Families with children will find a lot of amusements and entertainment destinations in Abu Dhabi. The emirate offers a number of theme parks where guests from different countries seek new experiences.
Many parks are already operating successfully, attracting millions of tourists and residents every year, with others set to open in the coming years – for example, The SeaWorld, which is scheduled to open in 2022. The park is already in active stage of construction on Yas Island, and its creators promise that it will be a one-of-a-kind marine park.
Another amazing place to appear on the city map will be Snow Abu Dhabi Park. This kingdom of snow entertainment and fun, which will be known as the largest of all snow parks in the world, is promised to open its doors in 2020 on Reem Island.
Undoubtedly, we will see more than one attractive entertaining direction for children and adults and every year new unique projects will appear. But we will pay attention to theme parks that are functioning already and have received recognition by tourists and residents of UAE. We have selected several theme parks in the UAE capital that you can visit today!
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Most people associate Ferrari with speed, adventure, and amazing experiences. And in the Ferrari World Park Abu Dhabi – Ferrari’s first theme park – guests will definitely get it all, and much more above that! The park, that covers more than 85 000 square meters, is considered one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UAE and is known throughout the world. A recognizable structure with a red roof is probably known to many. The construction of this theme park began in 2007, and in 2010 it officially opened its doors to the public.
In the park there is a Family Zone, which will be interesting for kids, with play areas and exciting activities. Next, there is an Italian Zone, paying tribute to the homeland of Ferrari. Then, there’s the F1 Zone with the chance to get racing experience as close as possible to the real one. Finally, there is an Adventure Zone.
The park can offers incredible attractions for visitors, which includes a roller coaster, which has no analog in speed (being able to accelerate up to 240 km/h in 4,9 second ) – the Formula Rossa. Another attraction is the Flying Aces, with the world’s highest roller coaster loop. Then, there is a a real Ferrari car ride with an experienced instructor through Yas Island, and the Turbo Track ride with a mesmerizing zero gravity fall experience. A ton of other experiences awaits!
Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival
A unique destination worth visiting with the whole family is the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival The Festival is named in honor of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The territory of the festival is located in the open air in an area close to Abu Dhabi. All the unique features of world culture are gathered in the World Heritage district, with the center of attraction for visitors being the UAE Heritage District, rich with stunning expositions and pavilions dedicated to the cultural traditions and history of the Emirates.
Guests will find plenty of entertainment including colorful fireworks, entertaining shows for children, and the beautiful Emirates fountain. Thematic events are held here as well as art exhibitions, workshops, parades, competitions, camel races, horse shows and other cultural and entertainment activities. The festival offers a great time for the whole family, and guests are invited to enjoy the variety of many culinary traditions of the world.
The Festival is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE. Sheikh Zayed Festival is open only during certain seasons.
Waterpark Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi is another entertainment destination for the whole family, located on Yas Island. Impressive water slides, exciting rides and attractions, areas for kids, plenty of water activities and entertainment – children and adults will be delighted with this place.
You can take part in the Water Wars, experience the Dawwama tornado water coaster with your family or friends, ride the wave for surfing with Bubbles Barrel, with a loud splash go down one of the six lanes of the Sebag slide, enjoy 5D Cinesplash, slip down Liwa Loop waterslide, experience free fall with Jebel Drop and longest suspended roller coaster Bandit Bomber as well as a large number of other great entertainment.
Murjan Splash Park
Murjan Splash Park’s water entertainment space is located in Khalifa Park. Families with young children under 12 who are not ready for the tickling nerves of the Yas Waterworld slides should come here. Children will enjoy spending time on small water slides, get a lot of fun with tipping buckets of water, visit a tunnel under water, play with water balloons, jump on trampolines in Lili Pad Hop area, sail on the boats, bumping into each other at the Bumper Boat Lagoon and have a great time in the calm waters of a shallow lazy river a little over half a meter deep.
Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi
Near Ferrari World on Yas Island you can find another entertainment park – Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. Opened in 2018, the park is the third theme park dedicated to the characters and themes of Warner Bros. The creators of Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi took into account the country’s hot climate, making the park an indoor destination with a modern air conditioning system. It is one of the largest theme parks of this type in the world.
You can enjoy dozens of thrilling rides, live entertainment shows and meetings with your favorite characters from Warner Bros. Animation and DC Comics, like Batman or Tom and Jerry. Here, The Flintstones Bedrock River Adventure Zone adjoins Gotham City, in Metropolis you can meet Superman, and at Cartoon Junction have fun with Scooby-Doo and Bugs Bunny. And the center of the entire park is Warner Bros. Plaza with plenty of leisure facilities, entertainment, restaurants, and retail stores.