Did you know that Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates is the top family-friendly vacation destination in a recent Family Vacation Index? The Family Vacation Guide first gave every destination in their list a family-friendly index score that aggregated factors like weather, food options, hotel prices, safety, pollution, and attractions. Once the scores were in, the destinations were ranked according to their scores, and Abu Dhabi – with a score of 8.05 out of 10 – emerged as the best family vacation destination.

If you’ve ever been to Abu Dhabi, you’ll know why. There are plenty of kids’ activities in Abu Dhabi to keep the little ones (and even the not-so-little ones) entertained. Yas Island Abu Dhabi has four world-class theme parks plus one adventure hub.

Consider flying to Abu Dhabi on your next family trip, and when you do, try these activities that will surely delight your children.

Warner Bros. World Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Warner Bros. is an entertainment and media powerhouse that owns world-renowned brands like DC Comics, New Line Cinema and Cartoon Network Studios. Warner Bros. World Yas Island, Abu Dhabi is a theme park, the first-ever in the world that bears its name and draws inspiration from Warner Bros. World movies, comics and TV show characters.

Warner Bros. World Yas Island, Abu Dhabi is the world’s largest indoor theme park. It has six lands, but it will be seven soon with the addition of the Harry Potter Land, which is currently under construction.

Warner Bros. Plaza

Warner Bros. Plaza is the central park area. It is massive, with a projection of the sky in the ceiling, so you can be cool and comfortable inside yet still feel like you’re in a park outdoors. A tribute to classic Hollywood, the Warner Bros. Plaza will take you back to a bygone era of glamour and elegance, a tribute to Warner Bros.’ cinematic legacy.


Bedrock is a prehistoric-themed land. Immerse yourself in the world of your favorite cavemen, women, and children: Betty, Barney, Dusty, and Bamm-Bamm of The Rubbles and Fred, Wilma, and Pebbles of The Flintstones.

Dynamite Gulch

Dynamite Gulch transports you to the Southwest American desert. Here, you’ll find one of the theme park’s best rides. Fast and Furry-ous is an inverted roller coaster ride that will take you along as Wile E. Coyote chases after Roadrunner.

Cartoon Junction

Discover Cartoon Junction, where beloved characters like Bugs Bunny and Scooby-Doo reside. Spin ’round and ’round as you join Tom and Jerry in their shenanigans over Swiss cheese, or join Scooby-Doo and gang as they go sleuthing in the Museum of Mysteries.

Gotham City

If you know Batman, then you know Gotham City. Navigate the dark streets, join Batman on his test flight, and experience the villainy of Scarecrow and The Riddler.


The Metropolis is to Superman as Gotham is to Batman. In this futuristic city, you can experience immersive 3D, 4D, and 5D rides with Superman, Green Lantern, and the Justice League.

Trivia for Comic Buffs

According to Frank Miller, a comic book writer and artist who worked on The Dark Knight Returns in 1986 and its sequel The Dark Knight Strikes Again, Gotham is New York at night while Metropolis is New York in the daytime.

Various opinions and interpretations exist regarding the geography of these two fictional cities. In some cases, they are located far from each other. In some, they are within driving distance to, even adjacent to, each other.

One thing’s for sure, though. At Warner Bros. World, the two lands lie next to each other.

Ferrari World Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

If you’re in Abu Dhabi with children, you cannot miss Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. Make sure to visit, especially if your children are old enough to ride the fastest rollercoaster in the world, Formula Rossa. Incidentally, that would be children at least 4 feet 7 inches (140 centimeters) tall.

Don’t worry if your children are too young to get the Formula Rossa experience. There’s Formula Rossa Junior, the miniature roller coaster for miniature thrill-seekers. Other family fun attractions perfect for children include:

Turbo Tower

This vertical column ride will take you up over 44 feet before dropping you in two bounces.

Flying Wings

Flying Wings, the miniature version of the thrilling ride Flying Aces, will have you sitting on gliders.

Speedway Race

Speedway Race lets children enjoy the thrill of racing in a two-seater car designed to simulate the excitement of a real race track. The flashing lights and sounds add an extra layer of excitement, making this a captivating ride for kids.

Driving With the Champion

Children and adults alike will love Driving with the Champion. In this cinematic motion-based simulator ride, you and your children will play the role of trainee engineers driving with a virtual Formula One pro racer, tackling the twists and turns of the Ferrari private racetrack in the Italian town of Maranello.

Speed of Magic

Speed of Magic takes you on a fantastical 4D journey with Nello, the famous racer. You’ll race through stunning landscapes, dive into oceans, fly over cliffs, and speed into ice caves.

Family Vacation in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is a top vacation destination for families. On your visit, explore Warner Bros. World Yas Island, Abu Dhabi and Ferrari World Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Add Yas Waterworld Yas Island, Abu Dhabi and SeaWorld Yas Island, Abu Dhabi to the mix, and you’ll have many fun things to do with the kids.

Isabella Garcia

Joining our team as a freelancer in 2020, Isabella Garcia holds an MA in Geography from UCLA, specializing in human-environment interactions. With over 18 years of experience in travel writing and exploration, she brings a wealth of knowledge about diverse cultures and eco-friendly travel. Her work often includes tips for responsible and immersive travel experiences. Isabella balances her adventurous spirit with a love for painting and learning new languages.

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