One of the perks of being in Abu Dhabi is our proximity to the beaches. It normally takes 15 to 20-minute drive to go to any marina within the city centre. It was 2008 (our first year in this emirate) when I first set foot in Corniche Beach. Then, to my favorite (and now indefinitely closed due to pending major improvement plan) Lulu Island. No entrance fee, under developed yet decent shores, you bring your own meal, mainly self-starter approach. While the present Corniche Beach is much more developed, I find it very commercialized and crowded. Hence, I am one of the happiest dwellers when the development took place in Saadiyat Island.
Saadiyat is an Arabic terminology which means ‘happiness’, from the root word ‘saeed’ which means ‘happy’. It is a 20-minute drive from where I live to the Island of Happiness (aka Saadiyat Island). It is geared to be the cultural hub of Abu Dhabi since Louvre and other museums are underway. But more than that, one of the reasons I swing by in this area is the Saadiyat Public Beach. With its laid-back and international destination appeal, this public beach is not really regarded as ‘public’. I think that it is named this way to distinguish it from the Saadiyat Beach in general where the shore is shared by different hotels like St. Regis, Hyatt and Rotana (construction in progress).
However, some patrons like me may find it unnecessary to stay in hotels and just enjoy the beach itself for a number of hours. Unless one intends to do a staycation. (Personally, we stay in UAE hotels in consideration of oozing with appeal (once in a blue moon) promotional rates. ) Hence, this public beach is a heaven sent solution for patrons like me. Continue reading