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Southern Sun Abu Dhabi

Al Zahiya, Abu Dhabi

All about Southern Sun Abu Dhabi

The luxurious Southern Sun Abu Dhabi hotel has a prime location in Al Zahiya, formerly known as the Tourist Club Area. As the name suggests, it’s the perfect place for first-time visitors to Abu Dhabi. Packed with restaurants, malls, bars and a buzzing nightlife – make it your base to discover the very best of the area. 

A modern and stylish hotel that delivers glamour, comfort and fine dining accompanied by smooth service. The Southern Sun Abu Dhabi has comfortable and spacious rooms with top quality amenities. Whether you’re lounging in the rooftop pool or working up a sweat in the fitness centre, you’re promised the perfect stay.

Six restaurants and bars let you sample the flavours of the globe, from popular sushi nights to sizzling steaks and a lively sports bar streaming the latest events. 

Business travellers are well catered for, with a business centre providing your very own out-of-office workplace with staff on hand to provide their services. There are also six rooms ideal for conferences, meetings and events. 

The location is key, with Abu Dhabi Mall and the silky sands of the Corniche only a short stroll away. The best rooms in the hotel have views of the beach, the perfect sight to wake up to each morning.


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Perfect for...

Couples who want to be close to the beach and business travellers looking for world-class facilities.


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You’ll love…

The plush rooms, Arabesque interior, glamorous pool, fantastic steakhouse and the short walk to the beach.

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Comfort and corniche views

The 353 rooms at the Southern Sun Abu Dhabi start on the 10th floor and rise to the 26th, meaning your room is guaranteed a sensational view – whether of the city skyline or the golden sands of the Corniche.

All guest rooms are understated, elegant and smart, whether that’s a Deluxe Room or the Presidential Suite. Each benefit from walk-in closets, windows with sound dampening, blackout curtains, pillow menus and USB outlets for charging your devices.

There are 280 Deluxe Rooms, with cosy beds to sink into, flat screen TVs and a desk for work or catching up on emails. The 32 Executive Rooms benefit from extra space to relax and work in.

One bedroom suites have a separate sitting room and kitchenette, ideal if you’re staying for longer or want some home comforts. Finally, three huge Presidential Suites sleep four people each. Perfect for families, they come complete with dining area, lounge and a private office. 


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What’s nearby

The hotel sits in a vibrant, lively area with streets full of cafes, shops and restaurants. The nearby Corniche beach offers not just sunbathing but diving, snorkelling and water sports, with numerous providers.

Walk across the breakwater to the fantastic Marina Mall at the south-western end of the beach. This is more than just a retail experience, with a multiplex cinema, bowling alley and the Bounce freestyle playground. Shoppers will find hundreds of stores over four floors, with both local and international brands.

There’s plenty of casual dining options too, with dozens of restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets. If that’s not enough shopping, you’re only two miles (three kilometres) from the impressive Abu Dhabi Mall. 

Just five minutes’ drive away is one of the UAE’s most stunning and iconic attractions, the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Here you’ll find masterpieces of art and an innovative program of exhibitions housed in a beautiful and unique building.

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Louvre Abu Dhabi

Wowing visitors since 2017, Louvre Abu Dhabi has a stunning exterior designed by award-winning architect Jean Nouvel, and a mind-bogglingly broad collection inside. Global culture is captured by art, sculpture and artefacts that range from Arabic to Pop Art.

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Marina Mall

Free-jumping for the kids, serious shopping for the grown-ups and a nine-screen multiplex for all the family – the Marina Mall ticks all the boxes. For perfect city views, take a ride on the Marina Eye Ferris wheel just outside the mall.

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Heritage Village

Out on the Marina breakwater, Abu Dhabi Heritage Village is a reconstructed village that gives a glimpse into traditional Gulf life before it became the modern phenomenon we love today. Craftsmen and camels, Bedouin life and traditional homes provide a fascinating insight.

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How to get here from the airport

The Southern Sun Abi Dhabi hotel is approximately 30 minutes’ drive away from Abu Dhabi International Airport. 

Taxis are available or you can choose to arrive stress-free and in comfort with an Etihad private transfer. Your very own car and driver will be waiting for you when you leave the airport.

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