10 things you’ll find on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi

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If you’re looking for somewhere in Abu Dhabi that will keep every member of the family happy, then we recommend Yas Island. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, sun worshipper, or a parent with young children – you’ll find something in Abu Dhabi’s premier entertainment district. It’s only 30 minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi, too! Here are 10 unmissable things on Yas Island. 

1. Yas Marina Circuit

Yas Island is home to the venue for the annual Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. But it’s much more than just a motorsport venue. It also offers a series of track day packages, including Driver Experiences, Passenger Experiences, Private Driving Tuition programmes, and Racing License Courses as well as a unique – and free – venue for both running and biking.

2. Yas Hotel, Abu Dhabi

The circuit’s centrepiece is the breathtaking Yas Hotel – a five star, luxury hotel with the distinction of being the only one in the world to straddle an F1 race track!

3. Yas Marina

Yas Marina is the centre of Abu Dhabi’s yachting community. The 227-berth marina features seven licenced restaurants and lounges that cater to all tastes and budgets, with every outlet along the waterside promenade boasting iconic views of the Yas Hotel and race track.

4. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is the world’s first Ferrari-branded theme park. The park tells the Ferrari story and features more than 20 rides – including the fastest roller-coaster in the world and the ride with the highest loop in the world. It also boasts interactive activities, exclusive shopping and authentic Italian dining experiences.

5. Yas Waterworld

Yas Waterworld spans an area of around 15 football pitches, with 43 rides, slides, and attractions – five of which are one-of-a-kind, including the 238-metre long, hydromagnetic-powered, six-person tornado waterslide. Adrenaline seekers will also find three-metre high waves at Bubble’s Barrel, which has the world’s largest surfable sheet wave for flowboards and bodyboards.

Then there’s the Bandit Bomber, the first water-coaster with onboard water and laser effects. Riders can shoot jets of water at targets, drop water bombs and trigger special effects, while people below can spray them with water as they pass.

6. Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi

If you’re a fan of DC Comics or Looney Tunes then you’ll love Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi. The theme park is split into five immersive lands: Metropolis, Gotham City, Cartoon Junction, Bedrock, and Dynamite Gulch. The theme park also includes retail outlets featuring a wide collection of merchandise inspired by Warner Bros. franchises as well as a full range of dining options from full-service sit down to ‘grab and go’.

7. Yas Links Abu Dhabi

On the western shore of Yas Island you’ll find Yas Links Abu Dhabi – an award-winning golf course, designed by Kyle Phillips, one of the world’s leading golf course architects. Voted amongst the ‘Top 10 New International Golf Courses’ by the Golf Magazine, Yas Links features a 7,450-yard par 72 course, with beautiful ocean views as a backdrop.

8. Yas Beach

Found on the island’s southern shore you’ll find Yas Island’s only beach. Open daily from 10am – 7pm, it is a great spot to relax and enjoy sun, sea, sand, food and drink. It also features a full range of watersport activities for all ages and proficiency levels.

9. Yas Mall

Yas Island also houses Abu Dhabi’s biggest (and the UAE’s second largest) shopping centre; Yas Mall. This shopping mall offers three floors of leading international and regional retail brands, with 370 stores and more than 60 indoor and outdoor restaurants and cafes. Yas Mall also offers endless entertainment, with a 20-screen state-of-the-art cinema operated by VOX Cinemas and a family entertainment zone by Fun Works, as well as direct access to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.

10. MAD on Yas Island

Let your hair down in the UAE’s biggest indoor nightclub. Over the years it has hosted the biggest names in pop and dance music – including Tinashe, Jeremih, W&W and Tinie Tempah. With 360-degree projection mapping, huge LED screens, and the latest sound technology, it’s the place to dance till you drop.

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Top 5 Activities in Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi is known as a place of unparalleled luxury.

As the capital of the United Arab Emirates, it is often called “The Arabian Jewel”, and for good reason. This former desert strip is known for its year-round blazing sunshine, and is now a glittering metropolis of opulent buildings, lush green parks and diverse multiculturalism. Abu Dhabi really is a must-visit destination for people who want an extraordinary holiday, and is home to a host of unique travel experiences that will make you want to return again and again.

Here are our top five extraordinary things to do in in Abu Dhabi:

Marvel at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.

As one of the largest in the world, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque really is an architectural masterpiece. With a capacity of 41,000 worshippers, its beautiful white and gold exterior is enhanced by the sun and it is also home to one of the largest chandeliers in the world. Visiting this mosque is a travel bucket-list experience and it is open daily for visitors, with both entry and guided tours being free of charge. If you book an Abu Dhabi City Tour with Barrhead Travel, you will not only have the chance to visit this stunning mosque, but many other interesting stops along the way.

Top Tip: Escape the afternoon heat by taking the 5pm ‘Sunset Tour’ and enjoy a cool breeze while you take photos of this exceptional work of art, transformed by nightfall and its unique lighting system.

Get your adrenaline rush at the Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

The prestigious Formula One championship is back for its ninth year from the 24th-26th November, returning to the famous Yas Marina Circuit.  The Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi is the only hotel to span the track, and the only hotel in the world that does this! There is even a driving centre and school for aspiring racing drivers. The Grand Prix is one of the most important events to hit Abu Dhabi each year, and with acts like Kendrick Lamar, Calvin Harris and Pink announced for the race-day concerts, it is set to be an extraordinary event.

Soak up the rays on Saadiyat Beach

A beach in Abu Dhabi.

Set on the pristine shoreline of Saadiyat Island, Saadiyat Beach is perfect for anyone looking for some quiet solitude away from the bustling city streets. Relax on a lounger and keep an eye out for dolphins or Hawksbill turtles in the crystal-clear water. This beach is kept perfect by a Dune Protection Zone, protecting the sandy white stretch and the wildlife that it holds so dear.

Top Tip: Take part in the yoga classes offered on Saadiyat Beach for the ultimate relaxation retreat. If you would like an activity that will get your blood pumping, take part in the eco-friendly windsurfing and sailing options on offer.

Participate in a once-in-a-lifetime Desert Safari

Camel ride in Abu Dhabi desert.

If you want to go beyond the sparkling city lights of Abu Dhabi in search of some thrills, then a Desert Safari is perfect for you. Your trip into the unknown can include dune-bashing, sand-boarding, camel trekking (all under the watch of an expert guide) and even an overnight stay for the ultimate desert adventure experience.

Top Tip: Take your trip into the desert in the evening and witness a spectacular sunset followed by a barbecue dinner around a campfire under the stars. This is one opportunity that you cannot have at home.

Cool off with a splash at Yas Waterworld

Yas Waterworld Women in Abu Dhabi.

Yas Waterworld is not your average water park and has something for everyone, from thrill-seekers to families. Experience the Dawwama, an exhilarating six-person Tornado raft ride or see the park from the skies on the Bandit Bomber, featuring water and laser effects in an interactive adventure. With 43 incredible rides, you really are spoiled for choice!

Top Tip: Stay until 10pm each Friday for DJs, lights and a Hydrojet show that needs to be seen to be believed.

Which one of these incredible attractions would you love to visit first? Book now with Barrhead Travel and discover Abu Dhabi.

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