Begin your adventure in the UAE capital at Yas Island’s theme parks – promising something for every member of the family
Only in Yas Island can you shoot towards the skies, race on solid ground like your favourite Formula One star, zip through record-breaking slides that land right into a pool and meet your favourite cartoon characters, all without leaving the destination. This buzzing island is home to three award-winning theme parks – Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld and Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi – where everyone from families with tots to adventure seekers are promised a memorable experience. But if you’re not sure where to begin, this guide to the best play zones, dining options and entertainment avenues will help you plan your visit.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
This iconic indoor theme park boasts 37 record-breaking attractions. Thrill seekers can enjoy rides that emulate hair-raising zero gravity while the little ones can make the most of the scaled-down Ferrari-themed sports car experiences on offer.
JUNIORS Begin at Nello’s Adventureland, a soft play area created especially for younger visitors. Top it off with a trip to Officers Food Quarters, where an extensive selection of burgers, pizzas, salads and sandwiches is on offer.
THRILL SEEKERS Ride the fastest roller coaster in the world, Formula Rossa, which can reach speeds of up to 240 kilometres per hour in just 4.9 seconds. The adrenaline rush is sure to leave you feeling peckish, so visit Il Podio for its food stations and live grills serving everything from Arabic to Indian cuisine.
FAMILIES Get on board Tyre Twist and prepare to slide and collide with fellow riders. Based on the teacup ride concept, each giant F1-inspired tyre accommodates up to five people and rotates at high speeds. Refuel with a visit to the award-winning trattoria, Mama Rosella, for delicious pastas and pizzas. Draw your visit to a close with a live show that sees street performers take to the stage at La Piazza.
Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi
Experience 29 state-of-the-art exhilarating rides, interactive family-friendly attractions and unique entertainment with 35 live characters across six truly immersive lands.
JUNIORS Climb aboard iconic cartoon vehicles at Cartoon Junction Carousel and hang out with your favourite characters from Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera. Pick up a sweet treat at Penelope Pitstop Cotton Candy – think pink fluffy clouds of sugar and more. The interactive live show, Meet Bugs! (And Daffy), sees you taking on the role of your favourite Looney Tunes character to help Bugs Bunny get ready for his performance.
THRILL SEEKERS Heart-stopping movements and tricky contraptions make up The Riddler Revolution – an experience designed by the DC Super-Villain himself. Bronto Burgers and Ribs in Bedrock is sure to satiate your appetite with scrumptious burgers, slabs of ribs and more. If you’re brave enough to attend The Joker Surprise Party hosted by Harley Quinn, get ready to become the DC Super-Villain’s muse as he tests out his latest contraption during this live show.
FAMILIES Hop on The Mystery Machine with your favourite mystery-solving gang at Scooby-Doo! The Museum of Mysteries. Follow them through secret passageways and eerie corridors as they split up to look for clues. Your favourite Warner Bros. Animation and DC Super Heroes are sure to drop by your table while you dine at The Starlight Restaurant. Watch ACME Beats – an immersive entertainment experience that combines action, comedy, music and more.
You haven’t been to a water park until you have been to Yas Waterworld. Boasting 45 rides, slides and attractions, Yas Waterworld is an iconic destination that needs to be seen to be believed.
JUNIORS Hit Tot’s Playground with your little ones – the perfect spot for parents to relax while the kids enjoy the infant pool and slides. Cool off in between the thrills with some ice cream at Dhabi’s Ice Cream, offering an unlimited range of delectable toppings.
THRILL SEEKERS If you want more than just a slide, try Liwa Loop, the high-intensity looping water slide that sees you dropping straight into a pool. Enjoy everything from fried chicken and pizza to noodles and daal at Chubby’s Kitchen. Step back in time to explore the UAE’s pearl diving days as experts teach you how to dive and collect oysters with pearls inside.
FAMILIES The serpentine Slither’s Slide sees you zipping through a maze of tunnels before shooting out of a giant-fanged snake. Make a stop at Dana’s Diner, the station for the best barbecues, burgers, sandwiches and salads.