We have been visiting Dubai and felt we actually couldn’t miss out on Abu Dhabi with youngsters. At solely an hours drive from Dubai and direct flights from London to Abu Dhabi itself, the town of glitz and glam with beautiful seashores is greater than accessible. Based mostly on an island extending from the mainland into the Arabian gulf, it’s no shock the seashores are beautiful. The skyline is dominated by skyscraper buildings with some uncommon architectural design.
Being the capital of UAE, it’s little question the town has some unimaginable landmarks such because the Sheikh Zayed Mosque and Emirates Palace. We spent 4 days exploring Abu Dhabi with youngsters however in fact, every week might be a very good period of time to see and do all of the highlights at leisure. We’ve had just a little assist from our associates to place this itinerary collectively on account of our restricted time in Abu Dhabi, we didn’t need to miss out on the most effective issues!
THINGS TO DO IN ABU DHABI WITH KIDS
WARNER BROS WORLD
The newest leisure sensation to hit Abu Dhabi is household theme park Warner Bros World. Based mostly within the metropolis’s leisure zone of Yas Island – solely minutes from the Abu Dhabi Worldwide Airport – you will discover this totally indoor leisure complicated. Made up of two halves, the park is split into the Heroes & Villains of Metropolis and Gotham Metropolis on one aspect, and Warner Bros basic cartoon characters on the opposite. While rides do make up an enormous a part of the theme park, there’s no scarcity of interactive leisure, exhibits and character meet and greets to maintain the youngsters entertained.
The park is right for youngsters over 110cm, although there’s nonetheless a great number of rides that youthful youngsters can become involved with. Stand out favourites up to now (and in case you are visiting on a busy day, run to those first!) embrace The Riddler’s Revolution, Tom & Jerry’s Swiss Cheese Spin and Quick & Furry-ous in Dynamite Gulch.
From the minute the park opens with a Cinema Spectacular mild and sound present in Warner Bros Plaza, the park is abuzz with pleasure. The eye to element is outstanding and the characters actually know how one can make the youngsters really feel particular. Prime tip: Go to throughout native faculty time period time you’ll be able to virtually assure you’ll get no queues for rides and the park to your self through the day!
Written by Keri
The Emirates Palace of Abu Dhabi is opulence outlined. It’s a grand and sprawling constructing the place merely no expense has been spared. Every thing oozes extravagance and gold is the dominant color signifying the wealth invested within the development and countless ending touches. Lots of that being precise gold itself! Commissioned by UAE founder Sheikh Sayad, the Emirates Palace was designed to have joint conferences of the 7 United Arab Emirates. Sayad was instrumental in unifying the 7 beforehand separate Emirates to type the UAE and had the imaginative and prescient to develop into stronger collectively and maximise return on the oil reserves which have introduced wealth and prosperity to the land. The Emirates Palace continues to be in use immediately for such functions but in addition as a considerably expensive lodge choice and widespread for the mega wealthy to host all method of weddings and salubrious gatherings.
As a customer, you’re free to wander the sprawling foyer and look over the various gardens and even seize lunch. As soon as upon a time there was a gold bar merchandising machine within the lobby, though this has since been eliminated as a result of a dispute in its weighing accuracy! The usual Abu Dhabi gown code applies of coated legs and arms for women and men.
Written by Wayne
ABU DHABI CORNICHE
Stretching out over eight kilometres, the Corniche is Abu Dhabi’s important seashore entrance and a hub of social exercise for Abu Dhabi. Through the years many sections have been developed to incorporate household seashores, palm tree-lined pedestrian walkways, change amenities, eating places and life guard stations.
You’ll be able to benefit from the Corniche in some ways, each from the seashore and within the water. On the excessive finish of the size, you’ll be able to attempt a day move to one of many luxurious resorts – the Hiltonia or Nation Riviera – for deck chair consolation, drinks service and close by swimming pools; or do as most do and be a part of from the general public seashore on the finish of 30th road. All sections the place swimming is allowed have lifeguards on obligation throughout daytime (swimming is prohibited at night time). One small part is fenced off for households solely to take pleasure in with a really small entry charge, this features a grassed garden and picnic space.
The newest addition to the Corniche is an space referred to as A’l Bahar. It’s designed as a household leisure zone and consists of Aqua Enjoyable – an inflatable impediment course on the water spelling out I Love AD – in addition to an enormous child’s playground (free) and lots of paid actions together with ropes programs and arcade fashion video games and eateries. On the weekends there’s additionally roving stay leisure and it’s a well-liked spot for health fanatics to work out and play basketball.
All alongside the Corniche there’s a pedestrian path in addition to a motorcycle path. Hiring bikes is a well-liked previous time. The primary rent level is initially of the Corniche close to the Hiltonia however there are additionally rental stations alongside the beachfront, the right night exercise within the cooler winter months.
Written by Marianne
You may assume Abu Dhabi is all about desert and seashores however that’s not true. Abu Dhabi has mangroves too and a Kayak journey by means of these mangroves is a superb exercise with youngsters. An enormous distinction with a desert safari. The Mangrove Nationwide Park is situated simply out of downtown Abu Dhabi and greatest visited from the Japanese Mangroves Marina (Japanese Mangroves Lodge). There you possibly can rent kayaks (or paddle boards) and exit into the mangroves alone or with a information. The marina has additionally a
number of eating places to have lunch or dinner. Though Abu Dhabi is a dry nation, these eating places do serve alcoholic drinks for the mother and father. The marina is a superb place to spend the day.
An Abu Dhabi mangroves Kayak journey may be from an hour to half a day, it simply relies upon how a lot time you spend exploring the mangrove forest. The Mangrove Nationwide Park is over 70 sq. kilometers and residential to a number of endangered species together with sea turtles and dolphins. When you’re fortunate you possibly can spot some and this can maintain youngsters busy searching for them. The simplest tour takes you into one of many mangrove channels have been at a small “beach” you possibly can go on the land (at low tide) to see the mangroves up shut. Ensure that to take a look at the small holes within the sand the place crabs stay. It’s a peaceable space as the town noise is gone however skyscrapers tower above the forest kilometers away. Kayaking these mangroves is a good way for teenagers to study this distinctive eco-system and its inhabitants. Be sure so as to add it to your Abu Dhabi itinerary.
Written by Chris W
DUBAI PARKS AND RESORTS
Dubai Parks and Resorts are precisely midway between Abu Dhabi and Dubai. At solely round 30 minutes drive, the fun-filled attraction is greater than accessible. The world has a number of theme parks, specifically Legoland, Movement Gate and Bollywood. It takes a few days to do all of them with little ones however it’s attainable to do all three in someday with older youngsters if deliberate nicely. We beloved the Legoland Waterpark. It was such a enjoyable crammed day and had one thing for all of us, even our one yr previous loved the expertise.
Bollywood was my favorite of all, most likely as a result of its one thing totally different. It’s the right exercise at round sundown time. The expertise is predominantly theatre performances which each of our youngsters actually liked. The park does a tremendous job at establishing a mock Taj Mahal, Mumbai practice station amongst different Indian scenes.
SHEIKH ZAYED MOSQUE
Sheikh Zayed Mosque is a shocking architectural masterpiece. Transfer over Taj Mahal, you’ve a competitor! The white marble marvel of the world hits many data. The most important chandelier on the planet, the most important carpet on the planet. The internal courtyard is totally empty permitting beautiful uninterrupted views of the mosque in its entirety from each angle. The colonnade corridors across the perimeter with tall columns have been superbly crafted with intricate design. We visited near sundown, seeing the mosque in quite a lot of lights made it look utterly totally different.
It wasn’t in any respect crowded making it a soothing and fulfilling stroll across the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Our youngsters liked exploring. It’s value noting, the mosque is the epicentre of native traditions and customs. Feminine guests are anticipated to put on an abaya and canopy their hair. They supply them at no cost on getting into, males are equally suggested to decorate conservatively. You can’t be seen taking footage outdoors or close to the mosque with out your hair coated. Officers will ask you to delete it out of your telephone.
VISIT THE DESERT
We spent a night within the beautiful Abu Dhabi desert, our lodge organized the journey for us. We have been collected in an enormous four×four at round 3pm and the drive to the desert took about 45 minutes. I’ve been requested so many occasions about the way it labored with the youngsters and I’ve to confess it was completely high-quality. They offered automotive seats for the little ones they usually dropped us off on the camp while they took a few of the different grownup friends dune bashing. It was superb to hang around on the camp with out the remainder of the group for an hour.
My husband had an opportunity to sand board on the dunes subsequent to camp, the youngsters had henna portray and tried on the native abaya and conventional clothes. In case you are cautious of animals concerned in tourism, it’s value noting there are camels and eagles at a lot of the camps. As soon as the group arrived again from the dune bashing, the solar was starting to set and we have been served a buffet dinner. There have been choices for vegetarians / vegans- yay, and the youngsters discovered a couple of issues they appreciated too. After we had dinner there was some superb dancing performances that lasted about an hour. We have been house by 930pm, though it was slightly late for our youngsters, it was completely value it contemplating how a lot they loved it.
My fellow blogger Nisbah youngsters are actual adrenaline junkies, so Ferrari World Abu Dhabi was prime of their little Adventurers want record for our Abu Dhabi journey. Here’s what Nisbah needed to say: Ferrari World is house to the world’s quickest rollercoaster and from the joyous screams of each my daughter and husband because the disembarked from the experience, the accolade was nicely deserved. Ferrari world is just not a standard theme park and isn’t crammed with infinite experience choices. The place the park exceeds is the few rollercoasters that it’s house to are some superb rides and for adrenaline junkies, will probably be an enormous hit. There’s additionally numerous Ferrari’s to be wowed by, plus interactive exhibits, gentle play choices and rides. There are additionally a couple of further extras reminiscent of go karting which must be paid for.
For households with younger youngsters, I wouldn’t advocate the park for youngsters underneath 110cm. For youngsters, over 110cm there’s numerous choices, they must be over 130cm to take a seat on the rollercoasters however there’s loads of choices and our youngest might go on loads of rides. We visited in October and on Friday and have been amazed on what number of rides we managed in just some hours. That’s my largest pet peeve of those parks when huge rides take a number of hours. The queues for the park have been best and hardly waited in any respect and allowed us to do a number of the youngsters’s favorite rides a number of occasions! General an ideal day trip for households particularly these with teenagers who love adrenaline crammed actions.
Written by Nisbah
WHERE TO STAY IN ABU DHABI
We spent 4 nights in considered one of Abu Dhabi’s latest and swankiest motels, the Saadiyat Rotana! Saadiayt Island is among the most superb elements of Abu Dhabi with its lush tropical seashores, white sand and aqua blue clear water. Sadiyaat Rotana is a 5 star resort with some actually spectacular mod cons. Simply strolling into our bed room automated the curtains being opened, we have been tremendous impressed with the advance know-how. The rooms are critically beautiful with regards to inside design. The beds are extremely snug they usually have a intelligent conjoining room setup, so mother and father can get some down time within the evenings.
There are fairly a number of eating places onsite they usually supply a very nice half board choice which is ideal for the lazy seashore vacation. We usually ate lunch while website seeing within the morning and ate dinner again on the lodge. That they had every thing from a stunning Italian to a very posh English pub onsite. Now right here is sort of the assertion, however Saadiayat Rotana serves up my husbands favorite lodge breakfast of all time. Breakfast is our favorite meal of the day and with out bragging we’re fairly the connoisseur having stayed in 150+ resorts during the last yr. The had a whole station devoted to superb recent juices, native delicacies, superb pastries, absolutely anything, the standard was second to none.
On the subject of visiting Abu Dhabi with youngsters, Saadiyat Rotana is right for households on the lookout for luxurious but in addition catering to little ones. There will not be many inns that handle to tug each luxurious and household friendliness off however Saadiayat Rotana do it completely. We discovered there have been extra households than not at Saadiyat Rotana. They’ve a stunning youngsters membership referred to as ‘Aladdins Cave’ that has its very personal splash pool, pretty employees that facilitate some nice actions and an enormous room to observe films! Our baby liked going however typically struggled with the choice whether or not to go to Aladdin Cave, the pool or the seashore?!
ABU DHABI WITH KIDS
The large pool within the centre of the resort is the perfect depth for teenagers. It’s surrounded by big palm timber and a few lovely turtle statues. The seashore in entrance of the resort is a turtle preservation space as they typically are available to put eggs between June and September. Saaadiyat Rotana have taken most of the pure parts from the encompassing space and included it into the design and structure of the constructing. Within the reception there are totally different sands from all of the totally different deserts round UAE underneath a glass flooring. It’s an excellent lovely function and really eye catching as you enter.
Speaking of lovely issues, the seashore is simply beautiful. We spent some pretty night swimming and catching the sundown. the water is so heat, virtually like a shower and apparently it’s not unusual to see dolphins passing by. There’s a beautiful seashore bar, full with swings for the youngsters to play while enjoyable with a cocktail. It was an all spherical superb keep and I do know we might undoubtedly return once we go to Abu Dhabi subsequent.
Our keep at Sadiyaat Rotana was complimentary in return for an trustworthy evaluation. As all the time, all views expressed are completely my very own.