Places to visit in Abu Dhabi? If your next travel destination is the Middle East, the UAE capital is an excellent choice. Abu Dhabi is on par with cities like Dubai, Muscat, and Cairo with its numerous unique attractions.
Though Abu Dhabi focuses mainly on oil export and commerce, which is evident in its gigantic shopping centres and skyscrapers, it also offers a mix of man-made and natural attractions.
Here, you’ll find The Louvre Abu Dhabi, where you can see stunning art collections from different parts of the world. The UAE capital city also features local and international cuisines, and spectacular Islamic architecture. Best of all, it has an abundance of exciting and adrenaline-pumping activities, with its many adventure and theme parks.
If you want to experience different worlds while you’re in the UAE, check out the best theme parks in Abu Dhabi. Regardless of how long your stay is, these places are all worth exploring.
1. Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi
Who doesn’t know Batman, Superman, Scooby-Doo, Bugs Bunny, The Flintstones, the Flash, and the other members of the Looney Tunes gang? These characters and superheroes are part of everybody’s early years, meaning that people of all ages would love to see them in person.
Warner Bros Abu Dhabi is an indoor theme park in Yas Island Abu Dhabi that features exciting rides based on famous cartoon characters. The theme park is divided into six areas.
- Gotham City
- Cartoon Junction –
- Dynamite Gulch
- Warner Bros Plaza
Every area showcases famous franchises from Warner Bros and their own detailed scenic environments. Each area is also fashioned precisely to the style of the original sets of Warner Bros., making you feel you’re inside the adventure itself.
Most of the attractions you’ll find at Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi are suitable for different ages and skill levels. It also houses several cafes and restaurants where you can grab a bite whenever you feel hungry. Moreover, there are retail outlets where you can buy exclusive and limited-edition gift items and souvenirs.
As soon as you step past the Warner Bros shield, you will be transported to these six immersive and magical worlds filled with adventure, action, and eccentricity.
2. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Seeking an adrenaline-pumping, mind-blowing adventure? Look no further than Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is another theme park in Yas Island Abu Dhabi that is home to the Formula Rossa, which is the fastest rollercoaster in the world, accelerating to 149 miles per hour in only five seconds.
Apart from that, this theme park also offers different attractions and rides inspired by the famous Italian automotive brand that you and your loved ones will love. These include the Tyre Twist, G Force, and Flying Aces (the highest roller coaster loop in the world).
You can also try the Ferrari F1 Simulator experience, wherein you and your kids can drive a Ferrari F1 car around a simulated circuit. If not, you can take part in the Bell’Italia experience and Junior Grand Prix.
For a more relaxed experience, you can check out the Ferrari car exhibitions and even learn how to assemble Ferrari race cars straight from the experts.
If you’re taking a break from these unique, thrilling rides, consider checking out the park cafes and restaurants to replenish your energy.
3. Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi
If you’re visiting UAE in the summer, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi is a must-visit theme park to cool down whilst having fun.
Located also in Yas Island Abu Dhabi, this water park has more than 40 slides, rides, and water features and attractions that are divided based on thrill levels. These include (from low to extreme):
- Young Fun
- Moving and Grooving
- Exciting Adventure
- Adrenaline Rush
Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi tells the story of Dana, a young girl whose goal is to get back a lost pearl to bring back her village’s prosperity. Such a story is evident in the overall architecture of the park and the attractions. The two exceptional features of this amusement park are:
- Banding Bomber – the region’s longest suspended roller coaster
- Cinesplash – a water cinema offering a wet, fun, and unique movie-watching experience
Other rides you should try are Canon Point, Water Wars, Bubble’s Barrel, and Rush Rider. And when it’s time to indulge in snacks and refreshments, the park also features cafes and restaurants serving various cuisines. You can also check out the park’s souk and pearl-diving exhibits for a dose of local heritage.
4. KidZania Abu Dhabi
Kids love to role play. KidZania Abu Dhabi uses this principle as a guide to developing activities that help nurture the resourcefulness and inventiveness of children. The place is designed for kids to enjoy, featuring buildings and paved roads that make kids feel they are out in the real world.
Located in Yas Mall, KidZania Abu Dhabi is one of the emirate’s premier edutainment centres for children. Once inside, your kids can try and enjoy more than 40 interactive activities. They will be provided with a map of the city so they can choose which areas they want to role play in real-life professions, including nurses, doctors, radio or TV hosts, or teachers.
With the different professionals and sectors to try and study, you can send your kids here to spend hours of fun and learning while you explore Yas Mall. The exciting possibilities in KidZania Abu Dhabi are simply endless!
5. Fun Works
Another indoor park in Yas Mall that your kids will love is Fun Works. This is a two-floor play area filled with features and rides for your little ones, including a giant soft play area and toddler playgrounds. There are also video game arcades to entertain kids and teens.
Fun Works also offer learning workshops with unique and playful activities that promise to promote parent-child interaction. It also provides services like themed kids’ parties, customised school trips, and child-friendly dining options. Moreover, there is a parent’s lounge where you can rest and unwind while your kids are having fun.
6. CLYMB Abu Dhabi
If you love wall and free falling, CLYMB Abu Dhabi should be on your bucket list. This indoor facility offers both the tallest indoor climbing wall in the world and the biggest indoor skydiving flight chamber.
For wall climbing, you can try the different wall options, depending on your climbing level and preferences. Or better yet, push your limits by trying out the 43-metre-high climbing wall.
If you’re interested in the skydiving experience, visitors as young as three years of age can try it. Flight instructors will be there to guide you, whether you’re a beginner or an expert, to ensure a safe yet fun experience.
Other facilities at CLYMB Abu Dhabi include a private event space, retail outlets, and dining establishments that can satisfy all taste buds.
The Fun and Adventure Begin in Abu Dhabi
A trip to Abu Dhabi promises to entertain, thrill, and give you and your loved ones unmatched adventures and cultural exposure.
If you want to discover the fun side of the UAE capital, you won’t go wrong with exploring these Abu Dhabi adventures and theme parks first.