Five things to do on Abu Dhabi's new Hudayriat Island
The beach is now open and soon camping and swimming will be on the way
It was the bridge to nowhere that now takes you to somewhere – Hudayriat that is.
The enormous island is now open to the public, who can cycle or drive across the suspension bridge.
Almost the size of Abu Dhabi's main island in length, there are grand designs to one day make it a leisure and entertainment destination.
Here's what we know so far:
Hit the beach
A long stretch of beach opened to the public on Monday with loungers and lifeguards on hand.
The whole island is not accessible quite yet, but there are 600 metres of open and combed beach ready to be used.
Swimmers, however, will have to wait until after Ramadan when the guard rope around the swimming section is in place.
Major housing developments are planned in the coming years, so it's unlikely you'll be able to explore the whole island.
Cycle over the bridge and on to the island
There aren't that many places to safely cycle within the city, and enthusiasts often head to Yas Island in the evenings.
But the new bridge has a dedicated cycle lane and riders can head around some of the island at present.
Loops of running and cycling tracks are open, and 5km and 10km tracks are planned.
Other athletic attractions include five football fields, four basketball courts, four volleyball and four beach football courts.
Food trucks galore
Everyone's favourite mobile dining experience is back, with mobile kitchens providing food to families on an island excursion.
A number of food trucks were open during the opening ceremony on Sunday evening and it is expected that will fill up at the weekends.
Camping – but not quite yet
At the opening of the island on Sunday, sport council officials said there will soon be a camping area along with zip line, kayaks, kite-surfing and a mountain-bike course.
But there is no firm timeline on the site's arrival yet.
It's also not clear if the island will be open overnight yet, and it is likely it will wind down by late evening if there is no accommodation yet.
Kayaking and kite-surfing are planned for the waters off the island, and a boat and jet ski slipway is already open underneath the main bridge.
Loading and offloading of boats and jet skis is free of charge if owners do it themselves.
The island will eventually add 30 kilometres of waterfront to Abu Dhabi.
Updated: May 28, 2018 03:53 PM