7 Things to Do in Abu Dhabi Corniche

November 13, 2014


Last Friday morning, my family and I went to Corniche for a walk.  It has been a few months already since we stopped our weekly walking exercise.  It's not healthy not to do exercise, I know.  I blame it all on the weather!  The summer season here in the Middle East is just unbearable!  It's hot, humid, and the temperature reaches beyond 40 degrees Celsius.  Can you imagine that?  It just feels like you're being baked in an oven.  Good thing the weather is starting to get cooler these past few weeks, so basically, we'll be able to go for long walks again.  Yey!

Corniche is such a nice place that's popular among the locals, expats, and tourists.  My husband loves this place too!  Let me show you around so you'll get to understand why this is considered a "must-see" place here in Abu Dhabi.  In addition, allow me to share with you also several activities that you and your family may enjoy doing here.




7 THINGS TO DO IN ABU DHABI CORNICHE


1.  Swim.  The main attraction here is the beautiful beach where the water is clear and the sand is white.  And the best part is - it's FREE!  Yes, you can experience the "Boracay" feel of their white sand beach at no cost!  You also need not to worry about safety because there are plenty of lifeguards available in this place. However, please take note that there are no cottages available here. If in case you would want to have your own private space, you may go to their family beach which has an entrance fee of AED 10.00 and avail a sun lounger with umbrella for AED 25.00.


2.  Play sports.  If you are the sporty type of person or perhaps, you're just not in the mood to swim, you can still enjoy Corniche by playing either beach volleyball or soccer.  There are soccer goals and volleyball nets available and installed already along the beach, perfect for groups who want to have a challenging game while having fun under the sun!


3.  Have a picnic.  Corniche isn't just all about beach.  There is also a park full of trees and carpet grass where you can lay a cloth or mat and enjoy having a picnic with family and friends.  If in case you don't feel like sitting on the grass, they also have several tents with built in tables and benches perfect for sharing a delicious meal or snack.  

4.  Have the kids enjoy the children's playground.  A few weeks from now, Rafael will officially be a toddler and sooner, he'll be able to learn how to walk, run, jump, and appreciate this place where kids are all happy and having fun.  When that time comes, I will surely bring him here so he'll get the chance to experience how fun it is to play outdoors.  I'm sure he'll love this place!  He will not only enjoy the playground but it will also help him become a more social and physically active child.  That's a win-win situation for both of us!


5.  Walk.  This is what we love doing the most here in Corniche.  It really feels refreshing to take a long walk along a pedestrian pathway overlooking the aquamarine waters of the beach and the clear blue skies of Abu Dhabi.  Indeed, it feels more motivating to exercise regularly with this kind of view.  Isn't life so beautiful?

6.  Bike.  Aside from walking, you can also rent a bike for an hour and explore the 8 kilometer stretch of Corniche road.  There are different types of bike available at four rental stations:  (1) mountain bike for adults, (2) kid's bike for children (or even adults like my sister) who doesn't know how to keep their balance on a regular bicycle, and (3) four person pedal go kart perfect for families.  Safety wouldn't be an issue as well since they have a pathway specific only for cyclist.


7.  Dine.  Second to walking, this is one of the many things we love to do most in this place.   With several cafes and restaurants along the beach, you wouldn't really have to worry about getting hungry.  Just watch out what you eat to make sure that you're not taking in more calories than you burned!


  

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18 comments

  1. Corniche indeed a very nice place for the whole family. How I wish I can visit that place in my lifetime.

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    1. Yes, JanzCrystalz January! This place is really a great place to unwind for the whole family.

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  2. The place looks great especially the beach and the best of it is FREE.

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    1. I must agree with you, Allan D, that the best part of this place is that it is for FREE! :)

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  3. Wow! Beautiful place! I'm curious, san pala kayo magbabanlaw after nyo mag swimming? Do they provide public shower room?

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    1. Hi mommy Rackell! Meron silang shower room na available near the beach :)

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    2. That's wonderful. How I wish we have these kinds of places here near Manila. I think Batangas is the closest and there's no free one that will be as clean as the one in Corniche

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  4. The photos looks so great! It makes me want to go for a swim at the beach. I also the idea that you can totally enjoy the white sand, ala BORA for free! great place to unwind and the dining part is so exciting! I love to taste their food.

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  5. 40C, ang init sobra. I rather stay at home. lol Dito sa Pinas pag summer, I'm so lazy to go out or plan for an outing. #tamad

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    1. Yes, Michi. Sobrang init dito pag summer, di mo rin gugustuhin lumabas.

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  6. It's so cool that you can visit such a nice beach and it's free. Great that the weather is better now.

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    1. Hi Dominique! It's really good that they have clean and beautiful beaches here that can be used by the public for free.

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  7. Oh my gosh, the beach is free! I wanna live there. Hahaha! I love the beach and wish we live near one.

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    1. Yes, Janice. You can enjoy this beach for free!

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  8. If I live there, I'd take advantage of all that. :) Where we are is close...minus the beach.

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    1. We always make sure that we get to experience the "must visit" tourist destinations here in Abu Dhabi, most especially if it's for free.

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  9. There's so many things to do in Abu Dhabi Corniche! I bet it's fun visiting the place.

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    1. Yes, Peachy. This place is indeed perfect for a family bonding.

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