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Saadiyat Island

Abu Dhabi

Discover Saadiyat Island

Saadiyat Island is the spectacular home of Abu Dhabi’s fascinating cultural district. Nestled between Zayed Port and Al Jubail Island, this stunning destination is well-connected to the city’s top sights and attractions.

Embrace a life of leisure along the five-mile beachfront, lined with luxury hotels, exclusive clubs and trendy restaurants. Enjoy exhilarating water sports on the waves of the Arabian Gulf or lower the tempo and feel the sand between your toes during a beach yoga class. Then, head to the Louvre Abu Dhabi to experience the wonders of world-class art and architecture.

The island is a haven of natural beauty too, from the protected Hawksbill turtle habitats to the neighbouring mangroves. Use the elevated boardwalks to spot the native wildlife, without disturbing these incredible ecological sites.

Whether you fancy a romantic retreat or an outdoor adventure, Saadiyat Island caters to all. 

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Visit for…

The iconic soft and powder white sand on the island’s beaches. You won’t find sand like it anywhere else in Abu Dhabi. 

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You’ll love…

The island’s natural beauty. If you’re lucky you might spot dolphins off the coast, while hidden Hawksbill turtles nest in the sand dunes.

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Beach days

With five miles of white sand and azure waters to enjoy, Saadiyat Island is the ultimate beach destination – it even has an exclusive beach club.

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Cultural hub

From world-class art at Louvre Abu Dhabi to local exhibitions and film festivals at Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island has it all. 

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Saadiyat Island

Discover international art

Add Louvre Abu Dhabi to your itinerary and be transported through the global history of human art and innovation. The museum’s 12 galleries guide you from the first villages to the modern-day, showcasing preserved sculptures, ethnographic objects, original paintings and contemporary art installations.

Manarat Al Saadiyat hosts a captivating programme of creative workshops and exhibitions for you to enjoy. Explore the on-site art fairs, visit the latest showcase or catch an alternative film at the cinema. 

Saadiyat Island is constantly adding to its list of cultural experiences, the latest being the Zayed National Museum – so keep an eye out for exciting developments.

Where to stay

Saadiyat Island is known for its beautiful beachfront resorts. Think tranquil spas for relaxing, fitness suites for workouts and rooftop bars overlooking the Arabian Gulf.

So, whether you’re planning a group getaway or a romantic retreat, Saadiyat Island ensures a five-star stay for all. Choose a spacious suite that fits the whole family or opt for an exclusive villa with beach access. 

Getting around
Saadiyat Island

Upon arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport, you’ll be a 30-minute drive away from Saadiyat Island. Opt to rent a car from the airport, take a taxi or book a private transfer with Etihad Airways.

Leave the airport via Al Diyafah Street, then turn right on to Al Mireef Street and Al Rahah Street before joining the E10. Follow signs for Yas Island and take exit 34 onto Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Highway (E12). Continue for around 14 miles (22 kilometres) until you reach Saadiyat Island. 

Getting to
Downtown Abu Dhabi

Downtown is only a 15-minute drive from Saadiyat Island. Head south-west on the Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Highway (E12), across the Sheikh Khalifa Bridge.

From here, you’ll have easy access to the Corniche, Emirates Palace, Marina Mall and Umm Al Emarat Park.

Getting to
Yas Island

It takes around 20 minutes to drive from Saadiyat Island to Yas Island, where you’ll find Abu Dhabi’s thrilling theme parks and the popular Yas Mall.

Follow the Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Highway E12 across Saadiyat Island and Al Jubail Island, then continue straight on to Yas Island.

Getting to
Sir Bani Yas Island

To get to Sir Bani Yas Island, take the E12 towards Yas Island and Abu Dhabi International Airport, then follow Sheikh Khalifa Bi Zayed International Road E11 to Al Ruwais. This journey takes around two hours and 45 minutes.

From here, follow signs to the port and take a 20-minute ferry to Sir Bani Yas Island.

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Louvre Abu Dhabi

An architectural marvel designed by Jean Nouvel, Louvre Abu Dhabi documents the history of human creativity through an international collection of more than 600 artworks. 

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Saadiyat Beach Club

This exclusive beach club on Saadiyat Island comes complete with private cabanas, globally inspired restaurants and an Instagram-worthy infinity pool. 

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Located in The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Sontaya showcases delicious Thai dishes in a romantic setting, surrounded by pools and palm trees, plus sea views.  

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Good to know

Book in advance

If you’re planning a trip to Saadiyat Beach Club or Louvre Abu Dhabi, make sure you pre-book your tickets or day passes online to secure entry.

Peak times

Most places get busier as the day goes on, particularly indoor attractions that offer a break from the afternoon sun, such as Louvre Abu Dhabi. 


The best way to get around Saadiyat Island is by car or taxi. You can also organise a transfer to and from the airport with Etihad.

Sunset views

All of Saadiyat Island’s beaches stay open for sunset. So, find a good spot along the shore to watch the pink and orange hues reflected in the glimmering Gulf.  

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Morning relaxation along the shores

Spend your morning surrounded by sun, sea and sand at Saadiyat Beach Club.

The beach is open daily from 8am, so get down early to secure a prime spot along the shore. There are loungers for sunbathing, plus daybeds and private cabanas surrounding the pool.

Fancy a swim? Take a dip in the sea and spot dolphins in the distance making a splash. The stunning infinity pool is the perfect place to cool down and snap a few holiday photos too.

If you start feeling hungry, there are plenty of restaurants and lounges on-site where you can grab a bite to eat. Head to the Saadiyat Bakers Club for breakfast pastries or enjoy a freshly made smoothie under the shaded veranda.

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Explore your creative side

After a morning of swimming, sunbathing and smoothies, it’s time to explore Saadiyat Island’s cultural hub with a trip to the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

The shaded setting of the museum offers a welcome break from the afternoon sun. Explore 12 galleries featuring global masterpieces, from an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus to Modernist paintings by Piet Mondrian and Edouard Manet.

There are plenty of workshops, lectures and classes to try if you fancy channelling your inner artist. You could even join an evening yoga class under the main dome.

Once you’ve had a look inside the museum, it’s time to explore outside. Book on to one of the evening kayak tours for an alternative view of the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Watch as the sun sets over the geometric dome and creates a pattern of light across the water – a truly mesmerising experience. 

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