Walking Through the Natural Beach Sand of The Corniche, Abu Dhabi

The Corniche at Abu Dhabi is one of the most iconic locations in Abu Dhabi. It forms a sweeping curve on the western side of the main Abu Dhabi Island. The beach was created using tons and tons of natural beach sand. Having a walk or leisurely stroll is perhaps one of the best things you can do while in Abu Dhabi.

The broad walk at the seaside is approximately 4 miles in length. There are beautiful gardens, dotted benches, paved walkways and aesthetic view of the Arabian Gulf. It is an ideal stretch for an evening stroll.

Abu Dhabi Corniche Seaplane View

Abu Dhabi Corniche Seaplane View

The entire Corniche is very well lit, clean and is always full of hustle bustle. It is pretty safe for women and children. The Corniche walkways offer you a leisurely walk area and you can easily walk from the different Corniche hotels right to the Heritage Village or the Marina Mall. The Abu Dhabi Corniche public beach is free for all.

With its generous promenade and stretches of white sand, this beach is the best destination for its recreation and picnic purposes. The dedicated cycle tracks, children’s play areas, and pedestrian pathways also add for the entertainment of the audience. The landscaped gardens add to its beauty.

These gardens are very popular in the winter months. It provides relief from the scorching heat of the sun during summer. Many refreshments are available for the public as well. The Corniche Beach is also known as a lifeguarded beach park.

Abu Dhabi Corniche

Abu Dhabi Corniche


Apart from the mainstream beach, there is also one family beach along the iconic Corniche. This family beach extends from the Hilton Hotel to beyond Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street. The main entrance is located there. The entrance here is chargeable. A plethora of cafes surrounds the area. There are also many ice cream shops to satisfy the sweet tooth of people.

The beach also houses a number of volleyball courts. A separate playground has been made especially for the kids. One of the best options is that you can even rent umbrellas here. So whenever there is an untimely downpour and if you are not a pluviophile, you can always find umbrellas for your protection.

There are a number of ways to explore this beach. Walking is the best but not the only option. A fun and healthy option to tour Corniche is to hire a bike. You can rent a normal or a geared bike from Funride Sports. Funride is located in the south-western region of the Corniche, right outside the Hilton Beach Club.

For the convenience of the riders, there are a number of stations. These stations are less consistently open, especially near the Al Sahil gardens which are approximately a third of the way along the lengthy cycle track for the public.

Beautiful Abu Dhabi Corniche

Beautiful Abu Dhabi Corniche


Apart from bikes, people can also rent sunbeds and towels. These materials are available from the various Corniche beaches which are run by the Bake UAE. One thing that you must remember is to take a bottle of water with you.

The stretches are long and the eastern part of the Corniche offers limited amenities. There are many long stretches without any shade and you may want to take rest in between.

The inland of the Corniche is full of sheesha cafes. These cafes become highly exuberant at the night time when a number of families visit them. The local families visit these cafeterias in order to get some respite from the scorching and sweltering heat of the summer months. However, on the cool winter nights, the families come here to cluster around the mobile heaters that are so commonly used in these cafes.

Walking Through the Natural Beach Sand of The Corniche, Abu Dhabi 1

Winding Up

Overall, the Corniche is that one spot that you cannot miss when you are in Abu Dhabi. It is one of the most peaceful recreational destinations in Abu Dhabi. This pristine beachfront has been awarded coveted Blue Flag status. Millions of people visit it on a yearly basis.

If you are a fitness freak, this beach is all the more good for you because you can engage yourself in a number of fitness activities like playing volleyball, cycling, running on the jogging track etc. This destination is recommended to visitors for its cleanliness, turquoise clear water, and aesthetic views.

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