13 of the best places to go swimming in Abu Dhabi
No holiday sensation can ever beat that first toe-dip in the water, and Abu Dhabi is blessed with pristine beachfronts and the finest swimming pools for you to while away.
Whether you’re looking for a tranquil spot to cool off or a place to get in some lengths, find it in our guide to some of Abu Dhabi’s best places to swim.
Open water swimming
Saadiyat Island is considered one of the most beautiful places in the UAE, and that goes for its beaches too. Saadiyat Beach, located next to the Park Hyatt Hotel, stretches for 400 metres along the island’s natural shoreline and it's a perfect place for open water swimming. Take a dip into the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf or simply relax and lounge on the beach’s white sand. While you’re there, keep your eyes peeled for the Hawksbill turtles, who use the beach as their nesting ground.
Entry fee ranges from AED 15 - AED 25.
Al Bateen Beach
The family-friendly Al Bateen Beach has picturesque views over Hudayriat Island, an open ocean for swimming, and an array of watersport activities to dive into. At the beach’s watersports centre, you can take out kayaks, pedalos and even jet-skis. For women looking for a private swim area, the Al Bateen Beach for Women is located at the southern end of the shore.
Free entry and free parking are available.
In the heart of Abu Dhabi city centre is the immaculate Corniche Beach, a paradise where you can spend your whole day swimming in the ocean, playing volleyball and snorkelling. There are dedicated family areas and quiet zones for those who are looking for a more peaceful environment. At the end of the day, you’ll be treated to incredible sunset views over the Arabian Gulf and Abu Dhabi Islands.
Entrance is AED 10 for adults and AED 5 for children.
Swimming at health clubs
St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
At the St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, you’ll find the St Regis Athletics Club where passionate swimmers of all ages can take advantage of the heated indoor pool. The pool is set up for laps, with private classes also available. After your lengths you can get some sun at the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool or unwind at the Iridium Spa.
Facilities are available to the resort’s guests and Mazaya and Privilee cardholders.
The InterContinental Bayshore is loaded with premium health and sports facilities for fitness fans. Their state-of-the-art gym has a grand pool to get in your daily lengths as well as cardio and strength areas. After your workout, you can enjoy treatments in the day spa or relax at the infinity pool, which also features a swim-up bar.
Admissions for day guests range from AED 129 - AED 150.
Beach club swimming pools
Saadiyat Beach Club
If you’re looking for the ultimate beach and pool combination, look no further than Saadiyat Beach Club. Comfortable sun loungers line its stunning swimming pool, which opens up directly onto the beach. Relax with the club’s selection of restaurants and lounges that serve everything from creative cocktails to Mediterranean classics.
Daily club passes are available from AED 120 - AED 200. Kids under 6 go free.
Yas Island is packed with luxury hotels and some of the city’s most beautiful swimming pools. But did you know that guests of Yas Island’s hotels also have complimentary access to Yas Beach? The lush sands of Yas Beach can be your next getaway after all the excitement of Yas Island’s other attractions. Enjoy the infinity pool, lounge in a private chalet or head over to one of the bars or restaurants.
Complimentary access to guests of hotels on Yas Island.
Radisson Beach Club and Spa
Radisson Beach Club and Spa is your inner-city retreat, located on a private stretch of Corniche Beach with views of Abu Dhabi’s iconic skyline. The club makes for the perfect family daycation with its sun lounger-lined beach, wellness and spa facilities that offer facial and body treatments, and a fitness centre with Zumba and spinning classes.
Entry is AED 150 on weekdays and AED 200 on the weekend. AED 100 of your entry fee can be used as credit on food and beverage.
Cafe Del Mar
An infinity pool, swim-up pool bar and incredible DJs - that's what you get at Cafe Del Mar. The club’s Ibiza roots are on full display along the shores of Yas Bay Waterfront, with exceptional bites, cocktails and even a man made beach! What more do you need for a day by the pool?
Day passes are AED 250 on weekdays and AED 350 on the weekend. Hilton Abu Dhabi, Yas Island guests can access for free.
Unique spots to swim in Abu Dhabi
Anantara Eastern Mangroves
For a unique daycation, consider taking a dip at the Anantara Eastern Mangroves. From the hotel’s luxurious infinity pool you’ll be able to gaze across the protected mangrove forest and admire the local wildlife. And when the sun sets, tuck into the hotel’s exquisite range of food and beverage options.
Day passes start from AED 150.
Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri
Shangri-La is known for its opulence, luxury and comfort. The Qaryat Al Beri’s infinity pool is all that and more, with stunning panoramic views of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque for swimmers to enjoy. When you’re done feasting the eyes, sample the mouthwatering menu or treat yourself to a break in the hotel’s renowned spa, CHI.
Day passes range between AED 200 - AED 250 per adult.
Zaya Nurai Island
Make a private island your home at Zaya Nurai. The island is a 10-minute boat ride from Saadiyat Island and welcomes guests looking for a super luxurious, boutique experience. Swim on the shores of the secluded island’s perfect beaches, and make sure you visit the world-class spas and dining options too.
Day passes are AED 480, which includes credit towards food and beverage and a return boat transfer.
Prepare for a day of pure luxury at Emirates Palace. There are two beautiful swimming pools, a waterpark for kids and 1.3 km of pristine beachfront at this hotel, regarded as one of the UAE’s best. Whether you’re a couple looking to swim and relax or a family ready to release some energy, there’s something for everyone here.
Adult passes start from AED 295 and kids’ passes start from AED 150.