Abu Dhabi is a fantastic destination for families. The exciting mix of culture, nature and entertainment provides all the ingredients for a once-in-a-lifetime family holiday, and the chance to create everlasting memories.
Head to Yas Island, a premium entertainment hub packed with three world-class, family-ready theme parks. Soak up Abu Dhabi’s renowned culture at one of the many striking mosques and explore the beauty of the region’s artistic history at Louvre Abu Dhabi.
It’s not a family holiday without a day at the beach – and Abu Dhabi has plenty to choose from. Later, swap the white sands of the shoreline for an action-packed desert adventure among the dunes of Rub’ al Khali (Empty Quarter).
From skydiving to kayaking, desert safaris to historical forts, Abu Dhabi is brimming with hair-raising activities and mind-blowing attractions for the whole family to enjoy.
Set on the glistening shores of the Arabian Gulf, you’re never too far from a picturesque stretch of white sand in Abu Dhabi.
Most Abu Dhabi family hotels have their own exciting kids’ clubs, where they can make friends, play games and join in on a range of activities.
Yas Island Abu Dhabi is home to three exciting theme parks, with rides and slides to delight all – from tots to teens.
The sprawling Rub’ al Khali (Empty Quarter) is within easy reach from Abu Dhabi. Explore this desert oasis as a family by horse, camel, quad bike or 4x4.
Where to stay
From towering skyscrapers to beachfront views, Abu Dhabi has plenty of premium hotels that cater to families of all ages and sizes.
Ensure you’re at the heart of the action by staying on Yas Island and take advantage of the free shuttle service to the island’s main attractions. Wake up to the soothing sounds of the Arabian Gulf on Saadiyat Island. Or head to the Al Quaa desert – the perfect spot for stargazing and seeing the mesmerising Milky Way.
Whichever you choose, the kids’ club is sure to keep the little ones busy. Meanwhile, parents can relax around the pool or indulge in a treatment or two at the spa.
Abu Dhabi is the ultimate destination for families, with something to please even the fussiest family member. Go golfing, visit landmarks, ride the waves or learn something new – anything is possible in Abu Dhabi.
Those looking for relaxation can enjoy a day at the beach gazing out at the Arabian Gulf and soaking up the sunshine. Meanwhile, those on the hunt for adventure can take to the water on a jet-ski or kayak.
With adrenaline-fueled theme parks, remarkable desert safaris and unparalleled culture on your doorstep, make your Abu Dhabi family holiday one to remember with a packed itinerary.
Make a splash and cool off in style at this exhilarating waterpark. There are more than 40 rides and slides for all ages and thrill levels.
Beginners, experts and family members of all ages will love taking to the walls in this indoor climbing arena, or even trying out indoor skydiving.
Kids can play in the sand and sea while parents relax on sun loungers. Or book a family slot by the infinity pool and enjoy service direct to your cabana.
Head to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and get your heart racing on the world’s faster rollercoaster, Formula Rossa – there’s also a junior version for little thrill seekers. Then cool off at Yas Waterworld, where rip-roaring rides are swapped for speedy slides. Challenge your family to a race and dive headfirst to victory on Sebag, ride the waves on Yadi Yas crazy river and experience the first freefall drop waterslide.
A trip to Abu Dhabi isn’t complete without visiting the magical and magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. This welcoming mosque is the perfect place to understand Emirati culture and values and admire its striking beauty.
Another symbol of the city, Louvre Abu Dhabi brings together different cultures from across the globe inside its floating dome of light. Head inside to explore the history of humanity through nearly 600 masterpieces, including paintings, pottery and figurines.
Enjoy a bucket and spade holiday even in the heart of the city at one of Abu Dhabi’s striking beaches.
Yas Beach offers a slice of tranquillity from the excitement of the island. Lay back in your own private chalet, swim laps in the infinity pool or grab a kayak to explore the surrounding mangrove forests.
Walk the wooden boards leading to Saadiyat Public Beach and spend time swimming, building sandcastles or playing water sports.
When you feel like getting competitive and working up a sweat, there are plenty of venues to choose from. Zayed Sports City offers activities to suit the whole family, from cycling to ice skating or bowling.
Visit Hudayriat Island for jogging, cycling, or something more adventurous, like skating or BMX. There’s an obstacle course too, for a real fitness challenge.
Golf fans can head to one of the lush courses – booking in for a round of 18 or even some lessons in the Abu Dhabi sunshine.
The largest uninterrupted desert in the world is on Abu Dhabi’s doorstep, and with it comes adventure and adrenaline.
Embark on a desert safari to see these dramatic dunes for yourself. How you explore them is up to you – camel or car, sand boarding or dune buggy?
Extend your desert adventure overnight to see the sky erupt with stars. There’s also live entertainment, tasty BBQ food and beautiful Bedouin tents for a camping experience like no other.
Tickets can sell out fast. Book your excursion or event ahead of time to avoid missing out on the action.
For one-of-a-kind souvenirs, head to WTC Souk in Downtown Abu Dhabi. For recognisable brands, Yas Mall has it all.
Heading to Yas Island? Hop aboard the island’s free shuttle service to get between the attractions with ease.
Take advantage of Yas Island’s ‘Kids Go Free’ offer and treat your little ones to free admission to most attractions.
Abu Dhabi’s year-round sunshine means you can make it a summer holiday whatever the season. The weather is slightly cooler between October and March but whenever you visit, there are indoor activities available that are perfect for families – most attractions are brilliantly equipped with cooling systems and air conditioning.
Absolutely. In Abu Dhabi there’s plenty to delight children of all ages. There are sandy beaches, amusement parks, swimming and sports. Plus, most of the hotels on offer cater to families, with kids’ clubs, babysitting services and splash pools. You’ll find most restaurants will also welcome you in with open arms and a tasty kids menu too.
It all depends on that faithful Abu Dhabi weather and how old your children are.
• Toddlers – For outdoor fun, head to the Corniche family beach. Indoors, Yas Mall has an interactive kids zone with a soft play area, ball pit and rides.
• Children – Yas Waterworld will help to keep everyone cool. Or spend an afternoon of adventure at Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi.
• Teens – Get their hearts pounding and their heads spinning at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and CLYMB™ Abu Dhabi.
It’s a good idea to carve out the whole day at Warner Bros™ World Abu Dhabi – at the very least three to four hours. That’s because there’s six unique lands to explore, 29 exhilarating rides to try and more than 30 characters to meet. If you’re visiting during peak times, you may need to wait in line for the most popular rides and characters.
Abu Dhabi is blessed with a global menu, so there’s bound to be something to please those little appetites. You’ll find most casual restaurants in Abu Dhabi’s malls. One family favourite is Black Tap, a craft burger and shakes restaurant in Yas Mall. The food is delightful, but it’s the CrazyShake® milkshakes that usually wins kids over.
Many restaurants in the Galleria Al Maryah Island also offer Kids Eat Free deals between Sunday and Friday.
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