The Corniche is a 6 km. road along the coast of the Arabian Gulf skirting the city of Abu Dhabi. The background is set with a number of tall and picturesque buildings facing the sea. The entire road has beautiful and scenic gardens on both the sides of the road. The Corniche extends from the Sheraton Hotel to the Hilton Hotel.
The road is about 21 km. away from the Abu Dhabi International Airport, and without a doubt, it is the best road in entire Abu Dhabi. Most of the buildings on the Corniche face the sea. The Corniche is famous all over the Middle East for its beauty and splendor. This road has contributed enormously to the growth of the tourism industry. The fountains which are to be seen at all the intersections of the Corniche have added to the beauty and magnificence of the road. Three of the fountains are really beautiful and worth making a mention – the Volcano, the Dallah, and the Pearl. A drive along the Corniche would definitely make your trip memorable and if you don’t fancy a drive take a cruise or a boat which will take you along the Corniche. If this is not your cup of tea either, then take a walk down to the end of the road. It is an experience that you would never forget.
The Corniche is a very beautiful and picturesque place. Some of the beautiful sandy beaches are located along the seafront of the Corniche. Everyone, without any exception, loves the Corniche. The people feel that the Corniche is Abu Dhabi’s gift to the people – athletes like to practice on this stretch, cyclists like to cycle on the special track, old people like to take a walk here, children like to play here, and families feel it is an ideal place for the whole family. It also serves as a retreat for young love-birds who find the beautiful place very romantic. The Corniche contains clearly segregated areas for playing, walking, children’s playgrounds, and places for other activities. If you would like to do some swimming, you ought to do so in the specially nominated places which are monitored by professional lifeguards from surveillance towers. People who are more adventurous and would like to venture deeper into the sea are specially guided by expert swimmers.
Snack and water dispensing machines are found in abundance to cater to the needs of the visitors. Beach umbrellas have been installed in and around the beaches for the comfort of those who would like to relax in the shade. The Corniche has a central building for the benefit of the tourists and visitors, which contains changing rooms, eateries and restaurants, and even a mosque for the visitors to offer prayers.
The Corniche is an ideal place for picnics, get-togethers and family reunions. It is indeed a boon to the people of Abu Dhabi as well as to the tourists which is the reason that it has become a major tourist attraction. The Corniche is beautiful by day, but by night it is even more beautiful.
When you visit Abu Dhabi make it a point not to miss the Corniche. If you do so, you would have lost an opportunity of a life time.