14 of Abu Dhabi's best indoor activities
Abu Dhabi is an amazing place to be in summer, especially when there are a bunch of ways to beat the heat. Go beyond the stunning sun, sand and shorelines of Abu Dhabi to discover family-friendly theme parks, cultural sites, beautiful bites of nature and much more!
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1. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
When you’re riding the world’s fastest roller coaster, we are 100% sure shrieking in joy is legally permitted. This indoor and outdoor arena is home to the world's fastest rollercoaster, the highest loop ride, the tallest space-frame structure ever built on the planet and over 40 record-breaking attractions. You can even purchase a Driving Experience or a Passenger Experience in a Ferrari and feel the thrill of this luxury car for yourself.
With all these activities in one space, there’s no doubt that Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will give you a much-needed rush of hyper-adrenaline!
2. Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi
How do you work up a sweat in an air-conditioned room? Well, if that room is the massive 1.65 million square foot Warner Bros. World, then it's easy to get hot while rushing and riding between the 29 thrilling rides and attractions.
Bringing legendary characters to life, one moment you could be chilling in a Fred Flintstones’ Bedrock inspired land or swooping into Batman’s Gotham City the next. As you work your way through the fun, there is a range of food pitstops for quick bites and drinks. How does a delicious sorbet from Yogi Bear and Boo Boo Ice Cream sound?
Feel the energy course through your veins as you try these exciting, gravity-defying activities.
3. Adventure HQ
Primarily a storefront to buy outdoor adventure equipment, Adventure HQ at Dalma Mall is home to Adventure Zone; a 20,00 square foot area that boasts an indoor skate park, pump track, trampoline park, boulder wall and cable climb. While you are shopping, drop your kids off here to work off their boundless energy and get some exercise in. Adventure Zone has a second branch at Yas Mall which measures 12,000 square feet and features high and low ropes courses, a climbing pinnacle, a zip line and a cool boulder wall.
4. Bounce Abu Dhabi
Add a literal spring to your step at the popular Bounce Abu Dhabi. The massive trampoline-style indoor playground gives you extra bounce to practise jumps, master flips or just freestyle! With a 40-metre slide, zip line, freehand wall climbing and more, adrenaline junkies can test their skills. Overall a safe and controlled environment, kids and adults can take advantage of the exhilarating facilities.
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5. The National Aquarium
Being the largest aquarium in the Middle East, The National Aquarium located in Abu Dhabi’s Al Qana area is home to 10 thematic zones and over 46,000 animals. From hand-feeding marine species to viewing the underwater world from the Bu Tinah Dhow (a glass-bottom boat), get ready to be enthralled by seeing stingrays, meeting birds and encountering reptiles of the forest. With interactive technology guiding you throughout your tour of the sea, the National Aquarium combines education and fun all into one!
6. Qasr Al Hosn
A historical landmark, Qasr Al Hosn is one of the oldest stone buildings in Abu Dhabi. Free entry for all, you can amble through the remarkable area which housed the ruling family for centuries and was the emirate’s original seat of government. The cultural site was awarded the gold accolade at the 2021 World Architecture News Awards, topping a shortlist featuring six other international sites in the Mixed-Use category. Known for its moving exhibitions, make sure to additionally check what events and workshops are taking place when you visit.
7. Louvre Abu Dhabi
9,200 square metres of renowned art that can move, inspire and educate visitors from all over the globe - that is the magic of Louvre Abu Dhabi. The acclaimed universal museum found its base in the Saadiyat Cultural District on Saadiyat Island in 2017. While you are there, you can choose to experience different artistic journeys and unravel stories by partaking in ongoing exhibitions. This art-lovers paradise is even known for its unique interiors and breathtaking exterior, inspired by the region.
8. Qasr Al Watan
Built between 2010 to 2017 and opened in 2019, the opulent Qasl Al Watan is UAE’s presidential palace. Located in the Al Ras Al Akhdar region of Abu Dhabi, the beautiful palace, whose name translates to ‘Palace of the Nation’, is not only open to tourists but also regularly hosts government officials and foreign dignitaries. The entire structure was created to highlight the rich heritage and culture of the UAE while also being a hub of the same. For avid book readers and knowledge seekers, an ideal way to spend your Abu Dhabi summer is at the Qasr Al Watan Library. Home to over 50,000 timeless books, ranging from different ages and scholars, the collection will blow your mind.
Make sure to stay for the captivating evening sound and light show which is projected on the exterior of the palace.
The best of Abu Dhabi’s malls are equipped to cater to every age, gender, mood and craving! That’s why shopping trips here are unlike anywhere else in the world, with everything you ever dreamed of under one roof.
9. Yas Mall
Mall days are meant for walking, shopping, eating and relaxing, and the coolest place to do all of that and more, is Yas Mall. Spend a day exploring Abu Dhabi’s largest luxury mall; shop from over 400 stores of international brands; catch the latest movies; satisfy any food cravings at the multitude of dining places available or simply window shop to your heart's content. From Lego: Pop-in and Play to Clymb, there is also no shortage of entertaining activities for adults and kids.
10. Galleria Mall
Situated on Maryah Island, Galleria Mall is a high-end destination for style-savvy and frequent shoppers with the likes of Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Cartier. When you tire of shopping, wind down with a coffee and cake at the highly Instagrammable Secret Gardens or enjoy a full-fledged meal at any of the delicious dining venues. A 21-screen VOX Cinema with IMAX, flagship adventure-ridden Xtreme Zone and urban parks including the Middle East’s first National Geographic Ultimate Explorer - a fully immersive training ground - promises plenty of enjoyment.
Staying indoors in the summer can sometimes be a downer, but when you’re in Abu Dhabi you never have to worry about how to fill your day. These indoor attractions will keep you and your social media occupied for hours!
11. Emirates Palace
Emirates Palace is a world-famous hotel known for its enchanting Arabesque style, award-winning five-star hospitality and wonderfully unique and authentic local experiences.
Book your table at one of the palace's amazing restaurants and cafes. Savour gourmet Asian food at Hakkasan or traditional Emirati fare with a fine-dining finish at Mezlai, or — if you’re feeling adventurous — how about a sprinkle of 24-karat gold on a camel burger or cappuccino at Le Café.
You can also take in the architectural marvel of Emirates Palace with a private guided tour. The tour explores the hotel's palatial suites, glittering ballrooms and so much more. Tickets are 150 AED.
12. Observation Deck at 300
Rise to the top of Abu Dhabi and catch the city’s skyline from 74 floors up high at the Observation Deck at 300. Located within the Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers, the deck sits 300 metres high and has a circular 360-degree panorama viewing platform. With breathtaking views of the Emirates Palace Hotel, Marina Abu Dhabi and Heritage Village, you can even enjoy the sights for longer while tucking into a premium afternoon tea.
Abu Dhabi has a multi-faceted dining scene that covers every kind of cuisine imaginable. But, how about eating somewhere a little more unique, yet memorable?
Take home a piece of the Middle East when you dine at Suhail. Encircled by golden dunes, this dreamy venue serves up the finest meat cuts and seafood. Dine indoors and soak in the sweeping views that reach their peak of beauty at sunset. Located within the majestic Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort, dining here is a true escape from reality.
Tucked away in the art terminal of Louvre Abu Dhabi, is the iconic Parisian brassiere, Fouquet's. A symbol of French hospitality, the menu was created in collaboration with Michelin Star Chef, Pierre Gagnaire. An exceptional dining experience t enjoy with friends or a partner, indulge in an array of classics prepared with the freshest, local ingredients. The interior of the venue is a combination of understated elegance and contemporary; down to the avant-garde chandeliers and large window views looking out into the sparkling waters of the Arabian Gulf.