Five reasons to visit Yas Island Abu Dhabi

Yas Island Abu Dhabi
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Located on the shores of Abu Dhabi, 20 minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi and 50 minutes from Dubai, Yas Island offers holidaymakers a diverse mix of leisure and entertainment experiences.

This unique destination delights guests with a variety of world-class theme parks, myriad entertainment options, sporting facilities, shopping, dining and upmarket hotels.

Theme Parks

Ferrari World Yas Island, Abu Dhabi is home to thrilling rides, such as the world’s fastest roller coaster, Formula Rossa; family-friendly attractions, including a dedicated Family Zone; state-of-the-art simulators, live shows and seasonal events.

Located only minutes away, neighbouring Yas Waterworld Yas Island, Abu Dhabi draws inspiration from the UAE’s pearl diving heritage and offers families fun-packed adventures with more than 45 exhilarating rides, slides and attractions. A few steps away, Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi is an immersive indoor theme park that transports guests across six authentically themed lands, bringing to life childhood memories with fan-favourite DC Super Heroes such as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, alongside beloved animation characters including Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry and The Flintstones.

SeaWorld® Yas Island, Abu Dhabi is the region’s first marine life theme park and home to the Yas SeaWorld Research & Rescue Center, the first dedicated marine research, rescue, rehabilitation and return centre in the region.

Leisure activities

Yas Bay Waterfront is the ultimate day-to-night entertainment epicenter of Yas Island, with more than 20 sophisticated al fresco restaurants, cafés and bars on a pier or the waterfront plaza. There’s also a floating beach club, a colossal concert arena, luxury hotels and an entertainment zone.

Yas Marina offers fun-filled activities against the backdrop of Abu Dhabi’s Grand Prix circuit and some of the world’s biggest super yachts, while Yas Mall on Yas Island is the largest mall in Abu Dhabi offering an incredible shopping, dining and entertainment experience, including 370 international brands, a 24-screen cinema, and the family-entertainment venue Fun Works.

Ideally located between Yas Mall, CLYMB™ Yas Island, Abu Dhabi and Ferrari World Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, The Fountains features a wide array of world-class classic dining options, with views of the dancing fountains that transform into a spectacular musical water and light show at night.

With its white sands, crystal clear waters and natural mangrove surroundings, Yas Beach in Abu Dhabi is an idyllic private getaway, perfect for sun-seekers, water sport enthusiasts and families.

Get Active

CLYMB™ Yas Island, Abu Dhabi is an indoor adventure hub that’s home to two record-breaking experiences, featuring the World’s Biggest Indoor Skydiving Flight Chamber at 10 meters wide and 32 meters high and The SUMMYT™, the region’s tallest indoor climbing wall at 42 meters.

Yas Marina Circuit is home to the annual Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix where motorsport enthusiasts can also enjoy thrilling driving, drifting, drag and karting experiences. Fitness enthusiasts can likewise use the track for running, walking and cycling.

Set on the water’s edge with dramatic views of the Arabian Gulf, Yas Links Abu Dhabi is the first true links golf course in the Middle East and the new home of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. The 18-hole championship course, designed by top golf course designer Kyle Phillips, attracts experienced golfers from all over the world, while the nine-hole par-3 course and practice facilities are ideal for all abilities.

Key hotels

From comfortable family-friendly stays to five-star luxury, there is a hotel for everyone on Yas Island.

Located adjacent to Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi at Yas Island, The WB Abu Dhabi, part of Curio Collection by Hilton, is the first Warner Bros. hotel in the world and features a ‘dive-in’ movie theatre, a kids’ club and splash pad, a huge pool complex and five signature restaurants.

The five-star W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island is the only hotel in the world located on top of a Formula 1 racetrack, while, located on the waterfront’s 3km-long promenade, Hilton Abu Dhabi – Yas Island features 545-rooms and offers an exceptional array of culinary options across several dining venues. The Crowne Plaza in Abu Dhabi, meanwhile, is close to the Yas Links Abu Dhabi golf course.

The Park Inn by Radisson Abu Dhabi, Yas Island has a lagoon-style pool and stunning views of the lush Yas Links golf course and the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf while Centro Yas Island is the ideal base from which to explore the Island’s many attractions, with Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Marina promenade and the Yas theme parks all conveniently located on the doorstep of the hotel. 


Bringing world-renowned musicians, entertainers and sporting events to Yas Bay on Yas Island, Etihad Arena is the Middle East’s largest indoor multi-purpose entertainment venue.

Etihad Park Abu Dhabi is the region’s largest indoor venue and has hosted many a-list performers. During the F1 season, the venue hosts the Yasalam After-Race Concerts, the UAE’s favourite music festival.

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