Plan your visit to Saadiyat Island Abu Dhabi

Making a trip to this hidden gem of a beach paradise? We’ve got all the information and resources you need to ensure that your trip to Saadiyat Island is memorable for all the right reasons.

Ease into the island way of life

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Saadiyat Island is from November to March, which is traditionally winter in the region. However October and April are also relatively cool, with temperatures of mid 30 degree C during the day, and mid 20s during the night. In November, temperatures drop a few degrees, while in December, January and February, temperatures below 20 degree C are common throughout the day. You may also encounter light rain in the winter months. This is a great time to visit as life on Saadiyat moves outdoors to the cafes, terraces, beaches and

Best months to visit: October to April
Lowest temperature in 2023: 15 degree C in January

Climate in Abu Dhabi

The UAE is situated in the Arabian Desert, and is known for its desert climate, with hot summers and cool winters. Saadiyat Island’s location by the Arabian Gulf means that it enjoys cooling sea breeze and the moderating effect of the sea. Since the country is in the Northern Hemisphere, summer falls between June and August, and winter from December to February. Winter is usually temperate with occasional showers. There is no real Spring or Autumn, and September, October, March and April are usually warmer but still hospitable, while July and August are scorching. However UAE residents still enjoy summer by limiting their time outdoors and opting for indoor activities. The UAE has air conditioning everywhere, from its bus stops to its malls to its public transport.

Saadiyat Island Coordinates: 24.5303° N, 54.4452° E
Elevation: 1 m above sea level

Visas to the UAE

Visitors from more than 70 countries are eligible for a free visa on arrival in the UAE. These include:

Australia, Andorra, Austria, Brunei, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America and the Vatican State.For other nationalities, here’s how it works:

GCC nationals : No visa needed to enter the UAE.
Citizens of countries not listed above: You will need a tourist, transit or visit visa. Click on the
Learn More button below for more information on visas and entry permits.

Travelling to the Island

While Saadiyat Island is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city, it is actually easily accessible from different parts of the UAE. The Island is 500 metres off the coast of Abu Dhabi and around 20 minutes away from the Abu Dhabi International Airport. You can easily travel to the Island by special shuttle, taxi, private car or public transport.
Check our extensive transport guide for more details on how to reach the Island from Abu Dhabi or Dubai.

Where to stay

Saadiyat Island is home to some of the finest luxury hotels and resorts in the country. All 5-star rated, they come with private beaches, luxury spas, fine dining restaurants and a host of world-class amenities. Choices are as diverse as a private island retreat, traditional Arabian inspired hotels or chic, modern resorts. Most of the Island’s hotels offer kid-friendly activities, making Saadiyat Island the perfect family destination.

Abu Dhabi and the UAE at a glance

The UAE is happy to welcome visitors from all over the world, and your experience here will be further enhanced if you’re mindful of a few facts:


The national language in the UAE is Arabic, however you’ll be able to get by with English everywhere. Signs are usually in both languages. On Saadiyat Island, just like elsewhere in the country, you will be greeted by a multicultural and multilingual workforce.

Time zone:

The UAE follows Gulf Standard Time, which is GMT + 4.

Dress code:

The UAE has no restriction on clothing, as long as it is respectful. In places of worship such as the Abrahamic House, you will need to be mindful of the dress code, which might include covering your hair as well as wearing long clothing up to the ankles. Please do check the Abrahamic House section under our FAQ for a detailed dress code.

On the beaches, you will be required to wear appropriate swimwear. Nudity is not permitted on UAE beaches.

If you’re visiting from Dec-Feb, do carry a jacket as it might get a bit chilly in the evening and early morning.


The currency of the UAE is the United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED). One dollar is equal to 3.67 AED. Credit and debit cards are accepted on the Island.


The UAE uses square three pin plugs (G) and the electrical supply is 220/240 volts.

Covid 19 vaccine:

You are no longer required to show proof of vaccination to visit Abu Dhabi.

Important numbers in Abu Dhabi

Police: 999
Fire Services: 997
Ambulances: 998
Coast Guard: 996