Covering 2,500 hectares of land, Yas Island is a hub built for a wide range of purposes. From luxurious shopping to thrilling adventures, there’s much to see and do on this world-famous island.
Situated in Abu Dhabi, the artificial island is a prime travel destination for families, friends, and colleagues. Between the record-breaking attractions, highly acclaimed tourist spots, and family-friendly theme parks, Yas Island makes visiting (or even living in) the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital more worthwhile.
A shopping hotspot on Yas Island, Yas Mall is heaven on Earth for fashionistas and shopaholics. This massive commercial centre houses more than 370 stores offering clothing, accessories, office supplies, and many more.
You can choose from a wide range of premium fashion brands in Yas Mall – from high-street fashion to Arabic clothing. There are also stores selling sporting goods, exotic perfumes, shoes, and everything.
On top of that, the mall has plenty of kid-friendly spots, covering anything from gaming and toys to delectable sweets. There’s even a branch of KidZania – an indoor playground chain offering innovative games and activities for children’s “edutainment.”
Do you prefer a gastronomic adventure over shopping? Yas Mall is still a great place for you to start your Yas Island tour. The shopping centre has a variety of cafes and restaurants like P.F Chang’s, Black Tap, and Al Fanar to give you the ultimate dining experience while window shopping on a lazy weekend.
2. Yas Beach
Want to beat the heat while on Yas Island? Yas Beach is a place you’ll definitely adore. With a white sandy shore and luxurious ambiance, the beach offers a serene spot where you can escape the bustles of the busy city. You can bask in the sun and enjoy awesome water-based activities like sailing, kayaking, and snorkelling.
If swimming isn’t included in your itinerary, don’t fret; you can still have fun at Yas Beach. Like many of their regular guests, you can play volleyball and other beach games or take advantage of the exclusive facilities they offer, including a beach resort, gym, restaurants, and many more.
If you’re travelling with your family, you can also try some water games, delicious food, and other leisure activities together or join the beach’s private evening tours.
3. Yas Marina Circuit
When you go to Yas Island, there’s a good chance that you’ll hear plenty of good things about Yas Marina Circuit. Considered one of the best attractions of Abu Dhabi, this Formula 1 venue is a place where racing history is made. Designed by Hermann Tilke for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, it is also considered a technological marvel and architectural wonder.
As the second Formula 1 track in the Middle East, Yas Marina Circuit hosts race cars from around the world, as well as many other races and events like:
The Yas V8 400
Abu Dhabi Tour cycle race
The Australian V8 Supercars series
During the track’s off-season, you can also try exclusive driving experiences and tours that will surely make your Yas Island trip one of a kind.
4. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Besides the Yas Marina Circuit, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is another major reason Yas Island attracts many motorsports and car enthusiasts every year. Home to the world’s fastest roller coaster, the theme park caters to thrill-seekers of any age and experience level. It even has child-friendly versions of some of its famous rides.
As the only Ferrari-branded theme park in the region, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi continues to innovate, offering a new kind of thrill every season. Besides speedy rides that go as fast as 240 kilometres per hour, they also have gravity-defying attractions and once-in-a-lifetime Ferrari car driving experiences. All in all, there’s not much more to ask for in terms of adventure when you’re in Ferrari World.
5. Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi
Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi is another amusement park on Yas Island that attracts millions of visitors annually. The most recent addition to the island’s major parks, Warner Bros. World offers something every kid (and kid-at-heart) dreams about. After all, where else could you see Bugs Bunny, Scooby-Doo, Batman, and Superman in a single trip?
Located close to Yas Waterworld, this Warner Bros.-themed park is divided into six “lands” – each featuring an iconic fictional world where cartoon characters, villains, and superheroes roam. Spend some time with your favourite Warner Bros. characters and rekindle the joy of childhood with your family on Warner Bros. World. You and your children will have a lot more fun in this park than anywhere else in Abu Dhabi.
Another member of the “big three” Yas Island theme park, Yas Waterworld, has more than 40 rides, slides, and attractions designed for people of all ages. Whether you’re looking for a record-breaking water slide or a safe and fun playground for toddlers, there’s something for you here.
The theme park follows a traditional Emirati story: “The Legend of the Lost Pearl.” Some attractions are even named after the story’s characters, representing parts of the UAE’s culture and history.
Some of the most sought-after Yas Waterworld attractions include:
Looking for a different extreme adventure on Yas Island? Perhaps you would like to visit CLYMB™ Abu Dhabi – the ultimate adventure hub you will surely fall for. CLYMB™ is another destination that makes Yas Island a truly remarkable place. It has not just one but two record-breaking attractions: the world’s largest indoor skydiving flight chamber and the tallest indoor climbing wall in the Middle East.
The adventure hub makes the unfathomable a reality with its 10-metre-wide and 25-metre-high indoor flight chamber that will make you feel like a bird, taking to the skies. On top of that, it also houses The SUMMYT – a climbing wall as tall as a 12-storey building.
Although it houses more extreme versions of already-thrilling activities, CLYMB™ still caters to children as young as three. This makes it another destination that caters to families visiting Yas Island.
Yas Island is one of the best examples of a well-established multi-purpose destination. With so many things to do there, you should ensure you get the most from your trip. Start planning a vacation you’ll never forget with the places listed here.
Gulshan Bafna is one of the luxury travelers in India. He, along with his wife, has traveled to many exotic places that one could dream. With their travel journey, they bring us the best face of those places. He compiles all of his travel journeys to give the taste of traveling to his readers. In his writing, he jots down the best things to do in all those places that he has visited. Reading these would help one know better about the place. He is also a seeker who loves exploring and discovering new places and share his experiences with everyone.