A big part of life in the Emirates is having people from home visiting. It’s wonderful hosting friends and family – but what to do with visitors in Abu Dhabi? Luckily there’s plenty to do in the capital with tons of options to keep visitors entertained. From action-packed theme parks to inspiring landmarks there is plenty to suit your relatives, friends and families with little ones.
Take an afternoon to appreciate the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
No trip to Abu Dhabi is complete without a visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. It is the largest in the UAE, and took more than 11 years to build. There are so many outstanding features to explore such as the world’s largest hand-loomed carpet which is a truly incredible sight. The dramatic water mirrors, columns and glittering chandeliers along with the unique Arabic architectural features all add to the magnificence. There are daily guided tours that share not only key aspects of the mosque but also insights into Islam.
Soar on scenic flight above Abu Dhabi
Take your visitors on a thrilling tour of Abu Dhabi from the sky! Our Seawings Pearl tour showcases the city’s gorgeous islands and beautiful landmarks offering unparalleled views of the city. After experiencing the thrill of water take off from Yas Marina you can relax and enjoy Abu Dhabi from a bird’s eye view. You’ll be able to see the extensive mangrove lagoon, Emirates Palace hotel, Marina Mall and the Louvre Abu Dhabi. This experience is a fantastic way to cover Abu Dhabi’s attractions and creates wonderful memories to share for a lifetime.
The dock is located at Yas Marina with several restaurants and cafes nearby, so you could make an afternoon of it and sit down for a delicious lunch afterwards or even enjoy a few drinks at one of the waterfront eateries. Our luxury seaplanes can take up to nine people in total, if you have a family group you may even want to consider a charter flight – it’s more reasonable than you would think!
Go car crazy at Ferrari World
Ferrari World is the ultimate destination for car enthusiasts visiting Abu Dhabi, and makes for a great boys day out. With more than 25 rides and attractions from roller coasters to simulators this theme park has plenty to keep kids of all ages entertained. The park is home to Toro Rosso, the fastest roller coaster in the world and Flying Aces, which features the highest roller coaster loop on the planet! When it’s time for a pit stop you’ll be transported to Ferrari’s homeland in the Italian themed restaurants around the park. With such amazing attractions it’s easy to see why Ferrari World is a top option when thinking about what to do with visitors in Abu Dhabi.
Have a royal experience at Emirates Palace Hotel
If you’re looking for a peek into the lives of royalty and the rich, a visit to this hotel is a must-do. Emirates Palace Hotel - built to the tune of three billion dollars – has been extensively decked out in marble and gold, featuring has six ‘ruler suites’ which are for the exclusive use of visiting royalty. It also requires a full time staff of ten dedicated to cleaning the 1002 Swarovski crystal chandeliers. This is one of the only places in the world where you can get a cappuccino sprinkled with 24 carat gold flakes. Live like a king, even if it’s just for a coffee.
There’s no fee for taking a look around, however their High Tea experience is a great option for something to do with visiting mums and aunties.
Drive Yas Marina CircuitThousands of F1 fans descend on the circuit for the finale of the Formula 1 Grand Prix each November, however there’s plenty of fun to be had on the circuit year-round. You can race around the track on weekly evening bike ride events, or really put your foot on the gas with hot laps in exotic sports cars such as Ferrari, Jaguar or the Formula 3000 racing cars.
Make a splash at Yas Waterworld
If it’s aquatic thrills and spills you’re looking for then Yas Waterworld is the place to be. This water park is brimming with slides, pools and splash zones making this a great day out for families. The wave feature is popular with budding surfers, and the park often extends its hours into the evenings over summer, with a dedicated ladies night every Thursday. If you’ve got family visiting who have younger children, this is definitely worth considering when thinking about what to do with visitors in Abu Dhabi.
Make new feathered friends at the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital
The falcon is the national bird of the United Arab Emirates, and isseen as a symbol of strength. The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital is first public institution in the UAE that specialises in falcon care, and since opening has treated more than 11,000 falcons per year. Learn more about this majestic bird, the history of the falcon in the UAE and experience falcons free-flying in their specially designed aviary. This unique encounter makes itone of the more unique options when thinking about what to do with visitors in Abu Dhabi. The hospital has won several accolades including the Middle East Responsible Tourism Award.
We hope we’ve given you a few ideas on what to do with visitors. Do you think there’s anything we missed? Let us know in the comments! If you've got the kids with you check out our family friendly ideas here.
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