From driving excursions in the sandy wilderness to the world’s largest indoor theme park on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi has a plentiful array of adrenaline-fuelled adventures. You’ll be spoilt for choice with fast and furious thrills and spills:
Formula 1 Grand Prix
The Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix (21, 22 & 23 November) at the Yas Marina Circuit is a magnet for celebrities and Middle Eastern royals. The challenging circuit hosts the only twilight race on the F1 calendar and is thrilling for drivers and spectators alike, blending awe-inspiring architecture with state-of-the-art facilities. Stay close by at the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, one of Abu Dhabi’s most luxurious addresses, and be whisked by private car to the racetrack each morning.
Desert safari and dune bashing
Take a trip to the desert to indulge in a thrilling spot of quad biking or dune bashing. Navigate bumpy trails through the sands and up 300 metre-high dunes. For something a little less nerve-wracking, a desert safari offers all the elements of a great adventure. Experience hospitality from local Bedouin communities that includes superb food and entertainment, and explore remote reaches of the desert.
Take to the tarmac like a pro
Don’t despair if you can’t make it to Abu Dhabi for the Grand Prix, take to the wheel on your very own driving experience for an unforgettable Formula 1 fix instead. Follow in the tracks of many racing heroes and tackle the experience taken on the challenging corners of the Yas Marina Circuit, the very same iconic track as the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. If you feel the need for speed, this exhilarating experience should be high on your list.
The world's biggest water park provides an unforgettable aqua adventure for all the family, with a dizzying choice of raft rides, slides, ravines and wave machines. ‘The Lost Pearl’ is Yas Waterworld’s theme and visitors follow the story of a young Emirati girl on a quest to find a legendary pearl as they make their way around the attractions, including a souk and pearl-diving exhibits. Don’t miss the 238-metre long tornado waterslide.
Ferrari WorldYas Island is home to the world’s largest indoor theme park (925,000 sq. ft), the first of its kind to be dedicated to the illustrious racing car. Climate-controlled Ferrari World is particularly welcome in the summer months as temperatures soar and don’t missFormula Rossa, the world’s fastest roller-coaster, the theme park’s star attraction. There’s also a 20-storey tower ride that duplicates the G-force felt by racing car drivers. Sit tight and prepare for the thrill of the ride!