It’s easy to travel through the UAE with children. Many top-end hotels and some midrange ones have kids clubs, pools and playgrounds. There are plenty of beaches, parks, playgrounds and activity centres (many in shopping malls) to keep kids amused; many restaurants have children’s menus and high chairs. Formula is readily available in pharmacies, and disposable nappies at grocery stores and supermarkets. Malls have excellent nappy-changing and baby-feeding facilities.

High kerbs on pavements can hinder pushchair use though pavements are sloped at traffic light intersections in city centres, and there are also pedestrian underpasses with ramps as well as stairs in built-up centres like downtown Abu Dhabi to aid with access.

Cooling Off

Wadi Adventure Al Ain's massive water park has rides, slides and watery fun for both teens and tots.

Aquaventure Waterpark Home to the world's longest water slide, there's enough here for kids of all ages.

Yas Waterworld The pools and slides here are good for younger kids.

Dreamland Aqua Park A bit long in the tooth but younger teens and little ones will still find enough to keep them busy.

Indoor Fun

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Thrills and spills for all ages with nearly all of the theme park enclosed.

Green Planet The tropics brought indoors with sloths, toucans and a bat cave.

Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi A completely enclosed theme park with rides based on cartoon favourites and DC Comics characters.

Bounce Indoor trampoline park in Dubai. Also in Abu Dhabi.

The Zone Teen-only space with movie lounge and DJ sets.

Virtual Reality Park Sightseeing without stepping outside the mall.

Hub Zero Ground zero for gamers. Great for older kids and teens.

Great Outdoors for Kids

Absolute Adventure The main Dibba hikes this company runs are suitable for active kids as young as eight.

Noukhada Adventure Company These kayaking tours in Abu Dhabi's mangroves are great for families.

Kite Beach Centre Kitesurfing lessons plus kayak and SUP-board rental and a great beach with hammocks.

Jebel Jais Flight Zip Line For older teens (more than 122cm tall) this is the UAE's ultimate adrenaline buzz.

Challenging Adventure Family-focused kayaking around Ras Al Khaimah's mangroves.

Nature Encounters

Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital Close-up encounters with birds of prey.

Al Ain Zoo A fantastic wildlife experience for kids of all ages.

Al Noor Island The butterfly house here will thrill younger kids.

Al Hefaiyah Mountain Conservation Centre Encounter the animals that inhabit the mountains of the Gulf.