public beaches and beach clubs in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi. So depending on whether you're looking for the best sandy spot for children or somewhere to escape the week's stress, here's some firm favorites to choose from. Read on to discover the best beaches in Abu Dhabi:

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The best beach clubs and private beaches in Abu Dhabi are:

  • Corniche Beach Abu Dhabi
  • Saadiyat Public Beach
  • Intercontinental Abu Dhabi Bayshore Beach Club
  • Al Bateen Beach
  • Hilton Abu Dhabi Beach Club
  • Nation Riviera Beach Club
  • Mirfa Beach
  • Beach Rotana Beach Club
  • Saadiyat Beach Club

Plan your trip to Abu Dhabi and discover some of the best beach clubs for your vacation:

1. Corniche Beach Abu Dhabi

After undergoing a major face-lift in recent years, the Corniche Road beach is well deserving of a spot in the list of the beach beaches in Abu Dhabi. It runs from near the Hilton Hotel at the Emirates Palace end of the Corniche up to beyond Khaleej Al Arabi street. As well as the public stretches of sand, there’s a few areas managed by BAKE, a management company that operate a designated family and quiet zone (Gate 2), family and children zone (Gate 3) and singles, groups and bachelors section (Al Sahil Beach). You can rent towels or one of the 600 sun loungers or 27 family cabanas. Arrive early though, they go quickly!

Need to know: The beach has Blue Flag status which certifies the cleanliness of the sand and water.

Opening hours are from 8am to 8pm. Entrance to the BAKE beaches is AED10 for adults and AED5 for children.

2. Saadiyat Public Beach

Also managed by BAKE, there’s 300 sun loungers and full shower facilities where you can rent towels and lockers at Saadiyat Public Beach.

There’s also a beach cafe, shop (to pick up a bucket and spade!) and lifeguards to keep an eye on the swimmers. BAKE organize weekly yoga classes on the sand too; very popular with residents and visitors to Saadiyat so arrive early if you want a spot at the front of the class.

Opening hours are from 8am to Sunset. Entrance is AED25 for adults and AED15 for 5 to 12 year-olds.

3. Intercontinental Abu Dhabi Bayshore Beach Club

The Bayshore Beach Club at the Intercontinental Abu Dhabi is more expensive to get into than the public beaches, but it’s still one of the cheaper options.

For AED100 for men and Dh50 for women on Saturdays to Thursdays (AED200 and AED100 on Friday and UAE public holidays) you get access to the 300m of private beach, an infinity pool with a swim-up bar, large jacuzzi, a shady children’s pool and a health club with a great view of the water. There’s also often promotions available so check here for any deals.

Opening hours are from 8pm to Sunset. A day pass costs from AED50.

Looking for more to do in the capital? Read our article on The Best Things to do in Abu Dhabi All Year Round.

4. Al Bateen Beach

This Blue Flag beach has a different vibe to most of the other beaches in Abu Dhabi and is popular with locals who like to fish. This means you should be conscious about what you’re wearing, as well as eating and drinking, as it has a much greater family vibe.

At 800m it’s a lot bigger than some of the other beaches, meaning more room to spread your towel and picnic. There’s changing and shower facilities as well as bathrooms and a beach watersports center where you can hire paddle boards, kayaks and more. There’s a ladies-only strip of beach which costs AED25 for adults and AED5 for children aged 3 to 12 (note, boys older than 6 are not allowed to enter).

Opening hours are from 8am until sunset. Admission to the general beach is free. The ladies-only beach is open from 10am to 10pm but swimming is only permitted until sunset.

5. Hilton Abu Dhabi Beach Club

The Hiltonia Beach Club is a bit of an Abu Dhabi institution and you’re unlikely to find a resident who hasn’t been there! It’s located at the Marina Mall end of the Corniche Road West and connects directly to the hotel on the other side of the highway via a subway.

It’s a good beach for families and children because there’s a covered outdoor swimming pool and a Kid’s Club for the over 3s. There’s also a shallow family pool with two slides, and a pool specifically for toddlers. What more could you (or the children) want?

Opening hours are from 8am to 8pm. A weekday day pass is AED120 for adults, Dh200 for a couple, and AED60 for children between 5 and 15. Weekend prices are AED170 for adults, AED290 for a couple, and AED75 for children between 5 and 15.

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6. Nation Riviera Beach Club

This is one of the newer and pricier Abu Dhabi beach clubs (no surprise given it’s attached to The St. Regis Abu Dhabi). For the AED200 admission price you’ll get access to 200m of beach and a lap-pool right by the water, cabanas for shade, a jacuzzi and a swim-up bar so you don’t even need to dry off to get a drink! The Nation Riviera Beach Club is also home to one of the city’s most popular eateries: Asia de Cuba. It’s open for lunch from 12pm to 3pm and then from 6pm onwards for dinner. It’s the perfect spot for dinner once the sun goes down.

Opening hours are from 6am to 10pm (you’ll need to get out the water when the sun goes down). A day pass is AED300 on weekdays and AED400 on weekends.

7. Mirfa Beach

If you wanted to make more of your trip to the beach than just a day visit, pack your tent and beach towel and head to Mirfa Beach in the Abu Dhabi Western Region. The reward will be even greater if you’re able to go on a week day when most other people will be stuck in the office. The beach is where the annual Al Gharbia Watersports Festival is held but it is transformed back to a quiet beach oasis once the festival ends. It has been developed to an extent but has retained much of its charm regardless, securing it a spot in our list of Abu Dhabi’s best beaches. You can buy firewood at one the roadside stalls on the way if you want to cook your dinner on the beach.

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8. Beach Rotana Beach Club

It might be one of the older contenders for the title of best beach in Abu Dhabi. There’s 120m of private beach with sun loungers and umbrellas – essential in the UAE sun. There’s a supervised children’s club if you want the little ones to burn some energy while you reserve yours, as well as a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi for the adults. Plenty of watersports are on offer if you want to earn your sundowner drink at one of the beach club’s two bars.

Opening hours are from 6pm to 11pm and a day pass is AED150 per person or AED230 for a couple on weekdays, and AED210 per person or AED310 for a couple on a weekend. Children under 5 are free and a child’s day pass costs AED90.

9. Saadiyat Beach Club

This is another of Abu Dhabi’s best beach clubs if you want a full day of luxury. There’s private cabanas overlooking the ocean and pool as well as a solid selection of restaurants and bars. Unlike some of the beach views in the city, this one is of uninterrupted ocean so you really get a sense of tranquility. If you’re lucky you might spot a dolphin or two in the water!

Opening hours for the pool and loungers are from 8am until sunset, and from 9am at the beach. The workout room and spa are open until 8pm. A weekday single day pass costs AED250 (AED375 at weekends).

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