Things to do in Abu Dhabi with Family

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The largest of the seven Emirates and the capital city of UAE, Abu Dhabi, is a perfect example of a Gulf oil city that has evolved from a fishing village to a megacity in just a few decades. This city offers a blend of culture and traditions with magnificent monuments, stunning beaches, adventure-sport theme parks, and ultramodern shopping plazas. Abu Dhabi lets you relax and rejuvenate at the beaches, soak in the beautiful sights, and give you an adrenaline rush. Understand UAE’s history through guided tours, exhibitions, museums, and food. Plan your visit to kids activities Abu Dhabi and experience this destination with your family by visiting the places mentioned.

Admire the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, an epitome of grandeur and magnificence, is the largest in the United Arab Emirates. The mosque can accommodate around 41,000 worshippers. Due to its white marble structure, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is also called the White Pearl of the Gulf. The mosque has 84 domes carved out of white marble, 96 interior columns studded with jewels, 1096 external columns, beautifully patterned walls, chandeliers molded-in 24-carat gold, and the largest loomed carpet. There is a water pool running along the arcades. It is one of the most visited places throughout the year.

Be in Awe of the Emirates Palace

Emirates Palace is a five-star resort enjoyed by celebrities, heads of state, and royal families. It has a private beach, landscaped pools, and a private marina overlooking a natural bay. Feel the royalty as you experience the Arabian hospitality at its best. It costed more than a billion-dollar to build the Emirates Palace. Thin sheets of pure gold were imported from Italy.Guests can treat their taste buds to a culinary adventure in one of the fourteen restaurants and lounges throughout the palace. Enjoy the famous golden cappuccino at Le Cafe, with a 24-carat edible gold leaf marked with the hotel logo. There is no entry fee charged for just visiting the Emirates Palace.

Enjoy the Thrill at Ferrari World

Visit the most popular tourist destination in Abu Dhabi, Ferrari World, a theme park of a famous car manufacturing brand. Explore the thrilling rides in this park, spread across 86000 meters and a lifetime experience with spine-chilling rides, car displays, and a racecourse to flaunt your driving skills. Get an interactive experience with a motion-based simulator. Hop on the World’s fastest roller coaster, Formula Rossa, running at 240km/hr or get an adrenaline rush on the highest rollercoaster loop, Flying Ace. Remember to book your Ferrari World Tickets in advance to avoid long queues.

Have Fun at Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi

Warner Bros is the largest indoor theme park in the UAE, where you can unleash the child within you and your inner superhero dreams. There are six immersive lands: Metropolis, Gotham City, Warner Bros. Plaza, Bedrock, Cartoon Junction, and Dynamite Gulch with 29 state-of-art exhilarating rides, interactive family-friendly attractions, and unique live entertainment. If you are in the mood to jump into a bat mobile and live the life of a cupid crusader, you know the place to go. Get an opportunity to meet your favorite animation characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Flintstones, Superman, Batman, etc.

Enjoy the Adventure at Yas Marina Circuit

Yas Marina Circuit is a racing circuit in Abu Dhabi and the most expensive racing track with an estimated construction cost of over US 1 billion dollars. It is currently home to the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Yas Marina Circuit is near the southern tip of the Yas island, along with the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi Hotel, which passes over the track. Close by are a pair of theme parks sponsored by Ferrari and Warner Bros and a water park. View the media center, team villas, and a panoramic view of the track from the North Grandstand. Get a special photo session conducted at the podium.

Splash in Yas Waterworld

Spread across 37 acres, Yas Waterpark is one of the largest waterparks in the UAE. Experience a fun day with your family, splashing in the water, and enjoying the thrill rides and slides. Take a plunge down the epic Slither Slide and pass through tunnels on your way down. Jump in a six-person water coaster and enjoy the ride across twists, turns, rapids, and drops. The popular rides in Yas Waterpark areDawwama(a tornado waterslide), Rush Rider (a giant wave pool), Liwa Loop (a free-fall slide), and YadiYas(a fast-flowing wavy river), Cinesplash, Marah Fortress, and more. When you have tired yourself with all the adrenaline, sit back, relax, and float along the lazy river.

Take a Trip to Heritage Village

Do you enjoy exploring heritage sites? Heritage Village will introduce you to the Bedouin lifestyle and the rich history of the UAE. The sights of traditional souks, ancient mosques, Bedouin tents, stone huts, and palm leaf houses take you in a time capsule to a pre-modernized Abu Dhabi. Watch the local artisans exhibit their skills of pottery, weaving, metalwork, and more. You can also shop for traditional products like clothing, silver jewelry, handmade soaps, etc. There are stalls where women can apply henna in their hands. The museum at the Heritage Village reflects the Emirati traditions with weapons, jewelry, and historic tents.

Enjoy the Wildlife at Emirates Park Zoo

There are around eight different animal sections with 1800 animals belonging to 250 species. The eight sections in the Emirates Park Zoo are Petting Zoo, Snake Alley, Giraffe Park, Flamingo Park, Primate Parade, Reptile House, Bird Park, and Wildlife Park. The Petting Zoo allows you to interact with and feed domestic animals like camels and ostrich, while at Wildlife Park, you can feed animals like crocodiles, elephants, cheetahs, and bears. There is a fun game section for your little ones. There are five amusement rides and hundred machines where children can run, jump, slide, and climb. You can enjoy an animal encounter by having breakfast with a parrot or a giraffe.

Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner

Get ready for your desert adventure as you embark on a 4X4 vehicle to discover the desert in Abu Dhabi. Feel the thrill on the dunes with a dune bashing session by expert drivers. Stop to watch the spectacular sunset in the desert. Your journey will continue till you reach a traditional Arabic camp. Enjoy a unique evening full of fun and entertainment by enjoying the activities like camel rides, shisha smoking, henna painting, etc. As you feast on a barbeque dinner under a starlit sky. Enjoy live entertainment shows like belly dancing, fire show, and Tanoura dance. Click your pictures wearing traditional costumes along with a falcon.

Kayaking at Mangrove National Park

Take a break from the hustle-bustle of city life and enjoy nature at its best and discover Abu Dhabi’s mangroves on a kayak. There are guides assigned, and they will introduce you to the surrounding mangroves. You can learn tips and tricks from expert kayakers for a safe experience. Get enchanted by the lush greenery and tranquil atmosphere as you paddle through the calm waters. Enjoy a refreshing bowl of salad on your journey. You need to book online in advance if you wish to see the sunrise or the sunset on a kayak in the eastern mangroves. A bit of caution is that pregnant women or persons suffering from heart conditions should avoid this activity.

With almost year-round sunshine, fabulous beaches, desert adventures, spectacular wildlife, world-class theme parks, and activities to suit people of all interests, the Emirati of Abu Dhabi is a brilliant family holiday destination. Keep in mind that to access restaurants, hotels. And activities in the capital, you will need to have a green status on the Al Hosn App. Abu Dhabi is now open to travelers. You do not need a negative result or an RT-PCR test for Covid-19 for fully vaccinated persons.


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