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Guide to Abu Dhabi for Families

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Abu Dhabi is a small but beautiful country that is quickly becoming a very popular touristic destination. Abu Dhabi is located along the coast of the Persian Gulf and is the second most populous city in the United Arab Emirates after Dubai. A great city for a family retreat with loads of fun things to do for you and the little ones.

Good for
  • Family
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Like a Local

13 Places

6 City Tips

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13 Places

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center

Sacred & Religious Sites

The Corniche

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Scenic Walking Areas

Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

Water Parks

Emirates Park Zoo

Zoos

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Theme Parks

Wadi Adventure

Kayaking & Canoeing, River Rafting & Tubing, Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing, Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks

Oasenstadt Al Ain

Parks, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Al Ain National Museum

Speciality Museums

Hili Fun City

Theme Parks

Murjan Splash Park

Water Parks

Umm Al Emarat Park

Parks

Al Badiya Restaurant

Restaurants

Market Kitchen

Restaurants

Mika T's City Tips

  • Alcohol is only served in bars, lounges, and restaurants which are located in hotels. Stand alone restaurants will not serve alcohol.
  • Jaywalking is illegal so be carefull when on foot.
  • There are no metros or skytrains here, so traffic can be busy at times.
  • Taxis are a good means of transportation.
  • Tipping in restaurants is a good idea but not mandatory as often a service charge is automatically added to the bill.
  • Abu Dhabi can be really hot in the summer, the cooler months are from October to March.
  • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Mika T Says:

    One of the largest mosques in the world, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center is an architectural delight and a great cultural introduction to Abu Dhabi for the family. It has the capacity to accommodate 40,000 worshipers and is beautifully designed. The mosque features the world's largest hand knotted carpet and also houses gold plated chandeliers, which are gorgeous.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • All women need to cover up by wearing a hijab in order to enter this mosque.
    • Friday morning is for worshippers only.
    • A great place for pictures, don't forget your cameras!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 114 things to do in Abu Dhabi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must See attraction in Abu Dhabi 19/04/2019
    • Wow, absolutely blown away with the beauty of this mosque 18/04/2019
    • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center
    Address:
    Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street, 5th St
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 2 419 1919
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • The Corniche
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Scenic Walking Areas
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    Mika T Says:

    A very common part of most Middle Eastern cities, the Corniche in Abu Dhabi is a beautiful place for families to have a great day of fun and relaxation. At the Abu Dhabi corniche you will find plenty of cafes and restaurants, children's play areas, as well as designated cycle paths. The Corniche also passes by a beach which is patrolled by lifeguards.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • A great place for a picnic.
    • Remember to bring your swimsuits.
    • The Corniche can get busy on Fridays and Saturdays.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 114 things to do in Abu Dhabi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing 16/04/2019
    • Nice 16/04/2019
    • The Corniche
    Address:
    Corniche Road
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Price range:
    US$30 - US$30
  • Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi
    Water Parks
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    Mika T Says:

    Yas Waterworld is just made for kids... and adults who are kids at heart! Here you can enjoy a day full of fun, games, and just plain happiness. With 45 slides, rides, and attractions, there is something to keep everyone happy, no matter what age. Some of the rides are very unique and a bit scary, so for those who like a thrill, this place is for you!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Family
    Tips
    • It's cheaper if you buy a dual ticket which you can use for Yas Waterworld and Ferrari World. They are located close to eachother and you can do both in two days.
    • Dawama and Jebel Drop are some really fun but scary rides. I loved them!
    • If you go here on a weekend the lines can be long and a little tiring. Try going on weekdays to have the park to yourself.
    • You can rent lockers for a fee.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 114 things to do in Abu Dhabi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing 16/04/2019
    • 2019 outing 16/04/2019
    • Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi
    Address:
    Yas Leisure Drive
    Abu Dhabi 00000
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 600 511115
    Hours:
    Thu
    10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Fri - Wed
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Emirates Park Zoo
    Zoos
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    Mika T Says:

    Emirates Park Zoo is a hit with the kids, especially for those who are animal lovers. The zoo holds 1700 beautiful animals; you can find unique species such as white tigers, Siberian bears, cheetahs, and zebras. From elephant encounters to sea lion shows, bird shows, giraffe feeding, aquariums, and magic shows, Emirate Park Zoo is wonderful choice for a day trip adventure.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Parking at the zoo is free.
    • The zoo has many educational shows and activities for children.
    • There is a nice restaurant on site for a snack or meal.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 114 things to do in Abu Dhabi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Kids Visit 16/04/2019
    • Emirates Park Zoo 13/04/2019
    • Emirates Park Zoo
    Address:
    12th Street
    Al Bahia
    Abu Dhabi 111026
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 2 501 0000
    Price range:
    US$35 - US$35
    Hours:
    Sun - Wed
    9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Thu - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
    Theme Parks
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    Mika T Says:

    The world's first Ferrari theme park, Ferrari World is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Abu Dhabi and one you shouldn't miss. With more than 20 fun and exciting rides, this park tells the story of one of world's most popular car brands. Here you can also experience the world's fastest roller coaster, the Formula Rossa. With a speed of 240 km/h, this ride is a monster!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • There are rides for younger kids as well as adults — fun for the whole family!
    • There are great culinary choices at the park's restaurants too, influenced mostly by Italian food of course!
    • Ferrari World is located very close to Yas Waterworld and you can buy a discounted ticket that gives you entry to both parks.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 114 things to do in Abu Dhabi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • D-shift retreat, a day out in ferrari world 18/04/2019
    • 2 visit enjoy !! 18/04/2019
    • Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
    Address:
    Yas Leisure Drive
    Yas Island
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 600 511115
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Wadi Adventure
    Kayaking & Canoeing, River Rafting & Tubing, Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing, Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks
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    Mika T Says:

    If you and your family love water sports, then this is the place to be. Wadi Adventures is an amazing water sport facility which offers activities such as white water rafting, surfing, and kayaking. It is home to the world's largest man-made surf wave, with waves reaching just over three meters (10 feet)!

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • For people who are new to water sports, Wadi Adventure provides lessons.
    • You can rent all necessary equipment on site or bring your own.
    • Other activities here include wakeboarding, rock climbing, and also the Airpark, which includes a 200 meter (650 foot) long zip line.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 3 Tours in Al Ain
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent maintenance on wavepool 06/04/2019
    • Great fun, wonderful staff but a bit pricey 24/02/2019
    • Wadi Adventure
    Address:
    Jabel Hafeet
    Al Ain 88202
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 3 781 8422
    Price range:
    US$65 - US$65
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Oasenstadt Al Ain
    Parks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Mika T Says:

    Al Ain Oasis is a great place to take a stroll with the family to enjoy some greenery. Palm trees are the most populous trees in the UAE, and here you will find over 100 different varieties. The park covers an area of 1200 hectares (250 acres) with over 147,000 palm trees for you to wander amongst.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Free parking is available around the park.
    • Entry to the park is free.
    • Take water with you.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 43 things to do in Al Ain
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Get in touch with some greenery! 13/04/2019
    • A green haven in the desert 04/04/2019
    • Oasenstadt Al Ain
    Phone:
    554741540
  • Al Ain National Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Mika T Says:

    You can spend a great afternoon here strolling around the museum with your family learning about the history, culture, and heritage of Abu Dhabi and the UAE. The Al Ain Museum is home to some beautiful examples of ancient musical instruments, weapons, as well as some interesting archaeological displays.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Tickets are very reasonably priced.
    • The museum is closed on Mondays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 43 things to do in Al Ain
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • UAE Culture 01/12/2018
    • Good Museum!!!! 26/11/2018
    • Al Ain National Museum
    Phone:
    +971 3 711 8331
    Other:
  • Hili Fun City
    Theme Parks
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    Mika T Says:

    I have some lovely memories of this place as a child, it has truly been a fun little 'city' for me. At Hili Fun City you will find over 30 attractions for kids and adults alike, as well as an amphitheatre, play areas, and food options. I think it is one of the best places to take your kids to have a day of fun, rides, and games.

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Children 35 inches or below enter for free.
    • The park is closed on Sunday except if it is a public holiday.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 43 things to do in Al Ain
    • Great Entertaining Park 29/03/2019
    • Bit disappointed 01/12/2018
    • Hili Fun City
    Address:
    Al Ain-Dubai Road (E 66 Road)
    Ugdat Al Husoon
    Al Ain
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 3 784 5542
    Other:
  • Murjan Splash Park
    Water Parks
    Mika T Says:

    Another great place for families with kids who love water and rides. Not a huge park, but definitely one with lots of fun and games. There are seven attractions which your kids will love, especially the water play structure in the pool. The 'lazy river' is a lot of fun for kids and very relaxing for adults.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Children below 30 inches enter for free.
    • Be careful with small kids, it is easy for them to get lost.
    • Keep cash on hand, sometimes cards are not accepted.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 114 things to do in Abu Dhabi
    • Good for toddler but be aware it’s only small 11/03/2019
    • not recommend it at all 13/12/2018
    • Murjan Splash Park
    Address:
    Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan St
    Al Salam Street
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 50 878 1009
    Other:
  • Umm Al Emarat Park
    Parks
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    Mika T Says:

    Known as one of Abu Dhabi's largest and oldest parks, Mushrif Central Park is a cute park for a nice day out, a picnic, or a stroll. This park houses a beautiful botanical garden, a children's garden, an evening garden, and also an animal barn. There is also an amphitheater, which is sometimes used for concerts and movie screenings.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Children under three enter for free.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 114 things to do in Abu Dhabi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best Garden for Families 15/04/2019
    • Beautiful park but no picnics 13/04/2019
    • Umm Al Emarat Park
    Address:
    15th Street
    Between Airport Road and Karamah Street
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 2 666 9559
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
    Other:
  • Al Badiya Restaurant
    Restaurants
    Mika T Says:

    A great place for good food, nice drinks, and great ambience. Al Badiya is located inside the Tilal Liwa Hotel and offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets making it a great option for families. On some days they even have live carving stations.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try making a reservation if going on the weekend.
    • The cuisine is international so there is something here for everyone.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #957 of 1,852 restaurants in Abu Dhabi
    • Succulent food 10/08/2017
    • The best dining experience! 17/07/2016
    Address:
    Lobby Level, Tilal Liwa Hotel, Madinat Zayed
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 2 894 6111
  • Market Kitchen
    Restaurants (European, International, Fusion)
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    Mika T Says:

    A beautiful restaurant located in the Le Royal Meridien Hotel. Market Kitchen is a great place for you and your family to experience the taste of American cuisine combined with the flavors of Abu Dhabi. The ambience and decor is truly amazing too.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • The restaurant is a bit on the pricey side.
    • The mojitos are great here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #62 of 1,852 restaurants in Abu Dhabi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • quality food and good service 17/04/2019
    • Nice atmosphere with Fine Dining and excellent cuisine 10/04/2019
    • Market Kitchen
    Address:
    Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi
    Sheikh Khalifa Street
    Abu Dhabi 45505
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 800 101101
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$16
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Other:
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