Get speedy at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the world’s first Ferrari themepark and largest indoor themepark to boot. Its 20+ thrilling rides and attractions include the world’s fastest rollercoaster, Formula Rossa, reaching up to 240km/h, and the rollercoaster with the world’s tallest inverted loop (52 metres), Flying Aces.
Check out Hili Fun City, the Gulf's oldest themepark and one of the best-value family days out in Arabia.
Make a splash at futuristic Yas Waterworld with its 45 rides, slides and attractions, five of them unique to Abu Dhabi. Highlights include a 238m-long, six-person tornado waterslide and a 3m-high standing wave for flowboards and bodyboards.
Take younger kids to Murjan Splash Park, with seven water-based attractions for children up to 12.
Check out Wadi Adventure, Arabia’s first man-made white-water rafting, kayaking and surfing facility, also featuring Arabia’s largest go-karting track, a low-ropes obstacle course, a waterski and wakeboard park, a family swimming pool and a kids’ splash area.
Hire bikes and cycle along the Corniche – an 8km stretch of manicured waterfront with play areas, cafés and restaurants, and a lifeguarded beach park.
Admire more than 13,000 free-roaming animals at the Arabian Wildlife Park, including Arabian oryx, gazelles, giraffes, hyenas and cheetahs. (Note that guests at the Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara can take 4x4 nature and wildlife drives here, accompanied by expert staff.)
Visit Al Ain Zoo, which is home to more than 4,000 animals, a petting zoo, picnic areas and playgrounds.
Check out the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which with its 82 domes, 1,000+ columns and 24-carat-gold gilded chandeliers is guaranteed to amaze, whatever your age. There are free guided tours.
And if you fancy a spot of retail therapy, all the major shopping malls have kids’ zones and crèche facilities.