Need A Vacation? These Abu Dhabi Beaches Are Set To Re Open Soon
Abu Dhadi beaches are renowned both for their waters and for the scenery and cities that surround them. Here are the best locations to escape to in 2020.
The United Arab Emirates has worked hard in the battle against coronavirus and Covid-19 and has covered much ground, and as a result, this Middle Eastern country has begun reopening businesses and attractions. Tourism will soon bounce back as well.
Visitors from all over the world love visiting Abu Dhabi in the U.A.E. There are many reasons for this, including the fact that it is one of the world's safest cities, that there is much to see and do there, and that people are friendly and welcoming to outsiders.
Most of all, though, Abu Dhabi beaches are some of the best many visitors and residents have ever seen. There are over two hundred islands in this area and the water is a crystal clear blue. Many of these islands are privately owned, but others have beaches that can be enjoyed by all who wish to try them.
Read on to learn more about Abu Dhabi area beaches and how to experience them for yourself right now. Learn all about the restrictions in place to help keep Covid-19 levels as low as possible in Abu Dhabi and in the United Arab Emirates in general, and then get out there, enjoy the sun, and go for a swim!
Private Hotel Beaches in Abu Dhabi
On Sunday, May 31st, the Supreme Council for National Security and the Abu Dhabi Department of Health declared that beaches could open at hotels in the area on June 1st. Regulations were issued and all hotels must follow them in order to stay open legally.
These regulations stated that private hotel beaches could open at forty percent capacity. Hotels had to apply for government approval before reopening.
The first hotels to open their beaches in Abu Dhabi were on Saadiyat Island and they opened on June 6th, and others along Corniche Road soon followed. As time has gone on, more and more hotels have received approval to open their beaches.
At all hotels beaches, social distancing measures are in place and staff are working hard to ensure clean areas with great attention to hygiene.
In almost all cases, these hotel beaches are only open to hotel guests and beach club members. However, a few are welcoming day guests as well. Call ahead to find out more.
Some hotels require timed visits with time limits to give everyone who wants to enjoy the beach a chance to do so. Also, many hotels require guests to bring their own towels down from their rooms instead of using provided communal beach towels.
Public Abu Dhabi Beaches
About a month later, on July 3rd, the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) announced the re-opening of some public beaches as well. Hudayriat Beach and Corniche Beach are both currently open.
As with the hotel beaches, a maximum of forty percent occupancy is allowed on these beaches at any time.
The DMT has spent a great deal of time sterilizing the beaches and related facilities and has created a plan to ensure the overall safety of beach users. Beach visitors must adhere to and comply with all of their regulations; people who do not will be asked to leave and also may be fined.
In order to visit Abu Dhabi's public beaches, interested parties must pre-book a time using the SmartPass government platform. This is also required for entry into any of Abu Dhabi's public parks.
Visitors will also have to confirm that they have tested negative for Covid-19 and will need to have their body temperature checked using a thermal camera before they can go on the beach.
Groups visiting the beach can consist of no more than five persons. Social distancing from other groups is required and areas will be marked out on the beach to help maintain the proper distance of 2.5 meters between groups.
Showers will not be available and people visiting the beach must wear masks and gloves.
Best Beaches in Abu Dhabi
Although no one is thrilled about the many regulations we all face today in the time of Covid-19, many people will certainly be excited to head back to the beach now that they can. If you are new to Abu Dhabi or if you are just visiting, you may not know where to start when it comes to beaches. Since there are many different beaches from which to choose, read on to learn some area favorites.
Corniche Beach is a public beach in Abu Dhabi, and as mentioned above, it is open for business with pre-registration and as long as you follow the guidelines. This is one of the best beaches in the area because it offers beautiful views of the city skyline. It is also quite long at eight kilometers in length and is a very safe place to swim.
Saadiyat Beach Club
The Saadiyat Beach Club is a private beach club, but those who love it say it is well worth the membership or cost of a day pass. The water here is so blue and the sun and sand will make you feel like you are in paradise. The Saadiyat Beach Club is taking many of the same safety precautions as the public beaches including pre-booking, social distancing, and temperature checks, and masks are required at all times other than during sunbathing and eating.
The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
The St. Regis Abu Dhabi is on Saadiyat Island also and many people enjoy it because, on this beach, you are removed a bit from the hustle and bustle of the city. Currently, this hotel's beaches are only open for hotel guests, so you can enjoy it by booking a stay there; there are private cabanas available for guest use as well.
It's such a relief that outdoor spaces like Abu Dhabi beaches are opening up again. The long fight against Covid-19 is not yet over, but by adhering to regulations and safety guidelines, people can, fortunately, return to doing the things that they enjoy most in a safe and healthy manner. Enjoy the sun, sand, water, and weather of Abu Dhabi on area beaches and you'll be glad you did.
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