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10 summer-friendly places to visit in Abu Dhabi

Wondering what to do in Abu Dhabi in summer? Well, the best way to spend your summer is by cooling off at these amazing destinations we’ve picked for you!

These Abu Dhabi spots are a unique way to welcome that golden tan. If you would rather spend quality time indoors with friends or family, visit these entertaining venues and watch how quickly time flies!

Here’s an exciting list of places to visit in Abu Dhabi during summer - keep scrolling!

Indoor fun

1. CLYMB Abu Dhabi

Situated through Yas Mall, CLYMB Abu Dhabi is a popular attraction that is located indoors, but it can get pretty hot when you’re done! With two adrenaline-fueled activities of skydiving and climbing, showcase your skills and have a good time. The climbing arena has five different walls and it is a real test of your scaling abilities, especially if you can ascend the tallest one called The Summit at 141 feet. The activity centre also features the world's biggest indoor skydiving flight chamber that gives you an authentic levitating experience. The attractions are suitable for anyone aged 4 and above, ranging from beginners to advanced levels.

2. Observation Deck at 300

To see Abu Dhabi views on a whole new level, visit Observation Deck at 300. This is the highest vantage point in the city to soak in amazing views across the ocean and the skyline. As well as witnessing uninterrupted views and capturing impressive photos, you can also indulge in afternoon tea. Afternoon high tea at the observation deck offers a tasty range of tea, coffee sweet and savoury treats and be sure you try the signature mocktail, the Etihad Sparkler.

3. Qasr Al Hosn

Step inside the oldest living structure in Abu Dhabi, Qasr Al Hosn, and learn all about the emirate's rich history. As well as soaking up fascinating historical stories, you, your friends and your family can take part in ancient crafts too. There are craftsmen and women throughout the building intricately creating beautiful items including dresses, placemats, fans and so much more. You're welcome to take part and even purchase items making for a perfect souvenir.

4. Yas Mall

Yas Mall is Abu Dhabi's largest mall and located on the fun-filled Yas Island. It's a haven for those looking for some retail therapy and even the kids can be entertained for hours at KidZania.

There are 370 stores which include some of the world's most iconic fashion brands and 60 restaurants and cafes to choose from for that much-needed shopping spree break.

5. Ferarri World Abu Dhabi

How about a quick round on the Formula Rossa? Titled the ‘World’s Fastest Roller Coaster’ by the Guinness World Records for good reason, this speed monster at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi can go up to 240 km/h and travel 52 metres upward in just 4.9 seconds.

Once you’re done riding the fastest, the rest of the rides will feel a little less intimidating. Jump on the Turbo Track, Flying Aces or Karting Academy and you can even race your friends in a Ferrari F430 Spider on twisting parallel tracks.

You can even buy Ferrari memorabilia as a keepsake of a ‘heart-thumping’ day!

6. Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi

Watch your childhood memories come alive, or in the case of your children, watch them light up as you enter the Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. Plan your day so you can enjoy all the fun rides and attractions, check out the different dining options, buy mementoes, or just casually bump into your favourite characters.

From Tom and Jerry to the Jetsons and Batman, this massive indoor amusement park knows how to keep you entertained till it's time to say goodbye. If one day isn’t enough at the ‘World’s Largest Indoor Theme Park’ (confirmed by Guinness World Records) or you want to hang out in the capital city for a little while longer, check into the cool and casual Warner Bros Hotel Abu Dhabi.

7. The National Aquarium

The best way to skip the sun is to spend time indoors getting to know the fascinating world of sea creatures. From fish to frogs and birds to mammals, the National Aquarium of Abu Dhabi is home to over 46,000 animals and nearly 330+ species. Divided into 10 different zones and ideal for adults and kids, the Middle East’s largest aquarium is nothing short of exciting. Complete with glass boat tours, interactive technology and personal animal encounters (you can actually feed freshwater rays!), close the gap between you and the intriguing mysteries of the underwater.

Take a dip

8. Yas Waterworld

No summer is complete without a trip to a waterpark, and when in Abu Dhabi, the answer is always Yas Waterworld. A blend of thrill, chill and brill(iance), the waterpark’s theme revolves around Emirati culture with more than 40 rides, such as Falcons Falaj, Hamlool’s Humps and Jebel Drop. From plummeting 10 stories high to serpentine slides and water cannons, the day can get wet and wild very quickly. If you have toddlers, they can splash and play in dedicated areas and for famished tummies, there are 4 dining venues to check out.

9. Intercontinental Bayshore

Looking for a cooling pool day? Head to the Intercontinental Bayshore. As well as 300 metres of beachfront and an infinity pool, Bayshore offers shaded daybeds and cabanas plus a covered swim-up bar to sip on cold beverages and escape the warm midday sunshine.

Non-hotel guests are welcome to use the hotel's beach and pool facilities with admission starting from AED 129 for adults and AED 59 for children.

10. Dhabian Equestrian Club

How about a carefree ride on the beach? Hop on a trusted stallion of the Dhabian Equestrian Club for a morning trot across the waves. Situated on a quiet farm in Abu Dhabi’s Al Rahba area, this family-run club offers many activities and lessons for horse-lovers to partake in and even welcomes photographers who want to capture the horses in action.


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