Indoor and outdoor activities in Abu Dhabi

Nature and city activities in Abu Dhabi
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Updated 2021-11-10 12:23

There are various sports activities that expats can enjoy in Abu Dhabi. In fact, it hosts several international sporting events all year round, especially during November when people from all over the world flock to Abu Dhabi for the Formula 1 races.

Sports clubs in the city

If you are sports-minded, you do not have to go far to avail of sporting facilities. In Abu Dhabi and a short drive away, there are various sports clubs that you can avail of to play your sport of choice. These venues offer facilities, and you can play there for a reasonable price. Below are some examples:

  • Al Forsan International Sports Resorts
  • Zayed Sports City
  • Armed Forces Officers Club and Hotel
  • Al Alin Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club
  • Al Ain Sportsplex
  • Ghantoot Polo and Racing Club
  • Al Sadeem Astronomy Centre
  • Battle Park Paintballing

Outdoor activities in and outside the city

For the more outdoors type, there are activities for you as well. Find our list below to get to know more about what you can do outside in Abu Dhabi.

Go camping in the desert

If you are more of the nature type, you can always go camping in various campsites in the desert within Abu Dhabi. It is the favourite pastime of residents who enjoy the great outdoors.

Off-roading and dune bashing

For dessert and off-roading enthusiasts, various hobbyist groups go dune bashing regularly.

Swimming at the beach

The beach is an excellent venue to go swimming when the weather permits, and it is a favourite among the city's residents. Some groups also train by the beach, or you can also join triathlon races.

Enjoy cycling outdoors in Yas Marina

Get out for some fresh air and sweat as you pedal your way to fitness. The Yas Marina Circuit, home to Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, offers biking and driving experiences. There's a playground for kids and even Crossfit for Kids or let them splash around the musical fountain.

Explore the wild side at Xtreme Zone

There's a large park outside the garden area of a mall with trampolines, zip line and three-story adventure drops as well as obstacle courses for kids. This is located at Deerfields Mall, and kids will surely love this.

Explore wildlife at Sir Bani Yas Island

Off the coast of Abu Dhabi, there is a natural reserve that exists for protected animals. The Arabian Wildlife Park where 13,000 animals live covers half of the island. This conservation zone features walks, horse trekking, biking and nature drives. Animals such as cheetahs, jackals, oryx, giraffes, among others, tromp around. Both kids and animals will get a kick out of seeing animals up close.

Head over to Wadi Adventure

Excitement rules over this outdoors park for the entire family or solo visitors. Wadi Adventure is the UAE's first man-made whitewater rafting, kayaking and wakeboarding park as well as surfing. There is a large surf pool, an airpark with obstacle courses, wall climbing, a zip line and a giant swing.

No matter what age, if you crave indoor or outdoor sporting activities, Abu Dhabi surely delivers and will not disappoint.

Useful links:

Visit Abu Dhabi

Wadi Adventure

Xtreme Zone

Abu Dhabi Formula One

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