The official capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi has a slightly slower pace and greater emphasis on culture and history than the more modern Dubai. Abu Dhabi is a fantastic place to visit with children. The unique experiences of this day will delight the family and turn preconceived notions on their heads.
A Special Note on Weather:
The joke in the UAE goes that there are two types of temperatures: The hot season and the very hot season. The most pleasant time of year to visit is in October- April, as their winter temperatures generally fluctuate between the low 60’s and low 80’s Fahrenheit. In the summer (June-September) temperatures can be extremely high well at be well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It is not unheard of to see temperatures go all the way up to 120 or even 130 degrees, with high humidity. Please note this when planning your trip.
Address: Sweihan Rd – Abu Dhabi – United Arab
Phone: +971 2 575 5155
Hours: Tours are twice daily, at 10 AM and 2 PM
Admission: Adults (10 and up) 170 AED, Children 5-9 60 AED (Approx $46 and $16 as of October 2014), Children under 5 are free.
The world’s largest falcon-centered veterinary operation is truly a unique experience. The memories here will last a lifetime. It is a good idea to book the tour in advance. These guided tours are impressive, and include the operating theaters, live views of actual checkups on the animals and a free flight aviary where you will see the birds in action. The tour spans a history of these majestic creatures as well as the modern techniques used to treat them. Lovers of animals, children with an interest in veterinary science or anyone with a desire to see beautiful birds up close and personal will especially adore this experience.
Address: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Phone: +971 (0) 2 6599 999
Hours: Daily from 2 PM to 9:30 PM
Admission: from 110 AED per adult and 55 AED per child (approx $30 and $15 as of October 2014)
This functioning racetrack is a must for fans of Formula 1 racing or cars in general. They offer a tour of the pits, media areas and even a chance to walk the starting line and see racing from the ground up. For families looking to inject a little excitement into their day, kid-friendly go karting is available and a nice chance to blow off steam and have a great time. For a more “adult” experience they also offer driving and riding experiences in real, famous cars. Check their schedule to see if a race coincides with the time of your stay. This is either a good or a bad thing, as you may have the unique opportunity to take in an F1 race, however don’t expect to be getting a behind the scenes during one of these busy times.
Address: Warehouse 4 | Street 8, Al Quoz 1, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Hours: 10 AM – 6 PM Sunday – Thursday. 10 AM – 5 PM Saturday, closed Friday.
Admission: Free of Charge
Round out the day with some culture in what many describe as the most dynamic and exciting arts destination in all of the UAE. Located in an industrial area, you will get a different view of the city as well as access to over 20 arts spaces featuring an array of contemporary and even community art. This ever expanding facility was opened in 2007 and is still working off the energy of a new space powered by an enthusiastic community of supporters. Check out their website to see what is on at the time of your visit. You won’t be able to see everything so choose and exhibit or two in advance and enjoy.