Travelling is a great way to rejuvenate one’s mind, body, and soul. And if you are looking for your next destination, choose Yas Island. With plenty of attractions and activities you can enjoy in this magical place, you can have a fun-filled getaway.
Yas Island is a man-made wonder and a remarkable leisure destination in Abu Dhabi that caters to all age groups. It boasts some of the greatest restaurants, most extravagant shopping arenas, beautiful beaches, and the best amusement parks in the world.
Here’s everything you should know about this holidaymakers’ paradise before planning your trip.
How to get there
Going to and around Yas Island is relatively easy.
- If you are travelling by car, pin the island’s location in your map apps.
- If you are travelling from overseas, it would be better to book your flights going to Abu Dhabi airport directly instead of Dubai airports because the Abu Dhabi International Airport is only 10 minutes away from the island. From there, you can rent a car, ride the bus or take a taxi going to your hotel, and then get ready for Yas Island.
During your stay, you can explore this magnificent island by bike. They have a bicycle sharing system that operates 24/7. You can check out the bike station touch screen kiosk for information and payments.
What to do
Yas Island offers a plethora of things to do and enjoy. Here are some of them.
1. Explore the theme parks
Yas Island allows you to experience these three different worlds in one place.
- Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi– Unleash your innermost superhero dreams at Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. This theme park offers live entertainment and exciting rides across six themed lands, including Gotham City, Metropolis, Warner Bros. Plaza, Dynamite Gulch, Bedrock, and Cartoon Junction.
- Ferrari World Abu Dhabi– This is one of the largest indoor theme parks in the world. In fact, you can see its red roof even from miles away. And as you set foot on it, your excitement will be far and beyond. It houses Flying Aces, the highest roller coaster loop in the world at 63 metres. For a more thrilling ride, take the Formula Rossa. This is the fastest roller coaster in the world, which accelerates from 0km/h to 240km/h in just 4.9 seconds. But if you are not up for rides, you can get up close and personal with the most iconic Ferrari cars. Your kids can also experience driving fun-sized Ferrari cars like pros.
- Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi– This the most impressive water park in the Middle East. It was designed and built to pay tribute to the Emirati heritage of Pearl Diving. It offers acres of splashing fun, exhilarating slides, and suspended roller coasters.
2. Unwind on Yas Beach
Surrounded by natural mangroves, crystal clear waters, and white sands, Yas Beach is the perfect place for water sports enthusiasts. Explore the waters by sailing, kayaking, or riding jet-skis. Get the tan you want by spending your day under the sun. Or you can hire a private chalet to spend a night or two with your partner away from the shore.
3. Take a flying and wall climbing adventure at CLYMB
CLYMB Abu Dhabi offers two record-breaking experiences in one place. You get to fly in the widest indoor skydiving flight chamber in the world and climb the tallest indoor wall in the region.
4. Party at MAD
MAD is the perfect place for party-goers. This club features animated LED screens, 360-degree projection mapping, and spectacular lights. It also hosts fun-themed parties, wild entertainments shows, and performances from world-class artists. And with its impressive sound technology, it will definitely excite you to throw your shoes off and show off your dancing skills.
5. Play golf at Yas Links
Do you play golf? Unleash your golfing skills at Yas Links. This championship links course offers a clubhouse, swimming pool, gym, spa, and well-lit practice ranges.
Yas Links Golf Academy can also teach you the strategies and aspects of golf. With its superb facilities and experienced trainers, you can take your golfing skill up to the next level. Who knows, you can become a participant in some golf tournaments the venue hosts.
6. Enjoy an adrenaline-pumping driving experience at Yas Marina Circuit
Test your driving skills behind a racing car at Yas Marina Circuit. You may even challenge your family and friends as you drive, drag or drift high-performance vehicles like Ferrari, Mercedes, and Aston Martin GT4 on a Formula 1 track.
7. Shop til you drop at Yas Mall
Yas Mall is Abu Dhabi’s largest mall offering superb shopping, entertainment, and dining experiences for all ages.
It has three floors featuring some world-class brands like Christian Dior Paris, Bershka, Antonio, and Aldo. Sales like “Black and White Sale” and “24-Hour Mega Sale” make this shopping place even better.
For gastronomic adventurers, you can also find all kinds of cuisines. Don’t forget to try the Emirati dishes!
Yas Mall also provides unforgettable entertainment, including the Vox Cinema with 20 screens.
8. Stroll along Yas Marina
Yas Marina offers several activities, including strolling along the dock, waterside dining, and paddling between the hidden mangroves. You can also enjoy a range of rowing and sailing activities, including learning how to row.
If you are craving for fish, dine at the Aquarium. This is an elegant restaurant that serves the freshest catch of the day.
To complete your Yas Island adventure, book a private jet charter to admire its panoramic view from the sky. Dubai to Abu Dhabi seaplane tours are available, too.
Where to stay
From family-friendly lodgings to luxury resorts, Yas Island offers a collection of hotels catering to every traveller’s needs. These include:
- W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island
- Staybridge Suites Yas Island
- Park Inn by Radisson Yas Island
- Centro Yas Island
- Crowne Plaza Yas Island
- Radisson Blu Yas Island
- Yas Island Rotana
Some of these hotels offer free access to the beach and free shuttle service to the mall and other attractions. Some also offer packages, such as the stay and kart package, stay and play package, and stay and golf package. Wherever you stay, rest assured that you will have a fun and memorable staycation experience at Yas Island.
Indeed, Yas Island is your go-to destination if you want to enjoy the best of Abu Dhabi.
Whether you are searching for a sanctuary to unwind in or a place for adventure, Yas Island caters to all ages and tastes.
Don’t forget to check if there are special discounts, offers, and promotions so you can get great deals in some of the island’s restaurants, hotels, and attractions.
Book your holiday at Yas Island now!
Karan Mahesh Chimnani is the Head of eCommerce at Yas Island Abu Dhabi, a leisure and entertainment destination like nowhere else. Surrounded by crystal clear waters and natural mangroves, Yas Island offers an incredible collection of world-leading, award-winning and record-breaking attractions, catered for everyone.