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The sunny and entertaining capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi feels like it’s been specifically designed for family holidays. Filled with beaches and exciting activities, this place is great for children of all ages. And a direct flight from the UK to Abu Dhabi take less than seven hours – perfect if you’re craving a winter sun holiday, but want to avoid flying long-haul with kids.
Adventure-packed Abu Dhabi boasts Arabian Gulf beaches, energetic urban hubs, wild desert landscapes and dramatic mountains. So, whatever you’re into, a family getaway to Abu Dhabi will have something for you. And you’ll be spoiled for choice of places to stay, as many family-friendly resorts offer innovative kids’ clubs, acres of pools and excellent activity programmes.
If you’re into waterparks and theme parks, you’ll be pleased to know that Abu Dhabi has several to choose from. There’s even an entire island dedicated to them. For fun of another sort, take the kids to Al Gharbia, where Rub Al Khali meets the Arabian Gulf. Little ones can dune walk on the largest, unbroken sand desert in the world, while teens can try out sandboarding or camel trekking. You could even send a night under the stars at a traditional Bedouin camp. Or simply hang out in the city, where you can tour Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, visit the incredible Louvre Abu Dhabi, and enjoy a spot of retail therapy in the monumental shopping malls.
Of course, you expect sun and blue skies year-round in Abu Dhabi. But from May to October is extremely hot and probably best avoided if you’re travelling with young children. The weather from November to April is wonderfully warm and sunny – perfect for days on the beach, desert adventures or whatever else you have in mind for your Abu Dhabi family holiday.
Whether you’re planning your honeymoon or heading off on a family holiday, our experts can tailor-make a holiday to suit you.
Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island is located just steps from the sands of Saadiyat Beach, but you won’t have to fight for a good spot during a stay here.
Striking architecture and the picturesque natural world intertwine at Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort.
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