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Updated by Andrew Pereira on Feb 02, 2016
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Top Summer Vacation Activities to Enjoy With Children in Abu Dhabi

As one of the Middle East's most popular family holiday hubs Abu Dhabi offers vacationers a wealth of activities and attractions. Here are some of the top things to do when in Abu Dhabi with the kids.


Picking Up Skills

One of the most useful activities visitors can engage in with their children during summer holidays is learning a new skill. The type of skill depends entirely on the family and their personal preferences but some popular options available to vacationers based in Abu Dhabi include swimming lessons and horse riding sessions. As a skill that will benefit and enhance the holiday experience of the young ones for years to come learning and acquiring a new set of skills whether it be in mastering a new language (Arabic courses) or learning to drive (for older children), ski or skate are some of the most coveted activity options available to families touring Abu Dhabi.


Volunteering and Making a Difference

Charity begins at home and should ideally extend to vacation experiences as well if children are to become responsible travellers and citizens of a global community. Those holidaying in Abu Dhabi have a plethora of family friendly volunteer opportunities right around the city and the variety of activity that is of interest will differ from child to child and family to family. Some may prefer to help out in animal shelters or in other conservation efforts while other might want to help local charities clean up the city or spend time with differently abled individuals.


Camp Out

Regarded as one of the most engaging activities available during the season of summer sending one's offspring to summer camp is a possibility for those based in Abu Dhabi as well. Whether its football camp, ballet camp or math camp the choices are seemingly endless as camps available to children of all ages include various disciplines such as dance, science, languages and sports activities such as swimming.


Hit the Beach

Summer is the time to cool off and splash around in Abu Dhabi's stunning beaches and what better location is there for families with children than famed Ghantoot Beach. Perfect for a family celebration or simply a day at the beach the white, sandy beachfront fringed with azure hued waters is ideal for any occasion. Visitors can also sign up for banana boat rides with the family at Ghantoot and then stop by a beachside restaurant for a delicious lunch before heading out to the water once more.


Road Trip

Connected through a series of highways enjoying a day tour of nearby towns and attractions is another great way to spend the summer holidays with the whole family. Popular day trip options from Abu Dhabi include tours of Liwa, Dibba, Al Ain, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah and Khasab. Visitors should not only explore the famous attractions in these ancient and desert landscapes but also visit local museums and discover culinary delicacies unique to the areas at local eateries. Visitors based in Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara or any other desert resort Abu Dhabi counts among its best rests will have easy access to most of these destinations.


Mall Activities

Abu Dhabi's plush mallscapes also provide hours of engagement for children of all ages in addition to fantastic retail opportunities. Come summer time, nearly every mall in the city rolls out its summer events program which includes a wide range of activity options for children as well as adults. As some of the city's favourite activity hubs, families can take part in promotional activities and large scale festivals organized by the malls.