Since moving here, we have had no shortage of activities to keep us busy. Because Abu Dhabi was new to my family and I, there were a lot of places to explore and we were eager to explore them. Unfortunately, before we bought a vehicle, we didn't have a reasonable way to get around, and it was too hot to do anything so our first few months were spent trolling around IKEA buying crap for our apartment.
Once we bought our SUV, we were able to get out a bit and with the guidance of a few people we met were able to do things like camping and hiking. Still, it wasn't until closer to the time that my Mom came to visit us in January that I started researching stuff to do on my own. There's a lot of cool stuff to do like camel races, ballooning over the desert, and dune bashing in 4-wheel drive trucks. Unfortunately, I couldn't get my act together enough to actually get us to any of these activities while my Mom was here, but since then, I've learned more about them.
There is also the nearby city of Al Ain that borders on Oman and is a nice place. Once in Oman there are great places to camp and hike. While I haven't been camping in Abu Dhabi yet, I'm looking forward to finding some good places once it cools off.