Abu Dhabi

Sand And The City: A Long Weekend In Abu Dhabi

Desert retreats, beaches and malls. Abu Dhabi is the perfect weekend escape


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Abu Dhabi has it all: pristine, white-sand beaches perfect for white-knuckle watersports and serene sunbathing; majestic desert landscapes that soothe the soul with their natural beauty; and the city itself, rising like an urban star over the Gulf coast. This jewel of the Arabian Gulf is an ideal getaway for a long weekend.


Couple walking on the beach


Just five minute’s drive from downtown Abu Dhabi is Saadiyat Island, home to the Zayed National Museum, the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the marina area, with its harbour, Maritime Museum and hotels. Head to Saadiyat Beach, arguably the most attractive stretch of sand in The Emirates to kick back and relax under the shade of a cabana, or dip your toes in the crystalline sea waters.

On the waterfront, Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort is a love letter to Abu Dhabi’s azure coast. With its bright interiors and three stunning pools, it overlooks 400m of white sandy beaches. Spend a day unwinding here, have a massage or doze in the shade.

Jumeirah at saadiyat island resort pool view


Away from the quiet of the desert and the relaxation of the beach, the bright lights and atmosphere of the city call those looking for energy, cultural interest and lively metropolitan bustle. Here you’ll find the contemplative Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the high-octane roar of Ferrari World, and the hydrodynamic Yas Waterworld.

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Evening Skyline


Make your base in the superb air-conditioned suites of Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort.