Access to Saadiyat Beach is available through specially-created boardwalks that allow people to cross over the dunes without damaging them, while access through the dunes remains open underneath.
It is important to protect these rare, low coastal dunes as they are vital for the preservation of Abu Dhabi’s flora and fauna. They also act as a natural barrier to storm waves for beachfront properties.
The Dunes, fronted by a deep sandy beach, form the preferred nesting habitat for the critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle, which come ashore each year to nest, mainly between April and July. Hatchlings emerge from the nest approximately 60 days after nesting.
Additionally, gazelles, birds, reptiles and smaller mammals such as gerbils can be spotted within the Saadiyat Dune Protection Zone, whether to use it as a nesting area or feeding ground and hiding place, along with the Saadiyat Beach Golf Course.
The coastal waters of Saadiyat Beach similarly feature a number of Abu Dhabi’s prominent species, including Indo-Pacific humpback and bottlenose dolphins, green turtles, stingrays and blacktip sharks.