Guest Post by Pranitaa Purohit
Abu Dhabi is a city that is often overshadowed by the more glamorous Dubai. However, this capital emirate of the United Arab Emirates is subtle in charm and high on culture, making it an interesting place to visit.
With many museums, heritage centres, mosques, etc., there are a lot of interesting things to see her. Nevertheless, this does not mean that there is nothing for kids here. In fact, there are plenty of kid-friendly attractions and kids activities in Abu Dhabi.
Let us look at some of the best places you can check out while visiting Abu Dhabi.
Observation Deck at 300
If you want to see the aerial view of Abu Dhabi, head to Observation Deck at 300, which is the highest viewing deck in the city. Located on the 74th floor of the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, this observation deck is one of the most popular places to visit in Abu Dhabi. It is named so because it is situated 300 meters above the ground.
If you are not a guest at the hotel, you can still visit the observation deck with an entry ticket. One of the best times to visit Observation Deck at 300 is for high tea during which you would get to enjoy delicious bites and drinks along with the gorgeous view of the city. The observation deck also has binoculars through which you can check out the landmarks of the city closely.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
An epitome of Islamic architecture, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the largest mosque in the UAE. It is also one of the few museums in the country that is open to people of all faiths.
Made entirely of Macedonian marble, the grand mosque’s beauty is enhanced by its mosaic tiling, classwork, and intricate carvings. The mosque is also home to the largest manmade carpet in the world as well as one of the largest crystal chandeliers in the world.
The best time to visit the mosque is in the evening, just before sunset, so that you can enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the monument during the golden hour.
Located in Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island, Ferrari World is the first F1-themed amusement park in the world. It is a dream destination for Formula One fans and adventure lovers.
Right from taking part in Formula One race to having a fun time in the thrilling rides, there are lot of amazing attractions here. The star of the theme park is Formula Rossa, which is the fastest roller coaster in the world, which runs at the speed of 240 km/hour.
Kids can have a great time at the Junior GT Track. There is also a gift shop outside Ferrari World, where you can buy original F1-themed memorabilia.
As the name suggests, the Abu Dhabi Heritage Village preserves the history and heritage of the city. It gives you a glimpse of the city before the oil boom happened.
Located on the shore of an Abu Dhabi beach, the Heritage Village is a replica of a typical Bedouin village complete with wooden huts and Bedouin tents. You would also be able to observe artisans demonstrating weaving, metalwork and glasswork skills.
The place also has a spice shop, where you can buy handmade soaps, spices, handicrafts, and artifacts. The best thing about Abu Dhabi Heritage Village is that it is one of the free places to visit in the city.
Falcons are an important part of the Arabian culture, and the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital is a testimony for the same. Established in 1999, the Falcon Hospital treats more than 8500 falcons every year.
The two-hours’ free guided tour of the hospital is the most interesting, during which you would get to see the falcon museum, the operation or treatment rooms, and also the aviary.
If you are lucky, you would also get to see veterinarians conducting minor surgeries on the falcons. You would also be able to click a picture with a falcon on your arm during the tour. You may be a bird lover or not, but this tour is surely worth it.
Another gem of an attraction on the Yas Island is the Yas Waterworld, one of the best water parks in the UAE. The water park is perfect for both water and adventure lovers. It is also one of the best kids activities in Abu Dhabi.
The Yas Waterworld is not only huge but also has some thrilling slides, rides, and attractions. Visitors would have the time of their lives while indulging in the largest surfable sheet wave in the world as well as the first hydromagnetic tornado water-rafting ride in the world.
Apart from these, there is the Jebel Drop (one of the longest free-fall water slides) and 40 other attractions to keep you engaged. There is also a separate play area for the tiny tots as well at the waterpark. While not indulging in the water activities, you can relax at the numerous cafes, restaurants, and shops inside Yas Waterworld.
Louvre Abu Dhabi
An architectural wonder on Saadiyat Island, soon-to-be cultural hub of Abu Dhabi, Louvre Abu Dhabi is one of the most remarkable museums not only in the UAE but also in the Middle East.
While it is natural to be mesmerized by the architecture of the museum, the permanent art collection of the place would also impress you. Here, you would get to see art works from all around the world, tracing the artistic achievements of humans, right from the beginning.
If you are lucky, you would also get to see temporary exhibitions, which are regularly hosted at Louvre Abu Dhabi.
Qasr Al Hosn
If you are interested to know about the history and culture of Abu Dhabi, a visit to Qasr Al Hosn is a must. Known to be the oldest building in the country, Qasr Al Hosn was a fort that was built to watch over the coastal trade routes. Later, it also became the official residence of the ruling family, the Bani Yas tribe.
In recent years, Qasr Al Hosn was refurbished and transformed into a museum that tells you about the Emirate through photographs and oral histories. While there are plenty of interesting things to see here, the tile work on the northern gate and the courtyard are two of the main attractions.
Warner Bros World
Another popular attraction of Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island is the Warner Bros. World. It is an indoor theme park based on the movies and shows produced by Warner Bros. More than 29 rides have been spread around 6 interesting zones: Metropolis, Gotham City, Dynamite Gulch, Cartoon Junction, Bedrock and Warner Bros Plaza.
While Cartoon Junction and Bedrock have rides and attractions for children, Metropolis and Gotham City focus more on thrilling rides. Kids would also be excited to meet their favourite characters like Superman, Batman, Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Scooby-Doo, etc. at this amusement park.
Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace is answer to Dubai’s Burj Al Arab. Covering an area of 25 acres, the Emirates Palace is a true epitome of luxury and opulence that goes far beyond what you get at 5-star hotels. The hotel has 1.3 km private beach and well-manicured garden that looks straight out of a fairytale. However, the highlight of the hotel is the 114 domes that have been adorned with crystals, gold and mother of pearl on the inside.
Apart from this, the hotel is home to 400 luxury suites and rooms, 1002 crystal chandeliers, and ATMs dispensing gold bars! If you are not staying at the hotel, you can visit the hotel while dining at one of its 9 restaurants, getting a Turkish bath experience at the in-house spa, or attending one of the many events that happen at the place.
Aside from these amazing places to visit in Abu Dhabi, the Corniche, the Qasr Al Watan, Emirates Park Zoo, Al Ain Oasis, and Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum are some other places that should be on your itinerary.
Visiting the capital emirate and indulging in kids’ activities in Abu Dhabi will not only give you more insight into the place but will also ensure a fun time for you and your family.
Pranitaa is passionate about traveling and photography. She is always curious about new cultures, history, and traditions. She loves meeting new people while traveling.
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