Located just a seven minute drive from from downtown Abu Dhabi and 20 minutes from Abu Dhabi Airport is Saadiyat Island. With undoubtedly the best beaches in the region, Saadiyat Island is quickly becoming a world class holiday destination with 5 star hotels that will meet most travellers idea of an ideal Abu Dhabi Holiday. Together with Saadiyat Island being one of the best destinations to holiday in Abu Dhabi, it also boasts a residential, business and cultural hub, housing the world's largest single concentration of premier cultural assets including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is an architectural masterpiece located on Saadiyat Island. The iconic art and civilisation museum is home to a collection of priceless artworks and unique temporary exhibitions that span thousands of years. Saadiyat Island has a purpose built visitor centre, Manarat Al Saadiyat (which means 'a place of enlightenment' in Arabic), brings Saadiyat's vision to life. Manarat Al Saadiyat is Abu Dhabi’s hub of cultural happenings showcasing interactive exhibitions, cultural displays, community events, and film screenings throughout the year. 'The Saadiyat Story' gives visitors an interactive narrative on the history and cultural vision behind the island.
The Island now has 5 five star hotels - The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island, Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island and Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas, Saadiyat Island hotels leisure and hospitality offering is rapidly increasing.
The most famous and the Saadiyat Island Holidays original ‘guests’, the Hawksbill sea turtles, continue to nest on the destination's sweeping beachfront. The nine kilometre Saadiyat Beach is home to several Hawksbill turtle nests every year with hotels such as Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island becoming their guardians. The Hawksbill is listed as critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List, as its population has declined by more than 80 per cent worldwide over the last three generations due to habitat destruction and poaching. The island has an active Hawksbill Turtle Conservation Programme since 2010, ensuring developers, contractors and now resort operators, respect their habitat.
For those who wish to enjoy golf whilst taking in the breathtaking scenery of the white beaches can play at the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club which is the region’s first ocean course. A Gary Player-designed course respectfully harnesses the natural beauty of Saadiyat Island’s magnificent, white sand beaches for a truly unique playing experience.
Whatever you choose, there really is something for everyone. Contact us for more information about what to do on your Abu Dhabi Holidays, click here.
Must Do On Saadiyat Island
See what's on in Abu DhabiBefore you book your holiday to Abu Dhabi, it is advisable to look at what's on in Dubai to either maximise your stay, or in some occasion avoid it. Abu Dhabi hotel prices can increase during major conferences or events going on and it will affect the Abu Dhabi Hotel availability and so the cost of the room. Dubai organises some famous sporting events that are not to be missed such as Dubai Desert Classic, Dubai World Cup and the Dubai Rugby 7's. It is worthwhile checking out the Dubai Calendar.
Dubai Desert Safari & BBQ DinnerIf you are going to do an excursion in Dubai, a Desert Safari is a must. You will depart your hotel mid afternoon and make your way into the desert where you will experience an unparalleled adventure over the sunkissed golden sand dunes in a 4x4 vehicle followed by a magical evening in a traditional Bedouin camp.
Weather in DubaiThe Dubai weather is probably the biggest reason for travellers to have a holiday in Dubai. The hottest month in Dubai is August with average temperatures of 41°C and the coolest in January at 23°C with the most daily sunshine hours in June. The most rainfall is in the month of February with an average of 40mm of rain. In our opinion the best months to have a Dubai holiday are in October, due to the heat has subsided but the sea still has the warmth from the summer months.
Dubai Holiday Top Tips
Book your Trips in AdvanceThe majority of us tend to book our trips and Excursions when we are in resort, however this sometimes can lead to disappointment as some places and attractions get booked up especially in high season or public holidays. Visiting the tallest building in the world, The Burj Khalifa books up closer to the time, so we strongly suggest researching and booking in advance.
Deals on MealsDubai is full of every type of cuisine on the planet and so means that they all are competing for your business. On every night of the week there is a promotion like the infamous "Dubai Brunch" on a Friday. A favourite for many people are the all you can eat buffets which tend to be of a very high 5 star standard with an array of cuisines. Check out Time Out or Zomato before you travel for the latest offers across Dubai.
MedicationHaving medication with you can be a problem in a few counties and in Dubai you need to be aware that certain medication such as codeine based medicines and some opiates that are OK in the UK, are banned in the UAE. Check online for up to date list of restricted medication in the UAE and carry an official letter from your Doctor.
Getting around is easyGetting around in Dubai is very easy but not somewhere you would want to walk for too long, especially in the highs of Summer. All hotels and restaurants will call you a taxi and they are metered and generally good value. If you fancy something different then try out the Metro or water taxis.
Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Saadiyat Island Abu Dhabi
Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island is located on undoubtedly one of the best beaches in the UAE. A relaxed island retreat with 400m of private beach and laidback dining. The Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island is one of the first resorts in the UAE to ban single-use plastics with every guest given a refillable water bottle.
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas Saadiyat Island Abu Dhabi
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas is located on the pristine shores of Saadiyat Island. Situated just a few minutes from the trendy nightspots and the cultural districts of the capital centre of Abu Dhabi
Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island Saadiyat Island Abu Dhabi
Located just 25 minutes for Abu Dhabi airport and situated on the beautiful white sands of Saadiyat Island is the Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island. The Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island is the first all-Inclusive on Saadiyat Island which joins the Rixos family of all-inclusive resorts in the UAE. The Rixos Saadiyat Island 378 elegant rooms, suites and villas with their mediterranean feel offer modern amenities and views across the hotel and sea. The premium rooms offer direct pool access whereby the suites offer families the opportunity to enjoy larger rooms.
Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas Saadiyat Island Abu Dhabi
The Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas is located on one of the best pristine white beaches in the UAE, which stretches along 9km on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island. Holidays to Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas are quickly becoming a favourite holiday to Abu Dhabi travellers with its modern Arabic architecture and magnificent view of the Arabian Gulf.
St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort Saadiyat Island Abu Dhabi
St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort was one of the first luxury hotels to be built on the beautiful stretch of beach on Saadiyat Island. Built in a Mediterranean style and boasting spectacular sea views of the platinum white sand beach of Saadiyat Island and the Arabian Gulf.
Zaya Nurai Island Resort Saadiyat Island Abu Dhabi
Zaya Nurai Island Resort, Abu Dhabi is located on its own island, linked hourly by a 15-minute boat ride from the mainland. Recently renovated in 2016, the beach hotel has deluxe villas located on the beach or over the ocean with many providing private swimming pools and breathtaking sea views.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is the world’s first Ferrari theme park. The park is a tribute to the passion, excellence,