Saadiyat is a small island of natural origin. It is located next to the tourist city of Abu Dhabi and is one of the most promising tourist destinations in the United Arab Emirates.
From Abu Dhabi to it can be reached by taxi in 7 minutes. Travel time from the international airport of the country will be 20 minutes Now on the island of Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi there are several hotels. There are convenient beaches. But the country’s leadership plans to completely change it, creating a modern infrastructure.
Saadiyat Island, translated from Arabic, means “happiness”. This is a man-made paradise, the project and construction of which took several years. The main designer of the tourist island a company called “TDIC”.
How to Get To Saadiyat Island
The island is located at a distance of 500 m on the east side of the seaport, about 7 minutes drive from Abi Dhabi and 20 minutes from the international airport. Saadiyat island has an area of about 27 sq. km. and is located in the Persian Gulf.
Saadiyat island is located a few km from the suburbs of the capital. One highway leads to it, passing through residential areas of the city. You can get to Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi by rented car or taxi. Buses or other urban public transport do not go here.
For the convenience of travel between the city and the island, a large bridge built. It shortens the path, since earlier you had to go on a detour, which increased the travel time.
To travel by taxi, you need to say the name Saadiyat Island and the approximate place. Most often it is a beach area. However, it relatively large, so local taxi drivers guided by the names of hotels. You can get to Saadiyat Island from Abu Dhabi by rented car on the central highway, which begins in the city center.
Zones of Saadiyat Island
The territory of the island divided into conditional zones, on the territory of which there are residential buildings, recreation areas and hotels for tourists.
Zones of the island:
- «Saadiyat Cultural Districh» area of attractions and main cultural institutions
- «Saadiyat Beach» beach area
- «Saadiyat Marina» residential area of the island
- «Saadiyat Retreat» area intended for ecotourism
- «Saadiyat Reserve» area with residential cottages and a golf club
- «Saadiyat Promenade» coastal area and embankment
- «Saadiyat Lagoons» Nature Reserve
The geographical coordinates of Saadiyat Island are 24°32′09″ N and 54°26′33″E.
What to see
By 2018, it planned to create a whole constellation of museums in the culture quarter: the Sheikh Zayed Museum, the Center for the Performing Arts, the branch of the Guggenheim Museum in Abu Dhabi and the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The ambitious project implemented only partially: in 2017, the Arabic Louvre was opened – a complex of buildings under a huge openwork dome, where visitors can see the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso, Van Gogh, Matisse, Manet. The opening of the Guggenheim Museum of Modern Art has been postponed to 2025, the construction of other structures has been suspended.
Lovers of a carefree holiday are waiting for the most beautiful beach of Abu Dhabi – Saadiyat Public Beach with snow-white sand, clear turquoise waters of the Persian Gulf and unforgettable sunsets. From a long wooden deck leading to the water, you can observe rare sea turtles. Dolphins frolic near the shore, and migratory birds nest in the mangroves on the other side of the island.The beach clubs have everything you need for a full relaxation: outdoor pools, saunas, spas and fitness centers. Those who prefer a more active holiday can visit the golf club, located right on the sea coast.
In the Saadiyat Marina quarter, a pier with 117 berths for yachts and boats has been built, and along the bay stretches the Saadiyat Promenade with parks, shops, restaurants and a shopping center. The central lagoon of the island is surrounded by a quiet residential area of Saadiyat Lagoons with comfortable villas and entertainment for the whole family. Together with children, you can visit the ornithological reserve, go horseback riding and watch performances in the open-air amphitheater.
Saadiyat Beach and the island as a whole filled with local wildlife. One of the best things to do on Saadiyat Island is to visit the hatching site of the hawk turtle. And if you’re lucky, you can also see dolphins playing in the bay.
Local authorities make every effort to conserve the island’s natural resources, so the island has an elevated boardwalk from which visitors can see the turtles without disturbing them. Ecology is important in the UAE. A country that has risen from the sands knows the price of a comfortable life and in no case wants to step on nature’s throat.
Saadiyat Island Beach
The main attraction of this region of the UAE is the beaches. The coast belongs to the Persian Gulf, but the water here is always in motion. The reason is that fast currents pass near the coast. They are safe for swimmers, and cool the sea water a bit. Its average temperature is 2-3 ° C lower than in other places of the resort.
- The total length of the line is 8 km.
- On the territory there are changing cabins, toilets and sources of drinking water.
- Umbrellas and sun loungers can be rented.
- Most of the beach area belongs to hotels.
The cost of renting umbrellas and sun loungers for guests is 70 dirhams. The way to the hotel beaches of Saadiyat paid – 35 Dirham. This price does not include the rental of sunbeds. An alternative to sun loungers is sunbathing on a beach towel. However, in the summer, the sand can get very hot, which becomes uncomfortable.
The beach area is clean, the width is 70-80 meters. The sand is white, almost without stones. Entry into the sea is gentle, but there are places with a sharp drop in depth. They are formed due to sea currents.
Rescue and medical services are in operation. Rescuers’ towers installed every 400 m. The disadvantage of beaches on the island of Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi is the lack of entertainment. There is no boat rental, water bike rental. Only a quiet, beach, family holiday is available.
Entrance fee to the beach:
adults 35 dirhams;
children and adolescents from 6 years to 12 years old – 20 dirhams;
children under 6 years old – free of charge
From the main entrance to the beach there is a wide wooden bridge. It built in order to preserve the unique turtles that live on the island. Sea turtles called “hawksbills”, during the egg-laying period, go to land at night and fall into the risk zone. Turtles on the verge of extinction and strictly protected by the state.
The wooden decking on the beach equipped to protect their nesting grounds between March and August. In the sea waters you can find a rare blue jellyfish. In the first half of the day, flocks of dolphins frolic on the sea.
The beach equipped with the necessary infrastructure. There are sun loungers, showers, toilets, luggage storage, changing rooms and stalls with the necessary beach paraphernalia for sale and rental.
In addition to the beach “Saadiyat Public Beach” on the island there are beaches “Saadiyat Beach Club” and “Hayatt Park”.
On the beach “Beach Club”, in addition to swimming in the sea, you can visit:
The entrance fee on weekdays 210 AED, on weekends and holidays 320 AED. The price includes the use of sun beds and umbrellas.
The territory of the beach “Park Hyatt” equipped with 4 swimming pools, numerous cafes and a restaurant. The cost of visiting the beach for a group of 4 people 1.5 thousand AED.
The price includes the use of all infrastructure on the beach and the hotel room for the period from 10.00 h. to 18.00 h.
Saadiyat Island Hotels
Several large hotel complexes have been built on the island. All have a five-star status, so the cost of renting rooms here is high. It is convenient to relax away from the metropolis, the hotel administration organizes a daily transfer from Saadiyat Island to Abu Dhabi for shopping or sightseeing.
- Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island 5*. This is the largest hotel in the area. In addition to standard rooms, guests can rent villas and bungalows. Features – a large green area, parks, a SPA center, free Wi-Fi.
- Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas 5*. The hotel complex is located on the first beach line. You can choose a room with a balcony, terrace. The apartment is large and guests with children can enjoy an extra bed.
- Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort 5*. According to tourists, the hotel is conveniently located, next to Yas Beach. In addition to comfortable rooms, you can book a tour of the sights of the UAE.
In the high season, in December, many tourists settle in hotels. Therefore, you need to book an apartment in advance, that yes the price will differ from the base. You can order a room with breakfast, the All Inclusive program rarely offered