Things To Do In Abu Dhabi
Time to escape the reality of pandemic restrictions. There are places in the world where fully vaccinated travellers can freely go around, unrestricted and unhampered by the many constraints you might be experiencing at home. One of these places is Abu Dhabi.
If you want a fun and novel experience with your family, this is the perfect place. There are exciting things to do in Abu Dhabi for adventure-seeking families.
Easy Travel and Full Access for Fully Vaccinated Travellers
The great thing about Abu Dhabi is that fully vaccinated travellers do not need to undergo lengthy quarantines.
Visitors 16 years and older just need to get the free polymerase chain reaction or PCR test upon arrival at the airport. They can proceed to their hotel and wait just 90 minutes for the result. If the PCR test is negative, they immediately get a green pass.
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How about children below 16 years old? They get an automatic green pass without needing to offer proof of vaccination and without needing a PCR test.
And in Abu Dhabi, a green pass is everything. It means unrestricted access to all public spaces, including theme parks, adventure parks, malls, restaurants, and concert halls.
And because you won’t need to undergo quarantine in Abu Dhabi, you won’t have to waste the first 10 days of your vacation twiddling your thumbs in some hotel room. You can immediately set out to do all the fun things you have planned with your family.
Adventure-Packed Activities in Abu Dhabi
Here are some of the adventure-packed activities you can enjoy in Abu Dhabi.
1. Indoor Skydiving
You feel like you would love skydiving and are convinced you would enjoy the experience. However, you are reluctant to try jumping off an aeroplane just yet and incurring the hefty expense.
In that case, try indoor skydiving. There is an indoor adventure hub in Yas Island Abu Dhabi called CLYMB Abu Dhabi, and it offers skydiving as one of its major attractions. Not only does the place look striking because of its unique crystalline-like structure. It also has the biggest indoor skydiving flight chamber in the world.
Indoor skydiving gives you the free-falling sensation that skydivers feel when they jump out of aeroplanes in mid-flight. A flight chamber is essentially a vertical wind tunnel, and the wind’s upward movement in the tunnel creates the sensation that you’re floating on a bed of air.
With enough practice, you can become quite skilled at controlling your movements in the tunnel, creating complex flying formations with your companions or flight instructor.
Indoor skydiving is a wonderful treat for adventure-seeking families. It will let you experience the thrill of free-falling, just like outdoor skydiving would. However, everything takes place in a controlled environment, the flight chamber. This significantly reduces skydiving risks and ensures your safety.
In other words, indoor skydiving lets you experience the thrill but none of the fears of outdoor skydiving. And the excitement is not limited to adults, too, because kids as young as three may be allowed to enjoy the same free-fall experience in indoor skydiving.
Indeed, indoor skydiving is an adventure fit for the whole family. So, put indoor skydiving on your Abu Dhabi adventures bucket list and get those UAE skydiving tickets online for convenience.
2. Indoor Climbing
There is something else you can do at CLYMB Abu Dhabi. So, while you are there to skydive, better book some tickets for indoor wall climbing, too. Incidentally, this adventure hub also has the world’s tallest indoor climbing wall.
There are five wall heights to scale at CLYMB Abu Dhabi.
- The Boulder, which is 3 metres high
- The Beginner, which is 5.5 metres high
- The Intermediate, which is 10 metres high
- The Advanced, which is 22 metres high
- The Summyt, which is 42 metres high
Again, this is one adventure the whole family can enjoy together. Those with advanced wall climbing skills can conquer The Summyt, the intermediate climbers can try the intermediate walls, and budding young climbers can try the lower walls first.
And the great thing about this indoor climbing hub is the fact that the entire building is air-conditioned. You and your family will be comfortable as you hone your wall-climbing skills.
3. Ferrari Driving
And while you’re on Yas Island Abu Dhabi for indoor skydiving and indoor wall climbing, why not visit the nearby Ferrari World Abu Dhabi to sign up for the Ferrari Driving Experience?
If you are 21 years old and a holder of an international driver’s licence or a driver’s licence recognised in the UAE, you can rent a Ferrari from Ferrari World. Put the top down, buckle up and drive around Yas Island in your fabulous supercar.
Family members who do not drive may sign up for the Ferrari Passenger Experience instead.
4. Desert Driving or Riding
Since you’re in Abu Dhabi anyway, it would not make sense to skip a visit to Rub’ al Khali or the Empty Quarter. This will let you get up close and personal with sand dunes, including the world’s tallest, Tel Moreeb, which translates to Terrifying Mountain.
There are many fun-filled adventures you can try in the Empty Quarter. You can go 4×4 driving on the sand dunes. You can also try riding a fat-tyre bike, especially designed to work even when driven on shifting sand. And of course, you can also ride a camel or go horseback riding.
Make a family outing of it. You will all stand in awe of the majestic desert, and the teens in your family will surely love the unique, gram-ready background.
5. Paddleboarding, Windsurfing or Kayaking Amidst the Mangroves
Cast a wider net and venture towards the outskirts and try the delights offered by Abu Dhabi’s Mangrove National Park.
Possible adventures include stand-up paddleboarding and windsurfing. If your children are too young to paddleboard or windsurf, you can try kayaking instead.
It will be a treat for your senses whatever you and your family decide on doing. The park is the habitat of a diverse number of species, especially marine animals and birds. You and your family will love seeing the refreshing natural greenery and the herons, flamingos, dolphins and even sea cows that frequent the area.
Ready for Adventure?
If you’re ready for that long-awaited break, fly to Abu Dhabi with your family.
Try indoor skydiving, indoor wall climbing and Ferrari driving at Yas Island Abu Dhabi. Then you can go driving or riding at the Empty Quarter and paddleboarding, windsurfing or kayaking at the Mangrove National Park.