Leisure activities in Abu Dhabi for solo, with friends or with family

Things to do in Abu Dhabi alone, with friends or with family
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Updated 2021-11-10 12:31

Living in Abu Dhabi can be fulfilling and fun no matter what type of expat you're living alone, with family or with your partner. Depending on what kind of leisure and entertainment you are looking for, Abu Dhabi has everything.

For solo expats

Explore the fantastic Louvre Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi is one of the city's cultural gems. It has valuable art pieces that depict the history of civilization and exhibits modern art too. Plan a day here and enjoy immersing yourself in culture as you forget the world outside.

Grab a cappuccino with gold flakes at the Emirates Palace Hotel

If you fancy a quiet time away from the city, you can always head to the Emirates Palace Hotel. Write, people watch or muse at tourists that flock to the hotel all year round as you enjoy your cup of coffee.

Enjoy the view from the breakwater while you sit on a bench

The breakwater is a favourite spot among Abu Dhabi residents because of the amazing view of the city. Grab a spot and breathe in clean air as you take in all of Abu Dhabi's beautiful skyline.

Enjoy a meal al fresco

When it's not summer, and the weather is cool, enjoy a meal or coffee outside in many of Abu Dhabi's restaurants and cafes that allow you to do so. Tables are usually lined up outside where diners can enjoy their meal and the weather before the harsh summer sets in.

Take a short road trip to Dubai

Abu Dhabi and Dubai are not too far away from each other. In fact, some residents commute daily between two cities because of the short drive. On weekends, you can rent a car or hop into your own to drive to the nearby Emirate.

Abu Dhabi with friends and family

For those who would want to experience Abu Dhabi in groups, there are also countless activities for everyone.

Enjoy a day at Yas Island to experience its amusement parks

Yas Island is a short drive from the city centre and is a popular destination for residents and tourists who like to go to amusement parks. It is also home to the world-famous Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and residents enjoy a hefty discount all year round.

Spend a day at Al Forsan Sports Complex

If you are the sporty and adventurous type, bring your friends to Al Forsan for some go-karting, target shooting or paintball sessions. For a fee, you get to enjoy all these activities and more. Everyone is guaranteed to have a fantastic time.

Get some retail therapy at Yas Mall

Yas Mall is a massive shopping complex of various shops and dining options. It is also home to big flagship stores and amusement centres for children. This guarantees that everyone in the group will have a grand time while shopaholics can shop. The mall is also adjacent to Ferrari World, which makes it very convenient for those who want to spend a few hours at the indoor amusement park.

Go on a food trip in the city

There are a lot of gastronomical gems in the city and residents know this. Discover old and new places with your family and friends while you enjoy the cuisines Abu Dhabi has to offer.

Invite friends and family for a picnic at the park

Abu Dhabi invests a lot in its parks to provide shade and greenery to its residents. On weekends, you can pick a nice park and gather with family and friends for a picnic or chit chat as the kids play. This is a favorite pastime among family and friends in Abu Dhabi.

Useful links:

Timeout Abu Dhabi

Visit Abu Dhabi

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