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Updated by Roger Gary on May 27, 2015
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Places to Enjoy with Family & Kids in Abu Dhabi – a holiday you would always want to have

Abu Dhabi offers an array of unique activities and innumerable places to enjoy where families and kids can have fun.


Al Ain Zoo and Aquarium

At the foot of the Jebel Hafeet Mountains the zoo spread over 400 ha and has a collection of over 4,000 animals from 184 species. Developed as a family destination the zoo has spaces for relaxation, a 2,000 sq meter children's garden and play area, a vegetable and herb garden and fruit trees. Experiences offered include giraffe feeding, feeding farm animals, peacocks and llamas, daily keeper talks, a Nocturnal House, moonlight tours and night bird shows in summer.


The Al Ain Paradise Garden

Usually a place of lawns, tree shaded walkways and shrubs, it comes to life during the first cool months of the year when a space of 21,000 square meters is transformed with 10,000 temperate zone blooms in all imaginable colours. Arches, hedges, tiered banks, flower beds, baskets, pots and pyramids of flowers attract thousands of visitors a day. Among its other features are a 95 meter water course, a play area for children and a theater.


Al Forsan International Sports Resort Khalifa City

This ultimate sports and leisure destination offers two freshwater lakes, one for beginners and the other for experts to wakeboard, water ski and knee board, a shooting range, a polo field, indoor and outdoor equestrian arenas, archery, a 1.2 km professional track for motor sports, a karting circuit where speeds up to 70 mph are possible, paintball arenas, football and rugby pitches, tennis, squash, volleyball and basketball courts and swimming pools. Restaurants and cafes, changing rooms and lockers for visitors and places to hire equipment for each sport and an internal transport system ensure every requirement is satisfied.


Arabian Wildlife Park

Years of dedicated efforts in conservation has made it possible to introduce 15,000 free roaming animals, 100 species of migratory and resident birds and millions of trees and plants to Sir Bani Yas an 87 sq km wildlife reserve. Families can enjoy trekking, wildlife viewing, snorkeling amongst rich marine environments and kayaking among mangroves.


Desert Adventures

Stay at Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara and enjoy a host of activities, many of them unique, such as a fun Abu Dhabi desert tour, desert walks, camel treks, falconry shows, fat biking and land sailing.


Wild Wadi Adventure in Ain Al Fayda

This manmade white water rafting, kayaking and surfing facility near Jebel Hafeet is a first in the region. It offers a 3.3 meter surf wave and the 1.7 km kayaking channel is said to be the world's longest.


Public Beach Saadiyat Island

This is one of the best places to spend a day out with the family and even to surf as once in awhile a really powerful dream wave allows wave riders to surf inside it.


Other Options

Ferrari World the motor racing themed complex with thrill and family rides and ice skating rinks, bowling alleys and children's play areas in malls are the other places where families can spend time together.