Visit Saadiyat Island Abu Dhabi

Model of the Guggenheim Museum of Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi ©Odyfolio

The plan for Saadiyat is to combine a district dedicated to art and culture, luxurious residential areas in an exceptional natural setting, and luxury hotels along a beautiful natural sandy beach end.

Saadiyat: an island, a vision

Thanks to avant-garde architectural structures designed by the greatest architects (Jean Nouvel for Le Louvre Abu Dhabi), the Saadiyat Cultural District aims to become an essential step for Art in the world - or at least in the Middle East. In the coming years, there will be no less than four museums and cultural centers that will open their doors: the Zayed National Museum, dedicated to the history of the United Arab Emirates; Le Louvre Abu Dhabi, which presents major works from around the world; Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will be dedicated to Contemporary Art; and the Performing Arts Center will host performances.

Saadiyat Island Beaches

Saadiyat Beach is a wide stretch of white sand stretching nine kilometers. It contrasts with other beaches in the city that are more artificial, with imported sand, and with no access to the open sea. The beach is not free access so do not plan to go there and simply put your towel.

The most economical solution is to go to the public beach. It is 400 meters ling and it is divided into two parts: on the left side, beach with no equipments (25AED for an adult, 15AED for children). On the right side, deckchairs equipped with umbrellas (50AED weekdays, 75AED Friday and Saturday). Possibility to rent towels, to have a closed locker, to change and to shower. There is a stall selling drinks and food.

Access map and practical information

Sadiyat Island is located north of downtown Abu Dhabi, to which it is administratively attached. It is connected to the island of Abu Dhabi by Sheikh Khalifa Bridge and is crossed by the Sheikh Khalifa highway which continues to the island of Jubail through the mangroves, then to Yas island.

Map of Saadiyat Island (Abu Dhabi) with location of major tourist attractions ©OpenStreetMap contributors

Distances are important on the island and there is little public transport. On some sites like Maanarat Al Saadiyat, there are very few marauding taxis apart from major events. On the other hand, on hotel complexes and equipped beaches, they are more frequent. ©Odyfolio

Hotels and restaurants on Saadiyat Island

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort is one of the best in the city. It has many bars and restaurants. Oléa for Mediterranean cuisine, 55&5th The Grill for a New York dining experience, Sontaya for Asian cuisine, Turquoise for lunch overlooking the sea (we recommend it). For dinner and a good evening, head to the Caramel Restaurant & Lounge, which serves a very refined cuisine (this is another advice we give you).

In the same style, the Park Hyatt: Mediterranean cuisine at the Beach House (wonderful views of the sunset and the sea from its rooftop), Asian cuisine at the Park Bar and Grill