The Corniche picture
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Key Info

Corniche Road

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Beaches, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.8scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Food Scene
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Stretching nearly 5 miles along the coast of Dhow Harbour — from the Heritage Park to the northeast to Emirates Palace in the southwest — the Corniche makes up the horizontal part of Abu Dhabi city's "T" shape. This seaside promenade is lined with some of the city's most popular hotels, not to mention a variety of restaurants and shops. According to recent visitors, The Corniche offers extensive views of the Persian Gulf and the city skyline. "If you can, rent a bicycle," one TripAdvisor user advised. "It's […] a bit too long for a walk, but just right for a bicycle ride." You'll find several rental shops where you can pick up a set of wheels: FunRideSports has five stations along the Corniche where you can pick up a bike starting at 30 AED (around $8 USD) per hour.

But for most travelers, the main reason to visit the Corniche is to take advantage of its access to the city's beaches. Boasting volleyball nets, free concerts, ice cream shops and calm waters, Corniche Beach (located on the southwestern section of the promenade with the main entrance near the Hilton hotel) offers a family-friendly atmosphere, though you'll need to pay 10 AED (about $3 USD) to access the sands. Meanwhile, the city recently opened a public beach closer to the northern end of the Corniche: Known as the Western Extension, this mile of shoreline is free to access and features both swimming and water sports areas.

You can access the Corniche promenade at any time of day or night, while the beaches welcome visitors between 8 a.m. and 2 a.m. Though there are life guards on duty, be aware that there are usually fewer guards staffed during the month of Ramadan. You should also note that everyday swimsuits (including bikinis) are fine to wear as long as you're on the sand, but more revealing bathing suits may attract unwanted attention (especially for women). To learn more about the Corniche, visit the Abu Dhabi tourism board website.

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