Arriving this week: oceanfront spot replaces what used to be Saadiyat Public Beach

Abu Dhabi is getting a new public beach on one of its most idyllic islands.

Kai Beach Saadiyat will open this Thursday.

The licensed oceanfront oasis will channel boho vibes with macrame parasols, wooden sunloungers and driftwood-crafted tables.

It will open in the same location that used to be Saadiyat Public Beach, and is managed by Saadiyat Beach Club.

The former public beach in this location closed when Abu Dhabi restricted access at beaches and parks across the emirate to prevent the spread of coronavirus. It never fully reopened.

Operated by Aldar, Kai Beach Saadiyat will open in soft launch this week and will welcome visitors every day from 7am until sunset with no reservations. It will operate on a first come, first served basis.

Beachgoers will need to show green status on Al Hosn app, or a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours, to gain entry to the 500-metre-long pristine shoreline and turquoise Arabian Gulf waters.

Standard rates for entry start at Dh75 on weekdays and Dh95 on weekends and public holidays.

Children under 6 enter free and children aged 6 to 12 pay reduced entry fees.

Fees are slightly more expensive than the site’s predecessor, which started at Dh25. However all visitors will have access to a sunbed.

Towels will not be provided during the soft launch phase, but this will change when the beach fully opens in October.

Beachgoers visiting Kai Beach will be able to purchase food and drinks from MLT food truck, but no outside food will be allowed into the vicinity.

When the venue opens fully there will be a beachside restaurant on site.

There are a wide range of soft and house beverages on sale including iced coffees and fresh juices. Shisha will also be available and guests can order it to their sunloungers.

The people of Abu Dhabi know very well that Saadi’s stunning turquoise waters and windswept dunes create what is perhaps the most beautiful stretch of coastline in the UAE. And it’s not just people who think so, this beach is also frequented by rare sea creatures – bottlenose dolphins and endangered sea turtles.

The site will be managed by the Saadiyat Beach Club – it will be open daily from 7am to sunset, has changing rooms and (coming soon) a Mexican restaurant.

This new setting provides welcome competition for Saadiyat’s new sand-tipped gem – Soul Beach – backed by the significant culinary influence of the Mamsha AL Saadiyat restaurant.

Tel: (050) 283 5795 Instagram: @kaibeachsaadiyat

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