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6 fantastic things to do in the great outdoors in Abu Dhabi


If you’re still looking for fun stuff to do with the entire family, then look no further than our fabulous 2021 list. 

Go wild in the country



Al Wathba Wetland Reserve is open once again. Wildlife lovers can now head to the wetlands to discover Abu Dhabi’s birds, reptiles and plant life and all for free. The reserve is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays every week, from 8 am until 6pm, with the latest entry time at 4pm.

For more information, visit Al Wathba Reserve


Park life



Staying with wildlife, head to Jubail Mangrove Park, walk the boardwalk and marvel at semi-aquatic mangrove forests that bridge life between land and sea. You’ll feel as if you are far away from city life yet in reality it’s just minutes away from Abu Dhabi city centre.

For more information and to book, visit


Future vision



Staying on Jubail Island, get your little ones in drawing the future of the UAE at ‘The Seed’ art installation on Jubail Island, Abu Dhabi.Children are being welcomed to decorate a collection of 20cm square blocks that will be stacked to produce a colourful wall of art.

To book tickets, visit


The future beckons



If you can’t get enough of Jubail Island, you can now visit the centerpiece of the UAE’s official 49th National Day, ‘The Seed’, which is now an art installation named for the public to enjoy amid the mangroves from until January 30.

For more information, visit


On ya bike



Head to Al Hudayriat Leisure and Entertainment District, which is arguably one of the top places in the city for cycling. You can choose between the 5km and 10km tracks depending on how much your legs can manage. The surroundings will probably take your mind off any saddle soreness.

For more information, visit

Green lung



Almost 40-years-old, and once known as Mushrif Park, Umm Al Emarat is now one of Abu Dhabi’s finest amenities. The park is choc-full of family-oriented features, from the children’s garden to the 1,000-seater amphitheater, and now BOUNCE is even there. Great Lawn, and Shade House, to name a few. For more information, visit

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