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Sun-kissed days of laying by the beach with brochure-blue waters may seem like a dream, but at Nurai Island Abu Dhabi, it is a reality. In just a scenic 15-minute boat ride from Abu Dhabi and a 60-minute journey from Downtown Dubai, you will arrive in this pocket of paradise.

Derived from the Arabic word ‘Nur’ (meaning ‘light’), you may have to rub your eyes a couple of times to really take in the magnificent sights: the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf, powder-white soft sand beaches and beautiful architecture immersed in nature. A place to retreat where you can unwind solo, a destination to spend time with family or an epic vacation to cherish with friends - this island is an answer to all that and more!

Stay on the Island

Stretch your days a bit longer by seeking the ultimate rest and relaxation at Zaya Nurai Island. Truly a jewel in Abu Dhabi’s crown, check into either beach villas, beach houses, water villas, sea view houses or the stunning 5-bedroom Estate Villa on this ultra-luxurious island resort.

From an indulgent massage that will activate or deactivate all your senses at the Nurai Spa to enjoying a list of watersports (think scuba diving, fly-fishing and more), there isn’t a single moment to be bored. If you prefer your feet on land, there are bikes outside your villa that you can ride to explore the lush greenery or gather your crew for a sweet game of beach volleyball. Apart from building sandcastles, there is a dedicated kids club and a waterpark for your little ones to release their boundless energy while giving you time to just be.

Being in the sun can work up your appetite, but don’t fret! The island has five remarkable dining venues where you can enjoy an idyllic experience. The best part? The restaurants are open to residents and non-residents, but you must book in advance.

Stay on the Island

Spend a day on the island

If you plan on just visiting for the day, don’t be surprised if you end your visit with a deep longing to stay back and continue soaking in the peaceful vibes. Pre-book a day pass to the island, including a boat transfer and beach and pool access and pack a small bag with your beachside essentials. The day pass is priced at AED 750, of which AED 550 is redeemable against food and beverage, spa and activities.

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Frequently asked questions about Nurai Island

You can reach the amazing facilities of Nurai Island via a complimentary boat transfer from the Zaya Nurai Welcome Centre on Saadiyat Island.

Even if you’re not staying at the resort, you’ll be pleased to know that you can visit the resort's many restaurants and purchase day passes to enjoy the pool and beach facilities.

The only hotel on the island is the Zaya Nurai Island resort, however, private bookings can be made at some of the island's luxury villas.

Getting to Nurai Island from Dubai is very easy! Follow the Sheikh Zayed E11 route and drive toward the Abu Dhabi exit. Exit at the 34B interchange towards E12. Once on E12, head in the direction of Abu Dhabi. Take Exit 14 (Saadiyat Beach Club). From the stoplight, turn left, take the first right turn and drive towards the shoreline until you reach the Welcome Centre.