In pictures: Abu Dhabi’s Hudayriyat leisure island opens
Published on November 9, 2020 at 15.26
Here’s a quick look into what awaits you at the newest leisure destination, situated on the west coast of Abu Dhabi.
Daydreaming of camping out on the beach or exploring a heritage trail? Or how about taking your new BMX bike for a spin or some wall climbing adventure? You can do all these — and more — on Al Hudayriyat Island in Abu Dhabi when it officially opens to the public tomorrow, November 10. Here’s a quick look into what awaits you at the newest leisure destination, situated on the west coast of Abu Dhabi, surrounded by exceptional views of the Capital’s skyline. (Photos by Ryan Lim / Khaleej Times)
Take on the challenge of the great outdoors:
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, Splash Park, High Rope Park and a Skate Park.
Camp out and go stargazing with your family: Catering to all tastes and budgets, Bab Al Nojoum will offer camping area for families with options of standard tents for two, to luxury tents for four, six, or even a two-floor tent providing unforgettable stargazing experiences with private beach access.
Test your endurance with obstacle course racing: Children and adults alike will also have the opportunity to experience obstacle courses at OCR Park, the UAE’s biggest permanent obstacle course site. OCR Park will merge obstacle course racing and endurance fitness with the latest in technology to create an innovative new fitness challenge.
Get inspired by art and connect with nature: The Hudayriyat Heritage Trail is located along the waterfront, offering visitors the opportunity to connect with nature and enjoy the tranquility of Hudayriyat Island. Here, visitors will also learn the historical and cultural significance of the island with educational signs and beautiful artworks along the path.
Sweat it out and enjoy your favourite sport: The 321 Sports features sports fields, jogging tracks, and a range of indoor fitness facilities. Visitors will be able to enjoy a diverse array of amenities, including a full-size football pitch, tennis, basketball and badminton courts. In addition, visitors will also have access to Hudayriyat Courts, which feature a variety of courts for all sports enthusiasts. Built following international specifications and standards, the area features a range of courts and sports fields.
Jog and cycle: Promoting walking, jogging and cycling as the preferred mode of transport, the Cycling Track, as well as wide and well-shaded footpaths offer visitors a stretch 5-10 km of tracks across the Island. The Bike Park also offers visitors a chance to enjoy cycling on three different trails, each of which are designed for beginners, intermediate and advanced cyclists. Visitors can enjoy the recreational exercise at the 300m Floating Track or one of the Bike Park’s three, five or 10 km cycle paths, shaded rest areas, cycling paths, and a jogging track.
Eat, play, swim: At the heart of the destination lies Marsana, a vibrant waterfront promenade home to 17 food and beverage outlets.
In addition to a skate park and a children’s splash park and play area, there is easy access to the public beach, an outdoor gym, cycle paths, and a marina with a wooden pier. Swimming enthusiasts’ also have free access to the beach at Hudayriyat Beach, which extends over a vast area totalling 24,000 square meters, 600 meters of which is dedicated to swimming.