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The Corniche, Abu Dhabi

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Must see · Scenic Walking Area · Landmark
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Take a gentle trip down The Corniche, an attractive stretch of manicured waterfront on the west side of the main island. Enjoy a swim at the public beach, or stroll along the 8 km (5 mi) public footpath, taking in the sights of the carefully designed coastline. Alternatively, consider exploring the area by bike--you can rent some wheels on site, with options including two- and three-seaters. The many children's play areas offer good diversions for little ones, and a solid set of restaurants and cafes lining the street gives you plenty of options for relaxing afterwards. Use our Abu Dhabi trip builder tool to arrange your visit to The Corniche and other attractions in Abu Dhabi.
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  • A nice walk well lit and plenty of parking. Lots of seating and a nice cycle path and scooter path. Nice views at night time across the sea 
    A nice walk well lit and plenty of parking. Lots of seating and a nice cycle path and scooter path. Nice views at night time across the sea  more »
  • Beautiful and prestine beach with adequate life savers per few hundred meters, the beach is clean and well maintained. 
    Beautiful and prestine beach with adequate life savers per few hundred meters, the beach is clean and well maintained.  more »
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  • Great sandy beach, convenient division into different zones. There is a free zone, which is suitable for games on the beach and paid, for recreation with sun loungers and umbrellas. The beach has a toilet, indoor and outdoor showers with warm water, changing cabins, which are also suitable for people with disabilities, free drinking water and a playground with a slide.
  • Abu Dhabi corniche beach is around 8km long stretch of breakwater front extending from Mina port in the north up to Marina mall to the south. The corniche is divided into different zones with each zone featuring different characteristics. The Mina side features breakwater front with the fishermens village and fishing boats and trawlers in the background. As you move towards south, opposite to Abu Dhabi chamber of commerce, you have white sand beach with free public access. Further south, there is a family beach with paid access to the beach for privacy. There are restaurants and cafes on the beach. There is an interlock tiled walkway more than 10 metres wide for walking and jogging. Parallel to it is a separate dedicated cycle track for cycling. There are many activities which can be enjoyed such as walking, jogging, exercise, cycling, quad biking, parasailing, banana boat ride, yatch ride with dinner package, kids play area, beach football, beach volley ball and many other beach games. The beach is open to public 24x7 and guarded by security and life guards. There are vending machines for drinking water, tea, coffee, juices and cold drinks. Also there are fresh water fountains along the corniche walkway. The gardens along the corniche are maintained and kept clean by regular trimming the trees to various geometric shapes. The beaches have clean water and sand. The early morning walks along the beach with birds chirping in the background is music to the soul. Morning and evening walks on the corniche are very pleasant with your body relasing more happiness harmones endorphins to give you a positive and feel good state of mind. There is ample parking area across the corniche beach and every traffic signal has a subway connecting the parking area to the corniche beach. The corniche beach turns magical at night in the shining citylights on one side and view of emirates palace, presidential palace and marina mall on the other side. The entire corniche lits up in the night to give a stunning look.

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