Hudayriat Island – A Family Friendly Beach in Abu Dhabi

Explore & enjoy the beach and indulge in some excellent food with the family this weekend.

With the weather finally cooling down what better way to spend time than at the beach on Hudayriat Island sipping on a refreshing drink from one the myriad of Food Trucks on site.

Hudayriat Island, situated just off the Bateen Beach, is stunning local getaway from the bustling city with a spectacular beach, cycling tracks, kids’ activities, food trucks and incredible views across the Gulf.

Very popular spot for Abu Dhabi residents with ample of parking, lovely beach loungers to rent and lots of varieties of food to sample.

Be it just to chill or play tennis, beach volleyball or just to take your bike and do a nice long ride this island has it all.

Hudayriat Bridge

The Hudayriat Bride formally know as the bridge to nowhere connects the Island to the Bateen area of Abu Dhabi.


This is an architectural wonder in itself, 1.3 KM long and 36 Meters wide it is the UAE’s longest stay cable bridge and an engineering feat, its height being designed to permit huge private yachts to pass under it with ease.

Things to Do

Whether you are a cyclist, love water sports or enjoy hitting the beach with your family, there is something for everyone at this island attraction.

Beach Activities

The long stretch of beach is open to the public with beach loungers and bodyguards in place, there are tennis and volleyball courts. Its pristine sandy beach with gentle waves is perfect for splashing around.

The beach offers full changing rooms and bathrooms for men and women with outdoor showers making it very user friendly.


The best cycling tracks in Abu Dhabi are here, the island has two loops, one 5 KM and the other is 10 KM. The track is well lit so you can ride along day and night and enjoy the stunning views.

Don’t have your own bike not to worry, visitors can also get in on the action by renting bikes and helmets from Yas Cycles which has a branch here.


There are more than a dozen food trucks on Al Hudayriat Island to choose from serving everything from fast food to breakfast and coffee.

Most of them are drive thru or you can park, order and eat at the beach. The trucks keep changing often so every time you visit there is something new.

Kids Playground

The island beach offers a colorful playground for the entertainment of young visitors. Complete with slides and swings, the play area is situated on a sandy patch of land next to the beach.


Right under the bridge are public slipways free of charge for jet skis and boats, owners can use them and enjoy cruising around the island.

Hudayriat Island has also been the site of various events. Prominent examples include the Abu Dhabi Triathlon Festival which took place in 2019.

Additionally, the island has also hosted an open-air cinema. The pop-up drive-in theater was a two-day event and a part of the Abu Dhabi Moments initiative held last year. 


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