Situated a mere 20-minute drive from Abu Dhabi International Airport or 60 minutes from Dubai, Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi is a haven of sorts. This idyllic location offers an array of possibilities, from wildlife encounters and culturally immersive experiences to blissful beach days and world-class culinary indulgences.

Soak up the sun on a white-sand beach

With 9km of immaculate natural beachfront lapped by crystalline turquoise waters, it’s no wonder Saadiyat Island has been awarded the prestigious accolade of ‘The Middle East’s Most Beautiful Beach Destination’. Six luxury resorts, including one on a private island, promise unparalleled access to this sweeping stretch of sand. Spend your days glimpsing marine life while snorkelling, or break some waves while wake surfing before unwinding with a cocktail in hand amid wind-swept palms.

Aerial view of beach on Saadiyat Island

Discover Saadiyat Island’s cultural hub

Beyond its enchanting natural wonders, Saadiyat Island is becoming a hub for Abu Dhabi’s burgeoning cultural landscape. Many of the world’s most prestigious institutions are taking up residence in the emerging Saadiyat Cultural District, including The Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first outpost of the revered Parisian museum, home to an extraordinary collection of classic masterpieces, exquisite ancient relics and Arabic artworks. Throughout the year, the museum hosts a diversity of enchanting exhibits that range from contemporary art showcases to film spotlights. Adding to the emerging cultural landscape is the highly anticipated opening of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, a museum showcasing contemporary art, and the Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi, which will display some of the rarest natural history specimens ever found.

Louvre Abu Dhabi at dusk

Explore the island’s diverse culinary scene

Despite its small size, Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi boasts a rich and varied selection of restaurants. Dotted along the coast against a splendid backdrop of clear blue sky and turquoise waters, dining on Saadiyat is on par with the island life. Laidback breakfasts in the sun, extravagant brunches, and al fresco dinners wrapped up in the ocean breeze are the standard here, with dozens of cuisines available. Experience a classic UAE brunch at White at Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort, a fine dining experience elevated with live music and festivities.  

Family Dining on Promenade Saadiyat Island

Encounter unique wildlife

Home to a diverse ecosystem of protected wildlife, Saadiyat Island’s pristine desert landscapes and coastal areas are inhabited by a variety of unique species. A UNESCO Heritage Site, Saadiyat Island is the perfect destination for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. Visitors to the island can look forward to sighting a plethora of species and learning more about the island’s rich biodiversity. Native Arabian Sand gazelles roam the island’s silky dunes while over 500 bird species enliven the skies above with captivating choruses. Off the coast, the waters are home to over 700 humpback dolphins, the largest population in the world. Visit between March and June and witness the endearing Hawksbill Turtle nesting season, one of two turtle species that inhabit the waters.

Arabian Deer Saadiyat Island

Tee off at the region’s first beachfront course

A golfer’s paradise, the region’s first ocean golf course is located on Saadiyat Island. Designed by golf champion Gary Player, Par 72 Saadiyat Beach Golf Club features an 18-hole championship course overlooking the Arabian Sea. Seasoned golfers and casual players alike will delight in an afternoon game, teeing off on the exquisitely designed course that is interwoven with existing saltwater lakes and beach dunes, all against the breathtaking backdrop of white-sand beaches, glimmering ocean waters, and clear blue skies.

Saadiyat Golf Club by the Sea

Plan Your Saadiyat Island holiday

A destination that’s perfect for any time of year, Saadiyat Island Abu Dhabi’s exquisite collection of luxury resorts, breathtaking natural beauty and captivating cultural scene accommodate all travellers. Call our Middle East specialists on 0203 930 4127 and start planning your escape to Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island 

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