Soul Beach

Soul Beach – Sunseeker Paradise on Saadiyat Island (But is it Worth it?)

by Abu Dhabi Travel Planner Team

If you’d like to enjoy some of the softest white sand in Abu Dhabi with the sound of crashing waves, then you’ll want to head to Soul Beach on Saadiyat Island.

Soul Beach is a new leisure destination adjacent to the Mamsha Al Saadiyat community in Abu Dhabi. The pristine and manicured 1km stretch of Saadiyat Beach includes a 400m swimming zone in the Arabian Gulf with 400 parasol-covered sunbeds offering a refreshment service.

The refreshment service is available for delivery directly to guests’ sunbeds, allowing them to order from QR code-driven menus via WhatsApp, then have their refreshments delivered by golf buggy.

Lifeguards patrol the beach and guests are provided with clean bathrooms and changing facilities. There’s also beach volleyball and some play equipment on the beach for younger guests.

Where is Soul Beach?

Adjacent to the Louvre Abu Dhabi and Manarat Al Saadiyat in the Saadiyat Cultural District, Mamsha Al Saadiyat is an exclusive Aldar beachfront development, including luxury residential properties and retail outlets.

  • You can get Bus 94 from Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station to Mamsha Al Saadiyat
  • Tourists staying on Saadiyat Island can avail the free Visit Abu Dhabi shuttle bus route A1
  • By private car, there is plentiful public parking at Mamsha Al Saadiyat. You will pay 10 AED per hour for stays longer than 1 hour
  • Use a taxi or rideshare service such as Careem to be dropped off right near the entrance to the beach
soul beach mamsha al saadiyat

Soul Beach Opening Hours and Cost

  • Soul Beach is open from 7:00 AM to sunset (variable throughout the year), 7 days per week.
  • Entry is AED 50 per person on weekdays (Children AED 25) and AED 75 (Children AED 40) on weekends and public holidays, which includes only a sunbed.
soul bach on saadiyat island

Important things to note when planning a visit to Soul Beach Abu Dhabi:

  • You need to bring your own towels
  • Kids are classed as 6 to 12 years old; 5 years old and under is free
  • You cannot bring your own outside food and beverages
  • Pets are not welcome
  • You cannot advance book, they work on a first-come basis
  • All members of your party need to pay for a sunbed; no extra guests can come in using towels on the beach
  • Your booking, it seems, only guarantees you a sunbed and not an umbrella/parasol – if they are all being used, you miss out (crucial to check this before paying on a hot sunny day)
  • You are not allowed in this area of the beach without paying – so there is no simply pulling up a towel anywhere opposite Mamsha Al Saadiyat

Want to see how this comapres to Abu Dhabi’s best beach clubs – check this guide out!

Mamsha Al Saadiyat

The area beside Soul Beach, Mamsha Al Saadiyat, is a hugely popular dining and lifestyle venue in the city. Emulating the beachside vibes, in winter, you will find over a dozen cafes and restaurants spilling out onto the palm tree-lined footpath.

mamsha al saadiyta palm tree lined boardwalk on saadiyat island
Mamsha Al Saadiyatadjacent to Soul Beach

Some popular dining spots along the beach include Beirut Sur Mer, Alkalime Wellness Restaurant & Lifestyle Space, and Raclette Brasserie & Cafeour full review on our favourite spots in Mamsha Al Saadiyat coming soon!

Does Saadiyat have a public beach? There used to be a great spot, further east along the beach, you could enjoy Saadiyat Beach for free if you did not want a deck chair. This was replaced by “Kai Beach” which also charged guests for basic facilities; this venue is also now ‘temporarily closed’ for refurbishments, leaving visitors little choice but to pay for use of Soul Beach.

Our Verdict on Soul Beach: As a family with 3 kids, we simply cannot get value for money from the facilities here when kids are charged despite spending most of their time in the water and not on the deck chair! When we add the cost of parking, it becomes a particularly pricey day when there are other Abu Dhabi beaches you can access for free – e.g. Mamsha on Hudayriyat Island.

If you are visiting Abu Dhabi as a single or couple and not staying at a resort with access to the beach, we can see the appeal for a fun day in the sun with a glamourous setting (although some of their sunbeds a few years in could definitely do with replacing).


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