Abu Dhabi With Kids: 4 Tips for Building an Epic Itinerary
Ready to embark on an adventure with your little ones? Say goodbye to boring family vacations and hello to a trip filled with excitement, culture, and memories that will last a lifetime.
Whether it’s exploring the city’s many family-friendly attractions, experiencing local culture, or taking a day trip to the Abu Dhabi fountain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital has something for everyone.
In this blog, we’ll share four tips for building an epic itinerary that keeps parents and kids entertained and having fun throughout an Abu Dhabi trip.
1. Don’t skip the research.
Abu Dhabi has plenty of exceptional family-friendly places and activities. That said, you might be tempted to wing the travel planning.
However, you’ll soon realise how important research is for a trip with the kids.
First, doing your homework before booking anything lets you look at as many options as possible. This will then allow you to make the best choices for the different aspects of the trip.
Research is also crucial for those travelling to the UAE capital for the first time.
As you probably know, the country has certain customs and traditions that may differ from those you grew up with. Researching these things before your trip can help you and your kids better understand and appreciate UAE culture. Doing this will ensure your family is ready to adjust to cultural differences and avoid any cultural faux pas.
Having a good amount of information handy will also help you in deciding which activities and destinations to add to your itinerary based on your family members’ preferences and interests.
2. Look for package deals.
Getting more value for your money is paramount, even when you have an unlimited budget for the trip. This is where Abu Dhabi holiday packages can be useful.
Look for travel packages that include accommodation and activities. This way, you won’t have to worry about booking famous destinations like theme parks separately.
Yas Island is a good place where you can find such deals. Our Abu Dhabi tourism packages inclusions change now and then, but you’ll surely find something that includes three major theme parks:
Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi
When it comes to child-friendly destinations, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi is arguably the most popular in the UAE capital. After all, it’s one of the few theme parks designed around animated characters and superheroes – two things that kids of all ages love.
Hailed as the largest indoor theme park on the planet, Warner Bros World is divided into six Lands (soon to be seven, with the upcoming addition of magical Harry Potter-themed attractions).
Here are a few of the rides and attractions you should try with your kids:
- The Flintstones Bedrock River Adventure
- Scooby-Doo: The Museum of Mysteries
- Daffy Jet-Propelled Pogo Stick
- The Jetsons Cosmic Orbiter
- Green Lantern: Galactic Odyssey
- Teen Titans Training Academy
- Batman: Knight Flight
- Fast and Furry-ous
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
If you and your kids are into heart-racing activities, then you’ll surely enjoy a day or two at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.
As the first and only Ferrari-branded theme park in the Middle East, Ferrari World offers exciting rides designed around the brand’s legacy in automobile manufacturing and car racing. Some rides have even earned commendations from global institutions like the Guinness Book of World Records.
Check out the following Ferrari World attractions to get a glimpse of what the park offers:
- Formula Rossa
- Flying Aces
- Mission Ferrari
- Turbo Track
- Fiorano GT Challenge
- Scuderia Challenge
- The Ferrari Driving Experience
- Bell’ Italia
Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi
Looking for a cool way to beat the desert heat on your family trip? Yas Island also has a theme park for that.
Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi offers one-of-a-kind experiences that combine water fun with authentic Emirati culture. Here, you’ll find rides, slides, and other attractions that revolve around the story “The Legend of the Lost Pearl” – a story that reflects the UAE’s pearl-diving heritage.
Below are a few of the family attractions you can try with your children in Yas Waterworld:
- Cannon Point
- Tot’s Playground
- Water Wars
- Marah Fortress
The park also offers several adrenaline-pumping rides and slides, including:
- Liwa Loop
- Bandit Bomber
- Rush Rider
- Bubbles Barrel
- Falcons Falaj
- Slither Slides
3. Involve the rest of your family.
There’s really no point in paying for activities that you and your kids won’t enjoy. That said, you must also ask them what they want to do on your trip.
Once you have their answers, match these with the activities and destinations you researched.
It also helps if you involve your children in organising the trip. Just remember to assign tasks according to their age and capabilities.
4. Choose a family-friendly hotel.
When choosing your accommodation from among the different hotels in Abu Dhabi, it is vital that you consider family-friendly establishments when travelling with your kids. These accommodation options offer amenities specifically designed with families in mind and make even the most packed family trip itineraries bearable.
You’ll know if a hotel is family-friendly when they have the following amenities:
- Comfortable and spacious family suites
- Play spaces
- Kids’ activity centres
- Swimming pools
- Childcare services
Many of these hotels also have room service menus that offer options specifically for children.
All these help ensure that your children will feel safe and comfortable while on vacation, allowing you to enjoy your time in Abu Dhabi without worrying about their well-being.
Family-friendly hotels often offer discounts for larger groups, making them a great option for families looking to save money on their trip.
Choosing the right hotel will give you the perfect place to rest after a busy day out, leaving you with enough energy for another day of fun and excitement.
Have Fun on Your Abu Dhabi Trip
Planning a trip to Abu Dhabi with your kids is something to look forward to.
Use this article as a guide to plan an epic family trip, or contact us at Yas Island for travel packages that will help you find a scheme that suits your needs.
Getting To Yas island
Yas Express is our complimentary shuttle bus service that can get you to any of the major island attractions. For more information, timetable and map, download the pocket guide or call +971 (0) 600 511115.
- To Yas Island:
- Boarding spots are available at the Deira City Center entrance (beside Aloft Hotel) and Ibn Battuta Mall, Parking 7 stop (right in front of the China Court section).
- Within Yas Island:
- The shuttle service bus can take guests to any of the major island attractions.
- Air travel to Yas Island
- If you're coming from outside the UAE, aim to land in Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), as it is located just 10 minutes away from Yas Island.
- Rental car to Yas Island
- From Abu Dhabi International Airport, you can rent a car. All car rental offices operate 24/7
- Connect to the Wi-Fi at Abu Dhabi International Airport and book an Uber or Careem via their apps.
- Taxis to Yas Island
- You can take a taxi to Yas Island from Abu Dhabi International Airport (10 minutes), Abu Dhabi (25 minutes), and Dubai (45 minutes). To get a taxi, you can flag them down at the roadside, call the TransAD hotline 600 535353 to book, or use the Abu Dhabi Taxi app available for both iOS and Android platforms. Taxis are plentiful and fares are reasonable.
- From Abu Dhabi:
- Board the 102 Bus Route to Yas Island at the Abu Dhabi Bus Station next to Al Wahda Mall.
- From Dubai:
- Travel to the Dubai Al Ghubaiba Bus Station to ride to the Abu Dhabi Bus Station, then board the 102 Bus Route to Yas Island.