The Best Family Experiences in Abu Dhabi

Camels resting on the desert sand, Abu Dhabi
Camels resting on the desert sand, Abu Dhabi | © Oneinchpunch / Alamy Stock Photo

Located on an island in the Persian Gulf, Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, offers thrills for all ages. Culture Trip selects some of the best experiences for you and your family to enjoy when visiting the city.

Abu Dhabi, like most of the cities in the Persian Gulf, is a safe playground for all ages. There are leisurely tours that highlight the best culture the region has to offer and exciting, high-octane thrills for those feeling more adventurous. Here’s a selection of things to enjoy when on a family trip to Abu Dhabi.

ToursAbu Dhabi Sightseeing Tour: Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Heritage Village & Dates Market
From $52 per person
4 hours
4.1 (70)
Witness the highlights of Abu Dhabi on this 4-hour sightseeing tour of the UAE’s dazzling capital. Traveling between the sights in an air-conditioned vehicle, visit the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, a vision of white domes, minarets and courtyards; explore the recreated old desert settlement at the Heritage Village, with its Bedouin tents and craft demonstrations; browse the Souk and bustling Dates Market; and admire the beaches, gardens and gleaming high-rises. As you explore, gain fascinating insight into the history, culture and future of this beautiful city from your guide.

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ToursSunrise Desert Safari Tour from Abu Dhabi
From $73 per person
3 hours
5 (2)
As a city shaped by its seafaring heritage, Abu Dhabi can only truly be experienced by the water. Our unique sightseeing tours will take you on a journey through time as you experience contemporary architecture juxtaposed with the traditional Arabic culture.75 Minute Yas TourThis spectacular guided tour is a one-stop shop for all things Yas Island. It is brimming iconic sights, as well as key tips and facts about the island and its many attractions!60 Minute Corniche TourThere’s simply no better way to explore Abu Dhabi’s headline-grabbing skyline than from the water. You start your tour in style at the luxurious Emirates Palace Marina, then head out to sea to experience the beautiful Corniche.60 Minute Maya Island TourThis incredible guided tour takes you on a journey down Abu Dhabi’s extensive coastline, to witness the luxury of Abu Dhabi island, Emirates Palace and the Presidential Palaces juxtaposed with the natural, tranquil beauty of Al Maya Island.
ToursAbu Dhabi Guided Sightseeing Boat Tours
From $44 per person
1 hour
4.8 (20)
As a city shaped by its seafaring heritage, Abu Dhabi can only truly be experienced by the water. Our unique sightseeing tours will take you on a journey through time as you experience contemporary architecture of the , juxtaposed with the traditional Arabic culture.

75 Minute Yas Tour

This spectacular guided tour is a one-stop shop for all things Yas Island. It is brimming iconic sights, as well as key tips and facts about the Island and its many attractions!

60 Minute Corniche Tour

There’s simply no better way to explore Abu Dhabi's headline-grabbing skyline than from the water. You start your tour in style at the luxurious Emirates Palace Marina, then head out to sea to experience the beautiful Corniche.

60 Minute Maya Island Tour

This incredible guided tour takes you on a journey down Abu Dhabi’s extensive coastline, to witness the luxury of Abu Dhabi island, Emirates Palace and the Presidential Palaces juxtaposed with the natural, tranquil beauty of Al Maya Island.
AdmissionFerrari World Tour Skip-the-Line Tour from Dubai
From $215 per person
8 hours
4 (1)
Ferrari World is a car lover's dream world! This 200,000 meters square theme park, located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, is definitely something you don't want to miss while you're visiting the region.

There are 20 rides and attractions to enjoy at Ferrari World, including roller coasters, a theater, 3-D shows, a carousel, and an area especially for the little ones to play safely in. You can purchase souvenirs and merchandise at the gift shops. Also, don't forget to enjoy true Italian dining at Ferrari World's food and beverage stops found throughout the park.

Ferrari World is made to cater to all ages as long as you are fascinated by Ferrari and its history and grandeur. So, you can spend an entire day of fun and excitement with your small group during this 8-hour, skip-the-line tour! Hotel pickup and drop-off is included. 

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