ActivityA Local's Guide to Saadiyat Island

From incredible beaches to beautiful mosques, Saadiyat Island is a world-class leisure and cultural hub

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A natural island and world-class leisure and cultural hub with incredible views, Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi is home to premier cultural assets, incredible beaches and beautiful mosques. There is an array of wonderful activities to enjoy here, from exploring the Louvre Abu Dhabi to unwinding at the Saadiyat Beach Club.

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Rising above a sprawl of pristine sand and surrounded by the waters of the Arabian Gulf, the renowned Louvre Abu Dhabi is an art-lover’s dream. It displays works from ancient times, such as the Bactrian ‘princess’ dating from the late 3rd to early 2nd millennium BC, to works from the contemporary era, like Ai WeiWei’s Fountain of Light. The impressive building was designed by architect Jean Nouvel, who was inspired by the natural landscape as well as by Arab culture and Abu Dhabi. Topped by a huge geometric dome rendered in steel, it took eight years to build, and the surrounding white rectangular buildings represent a Middle Eastern medina.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Abu Dhabi’s largest mosque and a gleaming architectural marvel, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is filled with amethyst-and-jasper-embedded columns, white marble domes, reflective pools and gold-plated Swarovski chandeliers. Covering an area equivalent to nearly four football fields, its construction began in 1996 and took 12 years to complete. The opulent monument was designed by Syrian architect Yousef Abdelky and involved over 3,000 artisans and 38 construction companies. It also holds a Guinness World Record for the largest hand-woven carpet as well as having one of the largest chandeliers in a mosque. The hollows of its domes are beautifully etched with verses from the Quran in gold leaf lettering.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

 

Beach and Wellness Activities

Combining sophisticated contemporary design with unspoilt natural beauty, Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort’s pristine private beach offers activities to suit all ages. Our outdoor sparkling infinity pool is surrounded by private cabanas that seemingly float above the turquoise waters, and is equipped with stylish daybeds. You can also achieve your fitness goals with the help of expert personal trainers while marvelling at the beautiful views over the verdant gardens and the sea. If you’re feeling peckish, why not sample exceptional cuisine at White, a sustainable dining experience with entertaining live cooking stations. Make time to unwind with traditional therapies, a blissful hammam and more treatments at our luxurious island spa.

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club

Golf pros looking to perfect their swing can’t miss an opportunity to play at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, a six-minute drive from the resort. The superb par 72, Gary Player-designed course is set on the stunning coast of Saadiyat Island, overlooking the water and white sand beach. As the first beachfront course on the Arabian Gulf, it delivers a unique golfing experience, with each hole presenting its own challenges.

Saadiyat Golf Course on a sunny day

Warner Brothers World Abu Dhabi

The world’s first ever Warner Bros. branded indoor theme park, Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi transports guests to the lands of their favourite characters, with an array of exhilarating rides and family-friendly attractions providing an unforgettable adventure. There are rides and attractions for everyone: take in the prehistoric sights and sounds of Bedrock on the Flintstones Bedrock River Adventure, climb aboard iconic cartoon vehicles at the Cartoon Junction Carousel or hold tight on a high-speed, high-octane ride at the Batman Knight Flight.


Discover Saadiyat Island’s world-class museums, beautiful beaches and mind-blowing mosques when you stay at Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island resort.