Abu Dhabi for Kids
Collected by Andrea Rip, AFAR Local Expert
Families visiting this coastal city will find outdoor adventure at beaches, waterparks, and islands. Above it all, a thrilling Ferris wheel with air-conditioned seats (really!) beckons view seekers. Back on land, kids may encounter camels and wild animals, learn about desert culture, and lick sweet ice cream made with a local tree resin. Yes, the younger set can easily have fun in this largest emirate.
Abu Dhabi Golf Club - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Dune bashing, as it is called in the UAE, is when you go off-roading in SUV on sand. To make the ride really exhilarating, the drivers go into blind drops down the side of a dune then expertly allow the vehicle to slide down the face of the dune...
Abu Dhabi Theatre Rd, Corniche Brake water - Near Marina Mall - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
This reconstructed village is a glimpse into old oasis living. Heritage Village is a great place to see how the Emerati lived before skyscrapers. Scenes depict desert life in great detail and highlight their historic, nomadic lifestyle. Make sure...
Sir Bani Yas Island - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Sir Bani Yas Island is a quiet animal preserve combined with a world class resort. It was an amazing experience to get up close with these incredible creatures and then hang out on a beach with a frosty drink in hand.
Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
A hub of new development, Marina Island (bridged to Abu Dhabi Island) draws people in to the Marina Mall, fishing, local restaurants, and Marina Eye—a ferris wheel that opened in time for the winter holidays in 2015. Right across the street from...
I've heard there is a nice shawarma stand at the top of Jebel Hafeet to go along with the view, but on my trip up the mountain, it was so busy with Eid celebrations, that I had to drive straight down again without finding any parking! On the...
Corniche Street - Al Khalidiya - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
If sun and salt water tickle your senses, then a trip to the Corniche will be on your agenda in Abu Dhabi. There is nothing quite like taking a dip in the warm waters of the Arabian Gulf or sinking your feet in the silky sand beneath a lounge...
12th St - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
With a mission to protect animals belonging to the Arabian Peninsula, Emirates Park Zoo also cares for many animals from around the world. Kids and adults will be enamoured with elephants if they are part of the Elephant Encounter. Or perhaps you...
Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
One of the things I treasure in the city is a calm morning when I can hear the birds chirp and the water roll into the sand in Abu Dhabi. One great way to dive into nature in Abu Dhabi just requires a short trip over to Mangrove National Park. A...
Yas Island - أبو ظبي - United Arab Emirates
The design of Ferrari World corresponds with my inclination that architecture should be inspirational from all angles. From the air, the structure is distinctly Ferrari red and undeniably represents the sleek brand. From the ground, its curves...
Sweihan Road,Al Shamkha - Near the Abu Dhabi International Airport - أبو ظبي - United Arab Emirates
A visit to the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital is worth every minute of the drive out of Dubai (about 45 minutes). This facility, the only one in the world, is devoted to the preservation and health of these amazing which play a central role in the...
Arabian Nights Village Road - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Few accommodations in the United Arab Emirates entice their guests into the heart of the desert and also keep the entire family entertained—but Arabian Nights Village is an experience more than a resort. Guests can choose to spend part of a day...