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Discovering Abu Dhabi with Kids

The United Arab Emirates is a great family vacation destination.  For tourists, Dubai may be the most popular location to visit but Abu Dhabi, the capitol of UAE, also has a lot to offer visitors.  When visiting as a family there is a lot to see there to keep everyone happy and engaged!  Here are 3 top experiences for families visiting Abu Dhabi:

abu dhabi grand mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque 

This architectural masterpiece is the largest mosque in UAE and can hold 41,000 people!  It’s an absolutely beautiful edifice and a wonderful place for families to visit together and learn about the Muslim faith.

abu dhabi grand mosque

As a place of worship, it offers kids a chance to practice their most respectful behavior and learn about the culture.  The ornate decor, exquisite chandeliers and world record holding hand woven rugs are interesting points to discuss and study.

abu dhabi grand mosque

Proper attire is required and strictly enforced (long sleeves and bottoms for men and women, head coverings for women, while children are just encouraged to dress respectfully).  Touring the grounds does not require a lot of time but the moments spent at this famous mosque will certainly be the most memorable of your visit to Abu Dhabi.

abu dhabi grand mosque

abu dhabi heritage village

Heritage Village Abu Dhabi 

Heritage Village in Abu Dhabi is a recreation of a historical Arab village located on the water in the Abu Dhabi Marina neighborhood.  There are beautiful water views as a back drop for the artisan craft shops & reconstructed desert dwellings.

heritage village abu dhabi

There are also a variety of monthly festivals that occur throughout the year.  We spent time wandering the lovely grounds, taking in the scenery, feeling like we were transported in time.

abu dhabi heritage village use

It is a very interactive way for the kids to learn about ancient Arabic culture.  You can wander through the stone dwellings and learn about how the homes were kept cool in the desert heat.  You can have a (short) camel ride or visit one of the artisans in the shop district.

abu dhabi heritage village use

The pottery shop was a favorite with the girls as the artisan there let them actually use the potters wheel and helped them to sculpt the clay into beautiful jars..

abu dhabi heritage village camel use

Ferrari World

Ferrari World is an epic amusement park and entertainment center on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

ferrari world abu dhabi uae

It is a great place for the entire family with thrill rides for all ages, entertaining shows, dining and of course a show room of exquisite cars.  There are factory tours, interactive game shows and shopping!

ferrari world driving course abu dhabi

Our family was not able to visit Ferrari World on our trip to Abu Dhabi, but oh how we wish we did!  If you are in the area and have the time I would definitely plan a day at Ferrari World; our family certainly will on our next trip to Abu Dhabi!

These are just a few of the top attractions to visit as a family in Abu Dhabi.  I would highly recommend the UAE for a unique family adventure trip!

 

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  • Reply Gayle | EverSimple Mom September 12, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Your pictures are beautiful and this looks like a dream trip. Maybe one day I’ll get to Ferrari world!

  • Reply Emily | The Multtasking Mom September 12, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Excellent post! I never would have thought that Ferrari would be in UAE.

  • Reply Ryan September 13, 2017 at 7:07 am

    That place is insane looking! Looks like something right out of a movie

  • Reply Elise Cohen Ho September 13, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    I would love to go on this trip. IT is all so beautiful. Perhaps it will be in my future.

  • Reply nawal September 28, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    It looks super dope! I wanna go too.

  • Reply Tasheena @ SimplyTasheena.com September 28, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    It looks like you guys had an amazing experience. I would love to take my family on a family vacation there.

  • Reply OhCarol September 29, 2017 at 5:55 am

    The place really looks lovely, thanks for sharing your experience. It really looks like you all enjoyed your trip!

  • Reply Shannon Sawicki September 29, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Looks like you guys had a great time. Your featured photo is beautiful.

  • Reply dawn September 29, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    absolutely gorgeous photographs! it looks like such a blast. i would love to go there one day with our future kids 🙂

  • Reply Jojo Hua September 29, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    You’re so lucky! Abu Dhabi is definitely one of the top places I want to visit someday. But I’ve heard it’s rather expensive – so I better start saving! The mosque looks spectacular.

  • Reply Akshay Malhotra September 29, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    The place is so beautiful! Looking at the first pic, for a moment I thought the Grand Mosque is animation. The place is so neat! Would love to visit this place 🙂 thank you for sharing your experience with us

  • Reply Dr. K. Lee Banks September 29, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    This is such a spectacular place – so elegant! My familiarity with Abu Dhabi is related to watching Formula 1 (F1) races on TV when they are there. Watching the drivers and their amazing cars zipping through the streets with the richness of Abu Dhabi all around is quite an experience – I can’t even imagine being there in person!

  • Reply Elizabeth O September 29, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Dubai is one of the famous place to visit. There’s a lot of insight there. And of I had a chance to go in dubai. I really want to visit the ferrari world.

  • Reply Ebrian Fox October 1, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Wow those photos are stunning! Wish I can visit this country soon!

  • Reply Star harford October 1, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Ferrari world looks really fun . So does riding a camel at heritage park. Ive never been to Dubai or considered taking the kids but i might now

  • Reply Lavanda Michelle October 1, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Wow wow wow, me next!! I feel like my children when someone is doing something they want to do ASAP. I certainly have that on my list for 2018 and I’m going to enjoy and take beautiful pictures like you did.

  • Reply Tatiana Sieff October 1, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Adding this to my wanderlust list right now!! You really captured some great moments in these photos – I can feel the culture (and heat!) coming through my computer screen, hehe!

  • Reply Shannon October 1, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    Looks like a interesting place to visit. You photos do a good job capturing the beauty as well as the fun you had.

  • Reply Mica October 2, 2017 at 4:00 am

    Hi Jeuelle! It’s so nice seeing you so happy with your kids in Abu Dhabi. I haven’t been there and your photos make me want to go there as well. Love this post! <3

  • Reply lexieanimetravel October 2, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Wow your photos are astonishing, I love that your kids really enjoyed their tour plus they got the chance to learn about ancient Arabic culture, that’s very nice for children at least to be aware of other countries cultural beliefs and tradition.

  • Reply Valentina October 2, 2017 at 9:54 am

    I’ve been to Abu Dhabi as a kid and it so incredible to see how much has changed! Would love to go back someday! Looks like you guys had such a great time!

  • Reply Bethany October 2, 2017 at 10:07 am

    I’d love to go on this trip! It looks amazing! I’m glad you had a good time.

  • Reply Danielle Thomson October 2, 2017 at 10:09 am

    What a beautiful place! I’ve never really thought of traveling here before but you’re changing my mind! It looked amazing and I love how the kids were able to really experience the culture!

  • Reply Luci October 3, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Such a beautiful place. This doesn’t even look really, it looks like a painting or CGI. The mosque especially doesn’t look real.

  • Reply kristal October 4, 2017 at 1:46 am

    Wow. This place is look so beautiful and I can not tell where everything really is and it look very nice.

  • Reply Stella - The Smoothie Vegetarians October 4, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Your photos are absolutely breathtaking! This tip looks like loads of fun!

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