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Abu Dhabi is a child-friendly place. Babies and young children are welcomed and generally are well catered for. Apart from a few restaurants in the city most restaurants welcome children.
Activities for families and children include:
The sun can be very hot, so remember to use sunscreen and hats. Loose clothing with long sleeves is also recommended to avoid sunburn. All-in-one lycra surf suits are ideal for children at the beach. Ensure children keep drinking water and do not get dehydrated. It's best not to spend more than one or two hours at the beach.
Adult supervision is strongly recommended at all times. Many of the grassed recreation areas around Abu Dhabi are not fenced and unsupervised children can easily wander into the road.
It is not unusual to see young children standing up in cars and even sitting in the front or on the lap of an adult. Unfortunately there is little regard to child safety in vehicles.
Child seats and booster cushions are not available in 'normal' taxis (meaning those that are flagged down for hire). It is possible to buy these while in the city, but it is probably easier and cheaper to bring your own. However, also bear in mind that seat belts often don't work in the back of normal taxis. If you book limousine taxis with companies such as Al Ghazal you can request a child seat. Car hire companies have a limited selection of child seating available.