By Shane McGinley
Exclusive Abu Dhabi-based beach club will allocate just 300 membership spots
Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island is set to see the launch of the Monte-Carlo Beach Club in September, an exclusive club that will cost members AED35,000 ($9,528) a year to join.
The resort, the first venue to open its doors on the island tourism spot, plans to offer just 300 membership places, the company said in a statement on Monday.
“We are providing a club with a level of luxury and exclusivity that has not been experienced in the region to date,” said Patrick Nayrolles, the club’s general manager.
The club is operated by SBM (Société des Bains de Mer), which has managed the Monte-Carlo Beach club in Monaco for around 90 years.
“We believe that Abu Dhabi has many synergies with Monte-Carlo. We looked at Saadiyat and where it is going to be in 10 years, and it promises to be an affluent district of Abu Dhabi, home to many of the capital’s well-off community.”
The 39,500 sq m club will also allow non-members to purchase day passes to gain access.
The UAE plans to attract 15 million tourists by 2020 under efforts to diversify its petrodollar-driven economy. Abu Dhabi is spending billions on visitor attractions such as the Yas and Saadiyat Island developments.
Saadiyat is the future home of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and a $500m branch of the Louvre, alongside a Gary Player-designed championship golf course.
"We believe that Abu Dhabi has many synergies with Monte Carlo"........one of the funniest things I have read for ages
hmmmm.... if anyone affluent on here would like to buy me membership please leave me a comment!, 35,000 is a little out of the price range for Personal Assistant!!!!!!
How utterly uninteresting. We might as well call it Copycat Island instead of Saadiyat Island!!
the cost of day access will be interesting. Unless its over 1000aed for a day pass, why would anyone join. With 300 members, how will they keep 4 restaurants open without hoards of day trippers? It would have been better to make it members only but get more members at a lower price. This would at least give the members something exclusive. It sounds like a hotel without the rooms - and for 35k you could spend plenty of time in Abu Dhabi hotels in a year and get something just as luxurious.