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Shuweihat Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE: All You Need to Know about

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Brilliant post @Emmanuel, thanks for sharing this. I'm so tempted to go to Shuweihat Island now after seeing all these images and video.

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100 Points awarded to @Emmanuel for this "Exceptional Post".

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On 4/9/2019 at 9:45 AM, Emmanuel said:

Shuweihat Island, Location, Waypoints, Photos, Videos, Reviews and Feedback from the travellers who visited before.

Shuwaihat Island offers the best mix of clear water shallow beaches with beautifully textured rocks and zero light pollution to enjoy the stars like never before. This island is a perfect place for any photographer to capture incredible shots of great variety from the sky, water, rocks, sun, beach, sea in one place. Sandstone colour rocks and low-lying cliffs that look like mini caves are mesmerizing in itself. 

Shuweihat Island is about 3 hours and 30 minutes away from Dubai and 2 hours and 30 minutes from Abu Dhabi. As you will be driving on International Highway E11 so be confident to overtake truckers every now and then at high speed.

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Although you can reach in a sedan car, but getting closer to the water or reaching to tall rocks or crossing the rocky terrain 4WD is better. I visited Shuwaihat Island on the last national day weekend and this place was very crowded with hundreds of cars. Shuweihat Island scenery is so beautiful that you can spend hours doing nothing and enjoying the nature if you plan to visit during good weather. You can enjoy the rocky formation and clear water shoreline is amazing, of course with sandals as the beach is mixed with sand and rocks.

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If you plan to stay here for long, you should carry enough water and food as there is no grocery or cafeteria nearby. You can fill up the petrol in the last Adnoc Fuel station at Qareen Al Aish and pack up the food supplies as this Adnoc gas station is big enough to have a convinient store, ATM, restaurant and toilets.

Adnoc at Qareen Al Aish: https://goo.gl/maps/PSQ2hvJWHJy

This is my recommended spot that I found the best in terms of scenic beauty and access to the beach.

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24°06’42.2”N 52°25’57.4”E 

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Reviews:

  • Tripadvisor - 4 out 5 based on 10 reviews
  • Google: 4.6 out of 5 based on 152 reviews

Best time to visit: October to May, when the weather is not too hot for outdoor.

Shuweihat Island Entry Fee: There are no charges to visit or using public areas

Shuweihat Island Timing: It is open 24/7, 365 days, you can enjoy in day and night too.

Shuweihat Island Camping: Not sure if it's allowed everywhere, as part of Shuweihat Island is owned by Army. If you happen to make an attempt, keep it clean and less noisy and you might get away.

Essentials: Outdoor clothing and closed footwear, few good torches or flashlight if you plan to stay after dark. Online GPS is a must for driving (offline is even better), carry plenty of water and food if you plan to stay outdoors for long hours.

Keep it clean: Don't litter anywhere, because trash cans, plastic and glass kill wildlife.

Emergency: If bitten by a snake or a Scorpio take a picture or remember the colour and size and rush to the nearest hospital for a specific antidote for that species. Keep yourself calm, so your blood pressure and heartbeat stay low to help you minimize the effect. 

Feedback: Please leave your feedback below if you have been to Shuweihat and like to add something more.

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