Abu Dhabi's Corniche has undergone massive redevelopment over the past few years. Along the Corniche Road West you can find a long stretch of pathways, cycling area, benches, trees and shades. Very ideal spot to unwind and relax. Best time of the day to visit is early morning and late afternoon when the sun is not too strong.
The beauty of the recently landscaped corniche in Abu Dhabi is only amplified by the inviting turquoise blue waters of the Gulf and the coral-coloured beach dunes of the outer Lulu island. All of this is set against the uniform skyline of modern Abu Dhabi. During the winter half of the year, when the weather is more clement, the corniche becomes a fantastic place for long walks, bike rides or sun bathing. There numerous benches for one to sit and plenty of grass for one to lie down.
A visit to Abu Dhabi will not be complete without taking a stroll down the famed Corniche. The Corniche stretch along the sea is the best place to take in the view of the entire skyline and beautiful sea. The pedestrian walkway provided was superb and you could see many locals jogging or cycling in the evening. You may also find a stretch where some locals will picnic or camp.
All along the Corniche you will also pass by some parks and gardens. These are nice place to chill out and spend a weekend.
A nice place to snap some photos while you are on holiday in Abu Dhabi. Good idea to catch a taxi and ask him to take you all the way along the Corniche so that you can have an overview of the place. Stop anywhere you wish and take a stroll from there till you think you've had enough!
When walking along the Corniche there are things to see- flowers, fountains , the sea view, boats. It is particularly busy after sunset when the temperature drops. Joggers and walkers take advantage of the long Corniche to get exercise in the cool of the evening.
Restaurants are busy.
The Corniche in Abu Dhabi is a really nice place to hang out with a very wide view of the Ocean, unlike the beach in Dubai which is mostly covered by hotels and private beaches.
Driving along the Corniche road is really nice too, especially around sunset time when the sun disappears into the ocean.
In my stays in "Abu Dhabi", which are mostly business trips, I prefer to accommodate in Hotels close to "Corniche Area", sothat I can have the opportunity to have a great walk after a busy day on the seaside ...
"The Corniche" is very nice, the road boulevard spreads across an impressive eight kilometres of manicured waterfront that includes children’s play areas, separate cycle and pedestrian pathways, cafés and restaurants and the "Corniche Beach" which is a lifeguarded beach park.
Actually on day time you are not able to see many people walking at the corniche and on the streets, due two reasons, as first they are on work, and as second as it is enormous hot with a yearly average of 30 degrees celcius mostly ...
So, as the sun turns to red and starts to go down and the evening approaches, locals appear on the streets and on corniche, feeling the light breeze from the sea. Besides locals, there are also many expats on corniche on walking, cycling or jogging ...
And corning the beach, the so named "Corniche Beach", this lengthy stretch of beach extends along Corniche Road from near the Hilton Hotel to beyond Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, where you’ll find its main entrance. During the week you can usually find a beach umbrella but during the weekend they may all go quickly. You can’t swim out very far; floating fences keep you within 40 mts of the beach and there are plenty of lifeguards around.
Abu Dhabi’s pristine Corniche beachfront has been awarded coveted Blue Flag status - the internationally renowned eco-label for beaches and marinas that guarantees clean and safe bathing water.
Some 30,000 to 50,000 visitors flock to the Corniche every month, enjoying three separate sections for families, singles and the general public. There are more than 1,100 free parking spaces with a five minute walk of the beach which charges AED 10 (US $2.7) entry to the family and singles sections. Entry to the public beach is free.
Here on my "Travelogue" you can see more photos of the "Corniche" ... :
So, as conclusion, even you just wanna walk on pedestrian area or go to swim, "The Corniche" in "Abu Dhabi" is the right place for you ... Enjoy ... :)
Dubai has two corniches on the Dubai Creek, the Bur Dubai and Deira Corniche, but Abu Dhabi only has one but a more larger and lengthier corniche that faces Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi Corniche, it is eight kilometers long stretch of beach front composed of manicured waterfront that includes children’s play areas, separate cycle and pedestrian pathways, cafés and restaurants, and the Corniche Beach, This lengthy stretch of beach extends along Corniche Road from near the Hilton Hotel to beyond Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, where you’ll find the main entrance. At Night, The Corniche come alive with the party atmosphere as many of Abu Dhabi's foreign expatriate population hang out along the number of bars and restaurants along the corniche.
The prime real estate of the northern coastal strip has been given over to a stretch of green parkland that is undoubtedly the city’s most pleasant place to spend some leisure time. Starting at the western end by the clock tower it stretches for around 1.5km. The centrepiece is the Volcano Fountain, located centrally along the promenade’s length.
This massive water feature is just one of several located along the Corniche but is undoubtedly the most spectacular. Several tiers of separate fountains build up to the centrepiece, a conical fountain, built to represent a volcano. Plenty of greenery along the length of the Corniche makes it the favoured place among locals and tourists for an evening promenade.