Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi
Looking to soak up Abu Dhabi’s famous year-round sunshine? The immaculate Corniche Beach is one of the best places to do it. This beautiful beach isn’t just home to turquoise water and soft, white sand, it also has a beautiful seaside boardwalk, with well-kept walkways home to manicured gardens and benches overlooking the picturesque Arabian Gulf.
The 2km beach is divided into three sections: Al Sahil (Gate 4, free entry) is perfect for singles and larger groups, Gate 2 is ideal for families and has its own quiet zone, with Gate 3 also being great for families and kids. The two latter beaches are shielded from view with a fence. Showers, changing rooms and cabanas are available, and sun loungers and umbrellas can be hired for a fee. A lifeguard is on duty until sunset.
Feel like getting active? Take a stroll to the nearby children’s play area, or check out the cycle and pedestrian pathways and free sports facilities, including five volleyball courts, two football pitches and three playing fields. Get into the beautiful blue ocean with a snorkelling experience and discover local aquatic life. If all that activity works up an appetite, you’ll find several cafés and restaurants nearby.
The turquoise sea and swaying palm trees make this spotlessly maintained Blue Flag public beach an unexpected gem in the heart of the UAE capital. Entrance is AED 10 for adults and AED 5 for children. Kids under five go free. You’ll pay AED 25 per sun lounger.
From Corniche Beach you can take in views of Lulu Island and one of the tallest flagpoles in the world waving beside the Marina Mall. You can also get out on the water, rent a boat or jet ski off the Corniche and soak up majestic views of the Abu Dhabi skyline.
The beach has a northwesterly view which means you'll be in the perfect position for sunset. Get ready to capture perfect shots for social media.