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Beaches & Coasts

Abu Dhabi Corniche
The two kilometers of public beach, the Abu Dhabi Corniche is flanked by towering buildings and features refreshments outlets, a cycle track, children’s play areas and facilities for sporting enthusiasts, including beach volley ball areas. The paved path is perfect for those looking to cycle, jog or roller-blade by the tranquility of the sea.  The Corniche also appeals to tourists and residents alike as it is adorned by a number of traditional cafés, beautifully landscaped parks and picnic grounds.


Abu Dhabi Golf Club
An oasis that features 27 championship holes and over 162 hectares of land, this award winning golf course features undulating terrain, greenery and staggering views of seven saltwater lakes.

Abu Dhabi Equestrian & Health and Fitness Club
Located in the heart of Abu Dhabi, this serene golf course club features two 9 hole green courses. The club’s equestrian racetrack, which runs in the middle of the golf course and is well lit in the evenings, enables golfers to play beyond sunset.

Al Ghazal Golf Club
Ideal for guests on short trips to the city, the Abu Dhabi International Airport’s golf club, features an 18 hole sand course and is considered one of the leading desert courses in the world, with the front nine holes situated close to an archeological site.


Kite surfing
For those wanting to master the art of  kite surfing, it is recommended to take a few lessons with a qualified instructor from the International Kite Boarding Organization (IKO), and rent equipment when skimming the waves of the Abu Dhabi breakwaters (commonly referred to as Ras Al Akhdar).

Ideal for those interested in exploring Abu Dhabi’s marine life or just looking to refresh themselves beneath the water’s surface, several diving facilities cater to the first time enthusiast to the experienced diver.

Encounter Gulf waters and gain a deeper insight of environmental preservation. With the ready assistance of the concierge team, sign up for an eco tour, island exploration or kayak fishing.

Horse Riding and Arabian Horse Races

Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club
The Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club offers guests a better understanding of the role played by horses in the local Emirati culture. One of the region’s most impressive venues for horse racing and show jumping events, up to 16 races are conducted from November to April each year, including The President’s Cup, National Cup Day and the Emirates Championship. 

Other Activities

Dhow Cruises
For those interested in sailing along the Abu Dhabi Corniche, there are a number of dhows (locally-designed boats) and yachts anchored along the breakwater. Arrangements for an Abu Dhabi dhow cruise can be made with the ready assistance of a member of the hotel concierge team.


*Picture courtesy of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority.

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