The ultimate family activities to do in Abu Dhabi

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  • For an exciting day trip or an entire family getaway, Abu Dhabi has an incredible range of things to see and do.
  • Embrace the beauty of the Corniche or take the time to relax while the kids stretch their imaginations at Little World.
  • Make it a day out at Yas Island, with so many exciting places from theme parks to hotels, you’ll never be bored.

Whether it’s a day trip out of town, or the annual family vacation, Abu Dhabi is packed with an array of exciting family destinations that’ll definitely have the kids, and yourselves, wondering when you can go back. From exquisite accommodation and hotel options to some of the world’s best restaurants, as well as the biggest and latest theme parks, you’ll never ever hear the words, “I’m bored.”

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The ultimate family trip could start with a brisk walk, or ride, on the Abu Dhabi Corniche; this beautiful, open path that runs alongside the waterfront is the ideal place to take a casual stroll, with enough space for the kids to run around or simply embrace the refreshing sea breeze. With bicycle hire facilities and a variety of different cafés and restaurants, this is a great introduction to the desert city.

Pack the towels, costumes and a little extra sunblock because whilst it may be the desert, Abu Dhabi’s beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world. Beach Rotana has something for every member of the family to enjoy, with a day pass that gives you access to an adults’ pool, a kids’ paddling pool, a 120m beach and garden, as well as the use of two squash courts and three tennis courts.

Opening hours:  6 A.M.11 P.M.

Sun – Thu: AED150 per person and AED90 for kids aged 5 – 12.

Fri – Sat: AED210 per person and AED90 for kids aged 5 – 12.

Children under five go free.

Address:  10th Street, Al Zahiya Area.

Call:  +971 2 697 9000.

While you’re there

From fussy eaters to those who eat anything, there’s something for everyone to enjoy with the impressive range of restaurants and kid-friendly spaces in Abu Dhabi.

If you’re looking for something easy going, The Living Room Café is a cozy community hangout spot. And who better to run a family-friendly restaurant than a mom of seven, Simona Youlten – while the kids are entertained in an enclosed play area, parents can indulge in homemade cakes and coffee or something on the delicious menu.

Opening hours:  Sun – Thu 7h30 A.M. to 11h30 P.M. ; Fri – Sat 8h30 A.M. to 11h30 P.M.

Address:  Khalifa Bin Shakhbout Street, Al Khailiyah.

Call:  +971 2 639 6654.

Little World is a place like no other, exclusive to Abu Dhabi – the awesome combination of education and entertainment come alive at this experiential, play-based venue. Ideally located, parents can enjoy a moment to shop, dine and relax while the little ones do what they do best – play, design, explore, create and learn.

Opening hours:  Sun – Wed: 10 A.M. to 10 P.M ; Thu – Sat: 10 A.M. to Midnight.

Prices:  AED95 per hour for non-members and for children over the age of 2.

Address:  Level 1, National Galleria.

Call: +971 2 681 8824.

And cue a lifetime of memories

It’s no doubt that Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is a theme park ahead of its time; whether you’re in love with the iconic cars or looking for a day filled with absolute thrill, this is the place to be. Take a journey through the immaculate, small-scaled landmarks of Italy, or experience an array of family-friendly rides and attractions. Paired with great restaurants and cafés, this is a standout destination not to be missed.

Opening hours:  daily from 11 A.M. – 8 P.M

Address:  Yas Island, 128717

Call:  +971 2 496 8000

And while you’re there, Yas Island also offers an extensive range of world-class attractions, pristine beaches, and true Emirati hospitality. With renowned facilities like Yas Waterworld, Yas Mall as well as the soon-to-be Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, you can be sure to find some of the best in dining, ladies’ nights and hotels in this all-inclusive island experience.

So if it’s a day trip to remember or a family getaway like no other, you can find everything you’ve ever expected, and so much more in Abu Dhabi. So? When can we go back?


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