The Club’s Heritage


Situated on land kindly donated by the late H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, The Club was founded by a group of pioneering expatriates in 1962 and boasts a rich history spanning over 60 years. During this time, The Club has welcomed more than 50,000 Abu Dhabi residents from no fewer than 84 countries into its membership.

The Club is recognised as Abu Dhabi’s favourite Private Members’ Club, providing a plethora of facilities, activities, and services at hand for Members. The Club’s foundations are built upon the strong bond of an international community, where Members refer to The Club as their ‘second home.’

The Club 1962
The Club 1962 history
The Club 1962
Abu Dhabi heritage


iconic buildings

To commemorate The Club’s 60th Anniversary in 2022, artist Alan Dawson was commissioned to draw an abstract-montage piece. It features much of The Club’s iconic structures: Al Nadi Tower, Henderson’s Folly (the original Club building), and the Health Complex alongside other equally synonymous elements, such as the (recently removed) pylons, sailboats and the dhow.

These ‘Club’ images are surrounded by many of the old and new buildings of Abu Dhabi, a nod to the past and a record of the present. We hope it reflects The Club’s solid foundations in the ever-changing modernising city that we call home. Click on the link below to read more about the artist.


an iconic gift

To commemorate The Club’s 50th Anniversary in 2012, architect André C. Meyerhans was commissioned to design a unique structure that would embrace the region and complement the Abu Dhabi skyline. The white and red steel tower stands 14.5 metres tall at the edge of The Club’s breakwater.

Al Nadi Tower is an artistic lighthouse, with a viewing platform on the breakwater of The Club. Al Nadi literally means ‘The Club’ in Arabic. Read the speech on the link below by His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mubarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Tolerance, during the opening celebrations.