Abu Dhabi’s “Bridge to Nowhere” finally goes somewhere!
In 2009, the longest cable suspension bridge in the UAE completed works. But no cars would cross the bridge for many years to come as the bridge went to what we now know as Al Hudayriyat Island was little more than a vast, desolate sand island, off the west coast of Abu Dhabi Island – nearly matching the main city island in length.
Roll the clock forward to 2020 and Al Hudayriyat is now the go-to sports and leisure destination of Abu Dhabi. A beachfront and cycling track already opened in May 2018 but now a new all-star new lineup of outdoor adventures await families and fitness enthusiasts.
The Hudayriyat Recreation Project is a 3000-hectare waterfront community known as the Hudayriyat Leisure & Entertainment District.
Connecting to the mainland at Al Bateen Beach – an extension of 19th Street – here’s what you can expect to find on the island now that much of the construction work is complete:
Bab Al Nojoum Glamping
Housing groups between 2 to 6 people in simple canvas tents through to luxury glamping – or even enjoy a two-floor floating tent for stargazing with your own private beach!
Operated by Mawaird Hotels and Hospitality, you can learn more and how to book your glamping tents and campsites at www.babalnojoum.com.
The newly opened OCR Park proudly holds the title as the UAE’s largest obstacle course – with the adult and children’s courses each containing 8 obstacle challenges for endurance fitness with the latest technology
Tickets cost 100 AED for a weekday pass or 150 AED for a weekend pass.
Classes run daily between 6:00 am and 8:00 pm for varying fitness levels.
Learn more at www.ocrpark.com
321 Sports boasts a huge range of indoor and outdoor sporting amenities, including:
- A full-sized outdoor football pitch
- 4 basketball courts
- 4 volleyball courts
- 4 beach volleyball courts
There are also facilities for paddle tennis and badminton.
Incorporated within 321 Sports is the already opened 10km bike track, free to use or you can rent your bikes from 321 Sports, as well as a 2km running track.
Part of the sports facilities is 321 Hub which includes a gym, bike studio, cafe and kids zone.
Guests can pay as they go for court or equipment hire, or residents may be interested in their membership packages, monthly and annual.
Learn more and make your advance bookings at 321sports.ae
Circuit X is Abu Dhabi’s newest outdoor adventure hub, offering thrilling, fun and challenging experiences for people of all ages. This one-of-a-kind adventure park features four exhilarating offerings including a BMX Track and High Rope Park at Adventure Village, as well as a Skate Park and Splash Park at Marsana.
Pricing at Circuit X
- BMX Track 40AED for one hour
- High Ropes Park 55AED for two circuits + additional features paid separately
- Splash Park 50AED for one hour
- Skate Park 20 AED for one hour
Further pricing and package options are available. Open 7 days (note there are staggered aged group times for the BMX Park and Skate Park on weekends)
Learn more and make bookings at circuitxuae.com
The Hudayriyat Heritage Trail
Operated by Mawarid Hotels and Hospitality, explore the waterfront Hudayriyat Heritage Trail to connect with nature and learn more about the historical and cultural significance of the island.
The Heritage Trail links from the adventure and Bab al Nojoum side of the island to Marsana.
Marsana is the entertainment district and waterfront promenade. From kid-friendly fast food to coffees to go, the fun and colourful beachfront dining sport can be “grab-and-go” or dine in with food truck style dining while taking on the waterside views – fun, vibrant and utterly instagrammable!
Circuit X Splash Park and Skate Park
Note that these two Circuit X parks are actually within the Marsana complex on the western side of the island. Both are paid activities and booking in advance is recommended.
Beach and playground
The beachfront and playground at Al Hudayriyat opened during the first stage of development remain free. There’s a patrolled 600m stretch of calm water along with shower and toilet facilities.
The beach is open daily from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm.
How do you get to Hudayriyat Island
Al Hudayriyat island sits to the est of the main Abu Dhabi Island. The spectacular suspension bridge to the island is an extension of Sheikh Shakhbout bin Sultan Street (19th street), you’ll find the entry at the junction of Khalifa Al Mubarak Street (Al Bateen Beach) – which is about halfway between the Abu Dhabi Corniche and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
You can drive or use the dedicated cycling lanes, just don’t stop for photos even though the views back to the city skyline are spectacular.
How do you book activities at Al Hudayriyat?
All visitors at present must pre-book the new recreation facilities before driving to the island. The beach, cycling track and running track remain free on a ‘first come’ basis, they tend not to be too crowded.
All other recreation facilities must be pre-booked – as linked with the third-party providers above.
Opening Hours Al Hudayriyat Island
Al Hudayriyat is open 7 days a week.
Opening times vary by each facility, with links to the operator’s websites as stated above.
Learn more at https://www.hudayriyatisland.ae/.
Please note updated health and safety rules set by the Abu Dhabi government require a “green pass” on the Alhosn App before entering any public places, this includes all the recreation facilities on Al Hudayriyat.
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