Abu Dhabi family holidays

Family Holidays in Abu Dhabi

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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. 

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Sandy beaches

Set on the glistening shores of the Arabian Gulf, you’re never too far from a picturesque stretch of white sand in Abu Dhabi. 

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Kids’ clubs

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. 

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Theme parks

Yas Island Abu Dhabi is home to three exciting theme parks, with rides and slides to delight all – from tots to teens.

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Desert adventure 

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. 


Explore Abu Dhabi

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. 

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Yas Waterworld

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.   

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CLYMB™ Abu Dhabi 

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.

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Saadiyat Beach Club

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. 

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Family fun for all in Abu Dhabi 

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Adrenaline-fueled fun 

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.

Good to know

Book in advance

Tickets can sell out fast. Book your excursion or event ahead of time to avoid missing out on the action. 

Top shopping

For one-of-a-kind souvenirs, head to WTC Souk in Downtown Abu Dhabi. For recognisable brands, Yas Mall has it all. 

Free shuttle

Heading to Yas Island? Hop aboard the island’s free shuttle service to get between the attractions with ease. 

Kids go free

Take advantage of Yas Island’s ‘Kids Go Free’ offer and treat your little ones to free admission to most attractions. 

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