Abu Dhabi Corniche Walk, Abu Dhabi (Self Guided)

Corniche Road, or simply The Corniche, is a popular place in Abu Dhabi wrapping around the western side of the city's main island. Today it abounds in cycling paths, fountains and well manicured parks, yet it wasn't until the early 2000s that the Corniche was extended at the expense of the land reclaimed from the sea. Some of its earlier landmarks had to go during the process, while overall the Corniche gained popularity as a high-end recreational area and a public beach thanks to the significant deposits of sand. To enjoy and explore the delights of the Corniche in more detail, follow this self-guided walk!
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Abu Dhabi Corniche Walk Map

Guide Name: Abu Dhabi Corniche Walk
Guide Location: United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi (See other walking tours in Abu Dhabi)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Author: leticia
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Baynunah Hilton Hotel Tower

1) Baynunah Hilton Hotel Tower

The Baynunah Hilton Hotel is a 20th-century modern tower located near the Family Garden and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority Tower. This postmodern dark blue building with a white dome is a beautiful Abu Dhabi landmark that stands 164.90 meters high.
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Family Garden

2) Family Garden

Family Garden is located near the Hilton Hotel and Corniche Road. The garden is a nice place and offers a beautiful fountain, fine local plants, palms, trees, and a vast range of play equipment for children. It is truly a great place for recreation for the whole family.
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Abu Dhabi Corniche

3) Abu Dhabi Corniche (must see)

On your trip to Abu Dhabi, do not miss a visit to Corniche, a six kilometer long road that extends from the Sheraton Hotel to the Hilton Hotel. The city is bordered by this coastal boulevard which in turn is lined with many attractive gardens along the Corniche. The many gardens in the city is a direct result of Abu Dhabi ruler’s passion for greenery.

At each and every intersection of the Corniche, you will find a beautiful fountain. Enjoy the amazingly picturesque sites in the city with the elegant backdrop of modern buildings across the sea. Along Corniche’s seafront, you will find spectacular sandy beaches of Abu Dhabi.

Corniche is an ideal place for families to relax, for athletes who wish to practice and for children who love playing in open space. There is a cycling track for cycling enthusiasts. You will also find a variety of snack machines serving hungry visitors apart from clearly demarcated areas such as children’s playgrounds, beach volleyball court, walking track, swimming area and toilets. The swimming area is monitored by lifeguards. Corniche encourages people to get together and enjoy a memorable time. The refreshing landscape will certainly mesmerize you. Do not miss out a visit to this amazing tourist attraction on your trip to Abu Dhabi.
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The Lake Garden

4) The Lake Garden

The Lake Garden is located near the beautiful Abu Dhabi Heritage Park and famous Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. The garden is part of the Corniche Gardens and has a very large lake in its center. Visitors may also enjoy the Layali Zaman restaurant and spectacular views of the sea.
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The Formal Garden

5) The Formal Garden

The Formal Garden is a beautiful garden that is part of the Corniche Gardens. The Formal Garden contains a labyrinth, as well as an open grass field used as a cricket and football pitch. The Formal Garden also features a pleasant fountain in the center and a diverse selection of rides and playground equipment.

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Create Your Own Walk in Abu Dhabi

Create Your Own Walk in Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi Places of Worship

Abu Dhabi Places of Worship

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Abu Dhabi Self-Guided Tour (South-West)

Abu Dhabi Self-Guided Tour (South-West)

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Shopping at Abu Dhabi

Shopping at Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is a heaven for the lovers of shopping. The United Arab Emirates’ capital has become one of the main shopping centers in the world. After visiting the best of the city's shopping venues, tourists will gain an appreciation for the unique shopping experience.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Al Markaziyah Orientation Walk

Al Markaziyah Orientation Walk

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Shopping at Al Mina

Shopping at Al Mina

Shopping in Abu Dhabi is a real pleasure. This shopper’s paradise has all, from gigantic malls to interesting souks and markets. Visitors will find here an amazing and unique shopping experience. One of the most popular shopping areas in the city is Al Mina, a great place to start one's shopping excursion.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Abu Dhabi for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Abu Dhabi has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Abu Dhabi, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.