Mangrove National Park

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Adjacent to Abu Dhabi city centre in the waters of the Arabian Gulf lies the sprawling Mangrove National Park, a jewel in the UAE capital’s crown. The mangroves are free to visit, although there are some great tours and excursions worth checking out. A two-hour kayak tour would cost roughly AED 160, however, the Anantara Eastern Mangroves Hotel, where tours operate, has more information about ticket prices.


The Mangroves National Park is an ideal place for families, bird watchers and photographers looking to escape the bustle of the city for a few hours. The breathtaking reserve is one of the UAE's most important ecological assets, protected by the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD). The park constitutes about 75 per cent of the total mangrove forest area in the UAE and is a biodiversity hotspot that includes salt marshes, mudflats, and algal communities.


The mangrove’s indigenous trees protect the region against tidal surges, purify the surrounding water and effectively remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. And while the mangrove protects life outside its borders, there is an also abundance of life inside. Crabs, turtles, herons, flamingos and fish live alongside larger creatures like foxes, dugongs and dolphins.


There are many ways you can experience the Abu Dhabi mangroves. Browse our recommendations below to experience the wildlife and fauna to the fullest.

Natural Luxury

Stay in the Mangroves

You can make the mangroves your temporary home by staying at the luxurious Anantara Eastern Mangroves Hotel which was designed to match the beauty of the landscape. Enjoy glorious views of the wilderness from the comfort of your room.

Stay in the Mangroves
Water-based activities

Kayaking in the Mangroves

One of the best ways to discover this peaceful landscape is by kayaking, with the park offering myriad channels to venture down. Don’t forget your camera!

Kayaking in the Mangroves
Relax with a view

Lounge over the Mangroves

Savour the beauty of the mangroves from one of Abu Dhabi’s most stylish lounges. Take in panoramic views of the national park from the Impressions lounge, atop the Anantara Eastern Mangroves Hotel.

Lounge over the Mangroves