In a city that aims to have the biggest, fastest and most expensive, Abu Dhabi is the perfect playground for the young and young and heart.
In Abu Dhabi, thrills are easy to chase, no matter what gives you a rush. Start with the famous Warner Bros. World™️ Abu Dhabi that opened in July 2018. This indoor theme park, located on Yas Island, features family-friendly attractions, 29 thrill rides, and live entertainment. Toddlers and children will enter the worlds of their favourite characters while teens and parents get a rollercoaster rush.
Nearby, Yas Waterworld will bring the ‘cool’ to cooling down on the world’s first interactive water and laser rollercoaster. Of course, visitors can get the more classic waterpark experience here; visitors will find any kind of water-filled thrill here with four levels with 43 rides, slides, and attractions. Don’t miss the signature ride, the mighty Dawwama, a six-person tornado waterslide that winds over 238 metres!
Then award your family bragging rights for taking on the world’s largest loop roller coaster, Flying Aces, or the world’s fastest rollercoaster, Formula Rossa. Thrills this size can only be found at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, which is the second largest indoor theme park in the world. Not only will car enthusiasts and tech gurus appreciate the Ferrari story, but families will be able to bond as they tackle the twisting, turning rides or gentle go-karts, and - most deliciously - authentic Italian dining outposts.
If the need for speed continues to pump through your blood, there’s one more destination to hit: the Yas Marina Circuit. This popular attraction is where the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is held But over the rest of the year, families can stop by to ride the track on bike, walk it on foot, or race it in a race car!
Families visiting Abu Dhabi later in 2019 will have quite the thrill waiting for them, as CLYMB Abu Dhabi is set to open. This will feature the world’s widest indoor skydiving chamber and tallest indoor climbing wall.
An ideal contrast, Abu Dhabi’s leisure activities are as abundant as its adrenaline-rush attractions. Instead of chasing thrills, families will find that the thrills come to them as they explore the city’s most magnificent landmarks. A visit to the iconic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Heritage Village will leave the entire family’s jaws dropped in awe.
Wildlife will bring awe-inspiring views of a more natural type at the massive Al Ain Zoo. Here, visitors will find over 4,000 animals and the world’s largest man-made African Safari park. Take a guided encounter with lions, zebras or giraffes for an unparalleled ‘meet and greet.’
When it comes down to it, the ultimate destination for family-style relaxation can be found right at your hotel. Abu Dhabi’s ultra-luxe beachfront resorts on Saadiyat Island have gained worldwide prestige for their private beaches and lavish spa treatments. But at hotels like the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort, or Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, the kids clubs offer the best in childcare and family fun. Special pools for swimming, crafts and activities, beachside fun in the sun… relaxation takes on all shapes and sizes for young guests.
No trip to Abu Dhabi with the family would be complete without a desert experience. Before night falls, head out on a desert safari to watch the sun set into the golden sand dunes. A night in the desert can take on any pace your family chooses - relax with a meal in luxury tent, ride around on camelback, get traditional henna for non-permanent body art, or simply huddle up for a cuddle beneath the starlight.
When planning your holiday in Abu Dhabi, don't forget to pack your travel insurance.