Planning a family-friendly vacation with your little ones? The capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi can be listed as your first choice for a family vacation that guarantees action-packed rides, educational visits and much-needed recreation in the Persian Gulf.

The Corniche

This 8-kilometre waterfront is located within proximity to most hotels and villas in Abu Dhabi. Equipped with separate pathways for cycling and pedestrians, children’s play areas, dining spots and the blissful Corniche Beach, this serves as the perfect recreational spot for a family with children. Be sure not to miss a visit to the Marina Mall which is only a 5-minute ride away from the Corniche.

A Splashing Ride

A splashing ride awaits you and your family at the Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, reachable in less than half an hour from Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort. This Emirati themed waterpark is certain to leave your little ones wonderstruck. Revel in the adventures of 40 rides, slides and attractions that have been spread over a land of 15 hectares, in a family-friendly atmosphere.

Speed Off on the Racetracks

Are you an adrenaline junkie looking for a speeding race? Abu Dhabi holds great pride as the pioneer in opening the first Ferrari themed park in the world. With an all-day access pass, families can plan a day out at the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi to ride the world’s highest rollercoaster, explore an operating Ferrari factory, tour a mini-Italy in a small scale Ferrari, and explore rides designed for both adults and kids, along with many more exciting activities.

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A Visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

While fun and games are a part of a vacation, an educational visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque will be the icing on the cake for your little ones. The architecture of the mosque depicts UAE’s heritage and has been designed with materials sourced from various countries across the globe. Do note that a decent dress code is to be followed when visiting the mosque as strict laws have been placed on the premises.