Planning a family holiday is never an easy task, with so many places offering excitement, adventure, action and relaxation, it’s hard to know where to start. However, one destination that should definitely be at the top of your list is Abu Dhabi.
The capital of the United Arab Emirates, an island city located in the Arabian Gulf, is an exceptional pick for your next holiday in the sun.
With glorious weather all year round, Abu Dhabi is a perfect family holiday destination whatever the season.
Children are more than catered for with endless adventures, world-class theme parks and incredible wildlife experiences all on offer. Young travellers are sure to take home many great memories with them.
Record-breaking rollercoasters, remote control challenges, go-kart racing and much, much more; there’s something for the whole family to enjoy at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.
The theme park is home to Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest rollercoaster, which can accelerate up to top speeds of 240km/h in less than 5 seconds. This one is not for the faint-hearted!
There really is something for everyone at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. To experience it all, allow one day to see and do as much as you can.
Located on Yas Island, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi offers an overload of nostalgia, with so many iconic comic book and cartoon characters under one roof.
The park is divided into six lands to explore, including DC’s Metropolis, Gotham City, and The Flintstones’ Bedrock.
It features about 30 different rides for all ages to enjoy and incorporates DC Comics, Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera classics into an action-packed, fun-filled day for all the family.
For a cultured day out, Louvre Abu Dhabi is well worth a visit. Here the family can experience historic art cultures from around the world, featuring masterpieces by the likes of Monet and Van Gogh.
Louvre Abu Dhabi also caters for families and children, with activities, workshops and tours. There will be plenty of time to immerse yourself in a world of art, culture and history.
Yas Waterworld, a wonderful water playground full of rides and slides for visitors of all ages, is the perfect place to cool off.
One such attraction is Falcon’s Falaj, a six-seater water coaster that’s guaranteed to thrill the whole family. There’s also plenty of fun to be had at Marah Fortress and its slides, geysers and cannons.
Another ride to look out for is Sebag, a six-lane slide that’s perfect for competitive families. Keep an eye on the stopwatch and strive for victory!
Those seeking even more thrills should try the Wadi Adventure park in the nearby historic city of Al Ain.
The park features a host of exhilarating attractions for all the family, including the Middle East’s first man-made white-water rafting ride, the largest surfing pool in the world, a 200m-long zip line and an immense vertical climbing wall.
When it comes to eating out in Abu Dhabi, you won’t be disappointed.
From high-end dining to tantalising street food, the city is packed with restaurants that serve local cuisine and international favourites.
For the animal lovers in the family, a day spent at Emirates Park Zoo is one to remember. Boasting over 1,700 animals, including a pair of beautiful white tigers, this sensational wildlife attraction is well worth exploring.
Elsewhere in Abu Dhabi, there is also the dedicated falcon hospital where visitors can take tours and see all the teams working at the hospital. You’ll be able to get a deep insight into the captivating life and history of the falcon in Abu Dhabi.
Wildlife enthusiasts should also not miss a visit to the nearby city of Al Ain, which is home to the largest zoo in the region. Inhabited by a host of indigenous and exotic species, families can enjoy feeding giraffes, a walk-through lemur experience or a tour on the world's largest manmade safari enclosure with the chance to spot more than 250 African and Arabian animals, including lions, tigers, rhinos and hippos.
Another attraction within the zoo is the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre, a fascinating multimedia exhibition that encourages visitors to adopt more sustainable lifestyles through an array of immersive audio-visual experiences and models.