Spanning 8km of shimmering Gulf waterfront, Abu Dhabi Corniche is the city’s definitive hangout for locals and tourists alike. With an elegant promenade, pristine beaches, alluring cafes and manicured parks, it’s little wonder the coastal walkway is such a draw. Whether you’re after a fun-fuelled family day out, a romantic evening stroll, or simply a place to relax, our guide to Abu Dhabi Corniche will point you to its superlative spots.
A powdery stretch of white sand sloping down to inviting turquoise waters, Corniche Beach is a sublime place to spend the day. Awarded Blue Flag status, it’s immaculately clean and spans half the Corniche’s length. The beach is sectioned into different areas for families and singles, and there are plenty of sun loungers, umbrellas and beach towels available to hire. Watersports are a real draw here and you’ll find jet ski and boat rental stations at both ends of Corniche Beach.
Punctuating the far western corner of Abu Dhabi Corniche, you can’t miss the dazzling Breakwater, home to two of Abu Dhabi’s biggest attractions – Marina Mall and Heritage Village. One of the city’s number one entertainment complexes, Marina Mall includes a bowling alley, ice rink and cineplex, as well as designer brands to shop such as Prada and Valentino. Stepping back into old-world Arabia, Heritage Village is an impressively authentic reconstruction of a pre-oil-era UEA enclave. Its open-air museum includes a campfire with traditional coffee pots and a tent made from goats’ hair.
A cycle path spans the entire length of Abu Dhabi Corniche, from the Breakwater all the way to the eastern tip. Take advantage of the many bike hire stations dotted along the strip and cruise along the front to soak up the scenery as you pedal.
Al Lulu Island
Directly opposite the Corniche, Al Lulu Island is a manmade yet undeveloped stretch of sand. If you’re seeking to escape the crowds, it’s a haven of tranquility amid Abu Dhabi’s bustling metropolis. You can hire or charter boats there and throw down a towel to unwind in relative solitude.
Eat & drink
Beachfront ice-cream parlours. Laid-back shisha cafés. Stylish terrace restaurants. There are endless places to eat and drink around Abu Dhabi Corniche. The far western corner of Corniche Beach has a cluster of excellent options, such as fresh seafood at Catch or fresh juices and salads at Marl’s Organic. Overlooking the seafront, Rosina Bellina offers fine Italian dining with al-fresco views, while further back along Corniche Road you’ll find a collection of tempting eateries next to Corniche Park.
Abu Dhabi Corniche is geared up perfectly for kids. At the Family Park in the middle of the Corniche, there’s an adventure playground with a pirate ship and climbing wall, and a skate park ideal for BMXing or skateboarding.
Located five minutes from Abu Dhabi Corniche, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers is perfectly positioned to access this scenic area of the city, with incredible views across the Arabian Gulf.