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Pay Dh100 to go to beach in Abu Dhabi

Controversial Yas beach entrance charges double on weekends

  • By Anjana Sankar, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 21:00 March 27, 2013
  • XPRESS

  • Image Credit: AHMED KUTTY/XPRESS
  • BEACHED: The beach fee hike has not gone down well with residents. Some of them have taken to social media to express their anger
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Abu Dhabi: Beach-goers in the capital are livid as the entry fee to Yas beach has been doubled to Dh100 on weekends and Dh50 on weekdays.

Until last week the individual admission fee was Dh50 on weekends and Dh25 on weekdays. Children between eight and 16 paid Dh15. Now they are charged Dh50 on weekends and Dh25 on weekdays.

“I went to the beach with my family and was shocked to see the new rates. We are a family of four. Why on earth would I pay Dh300 [two kids Dh50 each] to go to a beach?” asked Khalifa City resident Peter M.

Noile Courte, another resident, said she would rather go to the beach in Saadiyat or Corniche than pay so much.

Some residents have taken to social media to express their anger.

A post at Yas Beach’s Facebook page reads: “Most families go to the beach to enjoy a day out. Paying for amusement parks is very expensive and as parents we cannot do it all the time.”

Ventura Entertainment which manages the newly opened Yas Beach justified the hike, saying they are an exclusive beach club with five-star facilities catering mainly to the seven Yas hotels.

Misconception

“It is a misconception that this is a public beach. We are open to the public. But we mainly cater to the seven hotels on Yas Island as they are not beachfront properties. The beach access is complimentary for hotels guests, but the public has to pay,” said Omar Al Jaddou M.A., director of marketing, events and corporate communications at Ventura.

The company has also introduced a monthly membership fee for beach access.

General membership costs Dh350 per month for individuals, Dh600 for couples and Dh700 for a family of four, but there’s a Dh100 discount for residents from neighbourhood communities like Khalifa City, Al Raha, Al Bandar, Al Zeina, Al Mounira.

Natalie Nicolson, a British expat who lives near the corniche, said when she first saw the revised rates she thought they were for annual membership. “For a couple it is Dh600 a month or Dh7,200 a year. That’s too much to get some sun and sand,” she said.

However, Al Jaddou appeared optimistic saying people would flock to the beach once the first phase of the beach property is completed by year-end.

“We are in the first phase of developing an exclusive beach club with pool bars, restaurants that include a signature seafood restaurant, children’s playground etc, which will be ready by the end of this year,” he said.

Comments (21)

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  1. Added 17:59 March 28, 2013

    this is the best move taken by the yas authority...i would like to have more privacy on the beach rather than having too many people over there...i wouldnt mind throwing this amount for my privacy...by that way you can control the crowd as well...kudos yas authority ..you guys rock

    nadia, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 15:08 March 28, 2013

    That's one sad looking beach and pay Dh100 for that? Please take some time come to Dubai. Even the Jebel Ali beach is better.

    Akash, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 14:54 March 28, 2013

    Sorry, I've been to Yas Beach and they have a bar? How can you call it a public beach? It's a hotel beach!

    Simon, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 14:39 March 28, 2013

    I don't think this is a public beach. I think it is to serve the hotels. If it is then it's usually Dh200 on the weekend isnt it? This could actually be the cheapest hotel beach in Abu Dhabi!!

    Aziz Fawaz, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 14:36 March 28, 2013

    It's a good move to manage the crowd and to maintain the beach but let the authorities make some concession over the weekends for the kids at least!

    suresh, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 13:05 March 28, 2013

    Little by little everything we touch is being charged.... After spending 5-6 days in office, weekends are the days when one gets to go out and enjoy. Amusement parks and other places are high in price and are prefered by people only once in a while. Beaches and public parks need to be free of charge so that people can spend some tension free time there with kids and family. How does a person earning Dh4,000 to Dh5,000 per month take his kids out on weekends to places that have such rates? Does the average middle class have no right to enjoy?

    Abidha, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 12:11 March 28, 2013

    Rates are too high.

    Guerrero, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 11:54 March 28, 2013

    I am with Mr. Peter "Why on earth would I pay Dh300 [two kids Dh50 each] to go to a beach? True isnt it?

    Kishore, Dubai, India

  9. Added 11:12 March 28, 2013

    Welcome to Dubai...Welcome to Jumeirah!

    sangeetha s kumar, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 10:28 March 28, 2013

    Well, if the concerned authorities say it is not a public beach then I suppose people need to realise it and find alternative ways.

    Gurkamal Singh, Dubai, India

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