Corniche Beach

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The Corniche which includes a square or plaza, a high rise building and modern architecture

From sand to surf to skyscrapers, take in the beauty of Abu Dhabi from this impressive avenue that stretches along the city’s waterfront.

Sweeping along the coast of Abu Dhabi is The Corniche. Follow this impressive road, which curves along 5 miles (8 kilometers) of manicured waterfront, past cycle and pedestrian pathways, playgrounds, cafés, restaurants and popular Corniche Beach.

For residents of Abu Dhabi, The Corniche is an integral part of their everyday lives. As well as being an important thoroughfare, it offers a relaxing contrast to the city’s frenetic business and shopping districts. Cool off amid the lush and immaculately manicured gardens that line the boulevard. Join local joggers and cyclists as they use the dedicated pathways, or mingle with Emirati families in the many playgrounds.

At the eastern end of The Corniche sit some of the city’s tallest and most impressive skyscrapers including The Landmark and Nation Towers. Emirates Palace, a luxury hotel, also sits at the southern end. Lulu Island, a man-made island that is reachable only by private boat, sits opposite.

For visitors, Corniche Beach is the main attraction along The Corniche. The beach has the coveted Blue Flag status, an internationally acclaimed award for beaches with exceptionally clean and safe water. While you can’t swim very far, the water is calm and there are always lifeguards on duty. After a swim, join in a game of beach volleyball or try your hand at watersports like kayaking or waterskiing. Take advantage of the beach’s many amenities including changing facilities, restrooms and showers, playgrounds and umbrella rentals. When it’s time to take a break from the sun and sand, visit a variety of cafés and shops.

The Corniche gets fairly crowded during rush hour, but it is a great way to see the city in transit. If you wish to stop and explore the area on foot, there is plenty of free parking within a 5-minute walk of Corniche Beach. Another popular way to explore the area is by bicycle. There are a variety of bicycles available for rent, including mountain bikes and even tandems.

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Shreaton Al Khalidiya Hotel
Shreaton Al Khalidiya Hotel
4 out of 5
Zayed 1st street, Khalidiya area, Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
The price is $80 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in Abu Dhabi City Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Abu Dhabi Corniche and Corniche Beach. Marina Mall and Abu Dhabi Mall are also within ...
3.5/5Good! (282 reviews)
"Staff was very friendly but Overwhelmed and alone at reception. Room: There is cockroach in the room. It’s unbelievable but I have pictures and I made a video. The WC doesn’t work correctly. It’s the second bad experience in Abu Dhabi. It’s seems to be a general problem here. I spent two nights in ..."

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2021

Shreaton Al Khalidiya Hotel
Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
5 out of 5
West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi
The price is $216 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Nestled on the beach, this Abu Dhabi hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Abu Dhabi Corniche and Corniche Beach. Marina Mall is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.
4.7/5Exceptional! (785 reviews)
"I loved everything about The Emirates Palace! I am so excited about coming back again! Thao made our entire stay very special! She is absolutely fantastic! She did everything for us. We just love her! Also, her fellow co worker Angel or Angelina, walked us to our room after we checked in. The manager ..."

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2021

Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
5 out of 5
Nation Towers, Corniche, Abu Dhabi
The price is $191 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
Located in Abu Dhabi, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Abu Dhabi Corniche and Marina Mall. Heritage Village and Qasr Al ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (441 reviews)
Fabulous
"This hotel is fabulous and strongly recommended. The stuff was super kind and professional. The location is amazing and the hotel offers all the facilities needed for a perfect vaction even for those who don't want to leave the hotel."

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2021

The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
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Oryx Hotel
Oryx Hotel
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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The price is $216 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
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5 out of 5
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The price is $191 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
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Shreaton Al Khalidiya Hotel
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4 out of 5
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The price is $80 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
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Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers
Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers
5 out of 5
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The price is $135 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
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5 out of 5
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The price is $125 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 29
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InterContinental Abu Dhabi, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
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The price is $109 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
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