How to Spend a Weekend on Saadiyat Island

Do you have a weekend to spare? If so, then you can head on to Saadiyat Island for a weekend of sun, sand, and sea.

Saadiyat Beach: Paradise in the Abu Dhabi

Aptly called the Island of Happiness, Saadiyat Island can be your home away from home. Just seven minutes away from downtown Abu Dhabi sits this 27 square kilometre haven.

While there’s a public beach where you can enjoy Abu Dhabi’s warm turquoise waters, you can reward yourself with the ultimate Saadiyat Island experience when you avail yourself of the beach club day pass to Saadiyat Beach Club. You can also opt for the annual pass for year-round indulgence. This exclusive property affords you a truly satisfying experience where you can treat yourself and your loved ones to a world of fine living, health, and well-being.

Here’s how you can fill your weekend with fun and the finer things in life at Saadiyat Island’s elite beach club:

1. The Beach

Of course, one of the main attractions would be the sparkling waters of Saadiyat beach. You can lounge in the airy beach cabanas or pick a serene spot where you can soak up the sun.

The 9 km stretch of glorious beach has also been certified with a Blue Flag eco label since October 2013, making it a safe harbour for its natural inhabitants, Hawksbill sea turtles. You can also chance upon dolphins happily frolicking in the ocean or simply immerse yourself in the calm atmosphere of the beach.

If you’re more of the adventurous type, you can engage in the varied water sports in the area. Marvel at the sea creatures as you snorkel and swim, row away in a kayak or paddle along in a family paddle boat. You can also try out wave surfing, windsurfing, and sailing.

2.The Pool

If you’re not much of a beach bunny, you can opt to just dip your toes in the 650 metre chilled pool.

This stunning facility is not just for swimming though. You can languidly lounge around by yourself or with friends at the poolside cabanas that seem to magically float atop shimmering waters. Quench your thirst with cool drinks or just sit back and enjoy the company. You can also rely on the prompt and friendly service from the well-trained staff.

3.The Restaurants

Sate your appetite with delicious fare from any of the three dining establishments inside Saadiyat Beach Club.

Delightful drinks and savory snacks are ready for your tasting at Cabana 9, the indoor / terrace pool bar at the beach club. If you’re craving for fresh seafood, then the doors of Safina is open with mouthwatering Mediterranean cuisine. For club members who prefer to dine in peace and quiet, the Library Lounge is the ideal spot. It’s a relaxing retreat for some relaxing drinks and mellow conversation.

4.The Happenings

It’s never a dull moment at Saadiyat Island with all the happenings and events.

For one, you can find one of the best brunches this side of the world. Saadiyat Beach Club offers a scrumptious Friday brunch packages. Choose from three different brunch options ranging from the soft beverage, bubbly, or French bubbly sets. Chefs will expertly prepare lip-smacking meals such as grilled barbecues, an assortment of Asian food, seafood selection, a cheese bar, and delectable desserts.

You can also join in on special events such as the Ladies Day. For ladies, Tuesdays at Saadiyat Beach Club means deep-house tunes and entertainment couples with a selection of unlimited beverages.

There are also various events that happen on special days of the year. For example, this September treats visitors to a UFC Viewing Party by the pool. There are special packages for gentlemen and ladies as well as a selection of treats that come with the bundle.

5.The Health and Wellness Facilities

You can also come to Saadiyat for a dose of wellness and pampering.

Gentlemen can indulge themselves through an exquisite experience brought on by expert hands. Male guests can rest and relax while being groomed using only the finest products and highest regard for hygiene at 1847.

Meanwhile, health and fitness buffs can work out to their heart’s content at the Workout Room. Here, guests can choose a variety of fitness programmes that fit their needs. With views of the beach and gardens, you can keep in shape while professional fitness trainers design and encourage you to attain your fitness goals. You can also choose to join classes in yoga, Pilates, or Barre.

Spectacular Saadiyat

Whether it’s a weekend or the whole year, you can certainly come to Saadiyat Island to relax, unwind, or re-energize. There’s always something for everyone so it doesn’t matter if you revel in the vibrant or energetic or simply want to savour the calm and serenity. For a spot of respite from the busy city, coming to Saadiyat Island is definitely a worthwhile choice.


Soraya Abdul Azis is the Marketing Manager for Saadiyat Beach Club in the UAE, the very first beach club on Saadiyat where guests can enjoy and celebrate a world of fine living, health and well-being. Soraya has worked in Design, Advertising and PR in Dubai and Beirut for the past 4 years.