Abu Dhabi is now another sought-after tourist destination in the Middle East. With its numerous attractions, the UAE’s capital is now at par with Dubai, Cairo, Muscat, and other cities that have been popular among holidaymakers from different parts of the world.
Abu Dhabi’s attractions are a mix of natural and human-made attractions. Regardless of how long you are staying here, these tourist spots are all worth visiting and exploring.
Experiencing a Variety of Thrills and Spills in Abu Dhabi
If you and your family want to discover the fun side of Abu Dhabi first, you won’t go wrong with visiting the city’s theme parks and water parks first.
But which water and theme parks should you explore with your family first? Here are the top six:
1. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
You won’t go wrong with visiting the one and only Ferrari-themed park in the world first if you want to enjoy a fun, thrilling day in Abu Dhabi.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is located in Yas Island. This theme park has various rides and attractions inspired by the Italian automotive brand that kids and adults will surely love.
For adults, riding on the Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest roller coaster, is a must. Don’t leave the park without trying the G Force, Tyre Twist, and Flying Aces, the world’s highest roller coaster loop as well.
If you and your children love playing video games, you will love the Ferrari F1 Simulator Experience. You and your little ones can drive a Ferrari Formula One car around a simulated circuit in a cockpit that closely resembles a real Scuderia Ferrari F1 car.
Your children will also enjoy taking part in the Junior Grand Prix and the Bell’Italia experience.
When taking a break from all the rides, treat everyone to fresh pizzas and pasta at one of the restaurants and cafes inside the park.
2. Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi
Who doesn’t like Superman, Batman, the Flash, Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones, Bugs Bunny, and the rest of the Looney Tunes gang? These cartoon characters are part of everyone’s childhoods, which means that both kids and adults will love seeing them up close.
Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi is another theme park located in Yas Island. It is divided into six areas:
- Warner Bros Plaza
- Dynamite Gulch
- Cartoon Junction
- Gotham City
Each area celebrates some of the most popular franchises from Warner Bros. Bedrock, for instance, features a ride inspired by The Flintstones, which is The Flintstones Bedrock River Adventure.
Gotham City has different rides and features showcasing Batman and his archenemies.
The features in Metropolis, on the other hand, are based on the adventures of Superman, Green Lantern, and the Justice League.
Many of the rides and attractions you will find here are suitable for people of all ages. This means you and your family will enjoy all of them.
The theme park also has plenty of restaurants and cafes. What’s more, there are several shopping stores/retail outlets where you and your loved ones can buy souvenirs and other gift items.
3. Kidzania Abu Dhabi
If your children love educational, interactive games and activities, let them spend a few hours or even an entire day at Kidzania Abu Dhabi.
Located on the ground floor of the Yas Mall, Kidzania Abu Dhabi is the premier edutainment centre in the emirate. The area is designed to imitate a fully functioning city complete with buildings, paved roads, and other structures and features.
Once inside, your children can join and try over 40 different interactive activities.
Upon entry, each child will be checked in and given a map of the city. They can then choose the areas where they can role-play and experience real-life professions, such as being a doctor, nurse, teacher, or TV and radio host.
With different areas and professions to study and try, you won’t have any trouble letting your children spend several hours here while you explore Yas Mall and go shopping.
4. Fun Works
Fun Works is another indoor amusement park in Yas Mall. The two-floor play area is loaded with rides and features that your children will love.
Fun Works boasts of a giant soft play area, toddler playgrounds, and adventure rides for young and older children.
There are also different video game arcades that will entertain children and teens for hours.
All these features can give your kids hours of fun and entertainment.
Fun Works also has dining options and a parents’ lounge where you can relax while your little ones play and run around.
5. Sparky’s Amusement Centre
Sparky’s Amusement Centre is another indoor park that will give you and your little ones hours of good, clean fun.
This indoor park is located on the top floor of Khalidiyah Mall. It has an ice rink, 4D cinema, and different rides and video game systems.
One of the highlights of this indoor park is the Flash Bowling Centre. The whole family can play several frames since there are bowling balls suitable for children and teens.
Due to its numerous features, Sparky’s Amusement Centre is a popular party venue in Abu Dhabi.
6. Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi
Finally, with Abu Dhabi’s warm temperatures, you and your family can use some cooling off in a fun way. Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi is the best place to head to for this purpose.
Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi is one of the largest waterparks in the United Arab Emirates. The park has over 40 rides, slides, and water attractions and features.
The water rides are divided according to thrill levels:
- Young Fun (low)
- Moving and Grooving (medium)
- Exciting Adventure (high)
- Adrenaline Rush (extreme)
The two most outstanding features of Yas Waterworld are the Banding Bomber, the longest suspended roller coaster in the Gulf region, and the Cinesplash, a water cinema that gives viewers a unique, wet, and fun movie-watching experience.
Other must-try rides and features include the Bubble’s Barrel, Canon Point, Rush Rider, and Water Wars.
Yas Waterworld also has several restaurants and cafes to choose from when you and your family get the urge to indulge in delicious refreshments after all the activities.
Make sure to create an itinerary for your holiday to ensure that you can visit most (if not all) of these amazing theme parks in Abu Dhabi.