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Kai Beach is open on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi

The beach club has turtles, tacos and turquoise waters.

Kai Beach on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi is already making a splash. The newly opened beach club boasts beautiful turquoise waters as well as a white sandy beach, and promises to be a tranquil escape in the city. 

The location will be familiar to locals, as it was previously Saadiyat Public Beach. The original public beach closed during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic and never fully reopened. Now, it has rebranded as Kai Beach and is set to be one of Abu Dhabi’s coolest new beach hangouts.

Kai Beach Abu Dhabi

The boho chic vibes are strong, from the macrame parasols to the beach shacks. Make a day out of it, as the venue serves food and drink, including soft drinks and house beverages (yes, it’s licensed). 

The MLT food truck serves street food covering Mexican classics, from tacos to quesadillas. And, if you’re less about swimming and more about sunning, you can lie back and order shisha by your sun lounger. 

It’s not just us that want to spend the day at Kai Beach. What makes it unique is that it has rich native wildlife, which includes endangered Hawksbill turtles that use the beach as their nesting ground.

Kai Beach is open daily between 7am and sunset. Get there early, as you cannot reserve and it operates on a first come, first served basis. Once you’ve bagged your lounger, get ready to relax, as everything you need to freshen up is on site – changing rooms and restrooms are conveniently located along the beach.  

On weekdays, it costs AED 75 for adults and AED 35 for children. On weekends and public holidays, it costs AED 95 for adults and AED 60 for children. Child tickets are valid for individuals aged between six to 12 years old, and those under six years old can enter for free. 

If you want to enter the beach, you must provide proof of vaccination through the Al Hosn app. The app must display a green status or you should have a negative PCR test that is valid for 48 hours. 

A 500-meter stretch of pristine shores awaits. 

GO: Visit www.kaibeachsaadiyat.com for more information.

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