Almost every single time I tell my friends from other parts of the world that I am about to go to the beach here in
, I get the same set of basic questions. So, just in case there are more people out there curious to know the answers, I’ve decided to write them down here for you… Abu Dhabi
Are you allowed to go to public beaches in
? Abu Dhabi
Yes, I am definitely allowed to go to public beaches in
and enjoy the sun and sea. Abu Dhabi
Can you wear a regular swimsuit?
Yes, I can wear a regular swimsuit and I am not forced to put on a burkini (polyester swimsuit that covers all body parts except for face, hands and feet).
Do you feel comfortable parading in a bikini out there?
It depends. Although I am allowed to go to public beaches, I do not really feel comfortable in a bikini there simply because there are too many men around and they do look – stare sometimes.
Thankfully, there are other options. For AED 10, women and men (accompanied by wife and children) can have access to what is called a family beach. It is much more private and filled with expats. Besides the fact that you won’t feel like a piece of meat around here, you will positively be able to relax. Just throw an extra AED 25 and rent an umbrella to protect you from the sun and a chaise for when you decide to work on your tan.
Now, whichever the case, I highly recommend that you choose your bikini carefully. No need to be dressed in a burkini, but also not wise to show up wearing a G-string bikini anywhere around here. Be sensible please!
Can you go to the beach throughout the year?
Well, the beach remains open to the public all 365 days of the year, but I doubt you will attempt to go there during the summer months. Although you can rent an umbrella and you do have access to public showers at the beach, it is excruciatingly hot – not even the sea will refresh you. You can try, but will probably not last too long out there…
What do you miss the most from the beach experience back home?
I must admit that although I was brought up in
Rio, I was never really a beach girl and would often prefer the pool to the sand and sea. However, there are a few things I do miss a lot whenever I am at the beach here: Globo crackers, grilled cheese and a very cold beer!!! I am sure the Cariocas (people born in ) scattered all around the world will agree with me on this! Rio de Janeiro