Abu Dhabi has emerged as a well-known travel destination for those seeking vacations in the Middle East. As the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi has undergone a rather swift transformation from an ancient fishing village to a world-class metropolis. Often described as the less flamboyant sibling of Dubai, it is also home to world-class amusement parks that feature some of the world’s record breaking rides and slides. Read on to know about the amazing amusement parks across Abu Dhabi.
Located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, the Ferrari World is an indoor theme park; the first and only Ferrari-branded park in the world. This huge theme park will leave you with unforgettable experiences as you hop from one Ferrari-themed ride to the other. Its iconic red roof has high-adrenaline rides, including the world’s highest rollercoaster loop Flying Aces and the world’s fastest rollercoaster Formula Rossa! Travellers can also enjoy family friendly rides and interactive challenges, an exhaustive tour of a Ferrari factory, and more. After enjoying the rides, one may shop at its Ferrari store and dine at authentic Italian restaurants including Mamma Rossella and Ristorante Cavallino.
The Yas Waterworld is another spectacular and world-famous amusement park that attracts a large number of tourists visiting Abu Dhabi. Located on the Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, this water park is spread over a massive area and offers around 43 rides, numerous slides, and several other attractions. There are plenty of opportunities for shopping and dining as well. Collect lifetime memories riding its high-adrenaline attractions, including the largest hydromagnetic-powered, six-person tornado waterslide in the world. It is said to be more than 235 metres long! Challenge high waves on Bubble’s Barrel, which is billed as the largest surfable wave for flowboards and bodyboards in the world. Also get thrilled at the Bandit Bomber; a 550–metre coaster with laser effects.
Murjan Splash Park
The Murjan Splash Park is located at the Khalifa Park in Abu Dhabi. This water park is particularly suitable for the little ones and is decked with around 7 water-based attractions including tube rides, trampolines, slides, and water fights. The main attraction of this park is the ‘Water Play Structure’, which is a shallow pool area housing small waterslides, large tipping bucket, crawl tunnel, small tipping buckets, and water wheel. Kids can float atop the park’s 257 metre long and 0.6 metre deep ‘lazy river’ or have amazing adventures at the ‘Water Balloon Wars’. Murjan houses good eating joints and on-site facilities.
Hili Fun City
Hili Fun City is located at Al Ain in Abu Dhabi and is said to be the first amusement park to be built in the UAE. Since its inception in 1985, it has undergone massive changes and today boasts of over 30 attractions, including thrilling rides and adventures that have been built according to international standards. Travellers will find this to be more of a traditional family attraction, which has something for everybody. There are gentle slides for small kids and roller coasters for the older ones. The park also hosts live shows, shops, and specified barbeque areas and restaurants for dining.
The Wadi Adventure is not exactly an amusement or water park, but nonetheless is a must-visit man-made attraction for adventure lovers. The Wadi Adventure is located in Al Ain in Abu Dhabi and is a great place to enjoy white water rafting, kayaking, and surfing. There are three white water rafting and kayaking runs with international standard features, one surf pool that creates 3.3 metre high waves, one rope course, climbing wall, and zip line. Travellers can also take relaxing dips at its separate adult and toddler swimming pools. The place has some fine dine and shopping outlets as well.