Even the fussiest teens will be entertained in Abu Dhabi. A dazzling metropolis with cavernous shopping malls, spine-tingling theme parks and action-packed sporting arenas, the city offers so much for younger visitors. Discover these exciting things to do with teenagers in Abu Dhabi on your next family escape.
Abu Dhabi Corniche
Spanning an incredible 8km, Abu Dhabi Corniche is a glorious waterfront stretch offering fun activities sure to keep teens amused. There’s a pristine beach with water sports facilities, a skatepark and plentiful cafes, restaurants and ice cream parlours. Abu Dhabi Corniche is best explored by bike, so saddle up and tour the promenade’s cycle paths together.
Zayed Sports City
An entire neighbourhood dedicated to sporting pursuits, Zayed Sports City has everything budding athletes could ask for. Home to football pitches, tennis courts, bowling alleys and an ice rink, it’s Abu Dhabi’s number one place to watch and take part in sporting activities. Teenagers will love paintballing, trying their hand at aikido or attending the ZSC Academy Sports Camp.
Al Ain Zoo
Let adventurous teenagers go wild at Abu Dhabi’s Al Ain Zoo. Home to over 4,000 animal species, it’s a wonderful place to get up and personal with amazing wildlife in spacious enclosures that resemble their natural habitats. See lions and leopards prowl, spot snakes slithering in the reptile house and take in the parrot show. Al Ain Zoo also offers immersive experiences like camel rides and penguin feeding, perfect for hands-on teens.
Shopping malls are always magnets for teens, and the gargantuan Marina Mall is no exception. They’ll get their kicks shopping in their favourite stores like Topshop and Diesel, before grabbing a Shake Shack burger. With a Cineplex, bowling alley, ice rink and arcade games aplenty, Marina Mall is easily one of the top things to do with teenagers in Abu Dhabi.
Teenagers can step into Abu Dhabi’s fascinating past at Heritage Village. Located on the stunning Corniche Road near Marina Mall, this time-capsule spot is a beautiful reconstruction of a traditional oasis village. Set in verdant gardens, there’s a Bedouin souk, mosque and workshops where local craftspeople share their weaving and pottery skills.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Set on the thrilling pleasure isle of Yas Island, Ferrari World is an amusement park paradise devoted to the Italian supercar. From go kart racing to G-force rollercoasters and Ferrari simulators, there are plenty of pulse-raising rides and activities to enjoy. Teens will delight in polishing up their racing skills at the Karting Academy and tucking into traditional pizza at Mamma Rossella.
Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi
Daredevil drops. Slip-sliding tube rides. Rip-roaring rapids. Yas Waterworld has aquatic adventures galore. Surf’s up at Bubble Barrel, the world’s largest surfing sheet wave, while the adrenaline-pumping Jebel’s Drop is a monstrously steep slide with a view. With a pearl diving experience, tasty dining options and cool souvenir shops, Yas Waterworld makes the perfect family day out.
Where to stay
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers offers a luxurious city escape, for a taste of island life visit Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort (from 11 November) or try a spa retreat at the Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort, expected to welcome guests from September 2018.