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8 Amazing day trips in Abu Dhabi

Dreaming of time away from the daily grind? An Abu Dhabi day trip or daycation is the best way to hit the reset button, without having to plan an entire staycation or vacation. Even if you’re vacationing nearby, planning an Abu Dhabi day trip from Dubai is a great way to spend a day.

Whether you are looking to unwind solo, with a partner, family or friends, here is our list of curated daycation hotels and activities in Abu Dhabi.

Family day out

1. Chase the adrenaline

How about a round trip on the world’s fastest rollercoaster? If you raised your hand, then Ferrari World is a definite go! With over 20 rides and attractions, this indoor and outdoor park promises an exhilarating time. You can even try your hand at the simulators and electric-powered go-karts.

Once everyone’s energy levels start dropping, take a 10-minute drive to the chic Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island for an indulgent dinner at Graphos Social Kitchen. Complete with live stations and a chocolate fountain, you may need a shot of espresso before you hit the road.

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2. Go on a scream-fest

Spend the day with legendary cartoon characters at the indoor Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi. Home to over 29 cool rides and jaw-dropping attractions, expect a nostalgic day for adults and an exciting one for the kids!

Hop, skip and jump after to the vibrant WB™ Abu Dhabi, for a dip in the ‘dive-in theatre’ pool and dinner.

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3. Test your skills

Scaling walls may not be the typical way to relax, but Clymb™ makes it so easy! This indoor facility has the world’s tallest indoor climbing wall, towering 43 metres high (141 feet); and for those who love floating mid-air, there is even a neat freefall area.

All that activity will help build your appetite for…brunch, of course! Just a short 6-minute drive away is the popular Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island where you and the family can tuck into a tasty daycation brunch.

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Couples retreat

4. Appreciate art

Strolling amongst the most exquisite artwork is an artistic way start to your day away. Take your time exploring the different collections and exhibitions at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Arab region’s first universal museum and an architectural beauty in itself.

Afterwards, make your way to the contemporary and artsy W Abu Dhabi - Yas Island for sundowners at WET Deck, the hotel’s state-of-the-art rooftop poolside venue.

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5. Take on a culinary challenge

How about a little kitchen competition to fire up your day away? The Anatara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi Hotel offers private cooking sessions where you and your partner can master delicious Middle Eastern dishes and enjoy a leisurely lunch. If you feel the need to walk off that big meal, head over to the nearby Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, a cultural masterpiece. Known for its exquisite interiors and majestic exterior, you can opt for a guided tour or simple walk through on your own.

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6. Retreat in paradise

Nothing says ‘paradise’ like a desert island. You can find a haven just like this by taking a Nurai Island day trip. Take to the serene surroundings of Nurai’s beach and relax with mouth watering food, refreshing cocktails and stunning vistas across the Arabian Gulf. What makes this trip even more stress-free is that complimentary boat transport is included in your booking!

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Unique experiences

7. Tee-off in style

There’s always time for a friendly game with your mates at the stunning Saadiyat Beach Golf Club. The 18-hole championship course’s compelling views of Saadiyat Island and the glittering Arabian Gulf may make it hard to concentrate on your swing though.

After your round, head over to the nearby Iridium Spa at St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort where you can ease your muscles with a luxury therapy session. A gentle foot bath followed by a scrub and massage at this tranquil place will leave you practically levitating.

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8. Be one with nature

Start your day early by renting a kayak at the serene Mangrove National Park. Best done when the tide is higher, float your way through the luscious reserve and discover a variety of local flora and fauna, like the greater flamingo and western reef heron. Don’t forget to carry your camera to capture these moments.

Once your rendezvous with nature is complete, enjoy a scenic 15-minute drive to the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa for a comforting Italian lunch.

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