The Leisure island - Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Yas Island is an island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It is an entertainment island and one of the biggest tourism projects in Abu Dhabi. Yas Island was named the world's leading tourism project at the World Travel Awards in November 2009. Yas Island holds the Yas Marina Circuit, which has hosted the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix since 2009. 

Development of the island began in 2006 with the aim of turning the island into a multi-purpose leisure, shopping and entertainment destination. The investment was planned as a multi-stage project that will be developed in phases till 2018.

Yas Mall is the largest mall on Yas Island and offers residents and tourists incredible shopping, dining and entertainment under one roof. As a super regional mall spread over 2.5 million square feet, Yas Mall houses over 370 international brands, 68 F&B outlets and a range of entertainment centers directly linked to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. Major entertainment facilities at Yas Mall include the 24-screen Vox Cinemas and the family-entertainment venue FunWorks. 

Yas Island fully caters to tourists, so places like Yas Beach and Yas Marina offer a variety of relaxing activities like kayaking, exploring the surrounding mangroves or indulging in water sports like jet skiing and banana boat riding. The island's luxury hotels offer amenities such as spas and yoga studios. One of the most popular pastimes here is the water taxi, which takes an hour to go round the main areas of Yas Island. Yas Island has been part of the course of the Abu Dhabi Tour and later the UAE Tour road cycling races in the UCI World Tour. 

Top Attractions and Entertainment 

Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi 

Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi is the most fun place for people of all ages. Whether it's a kid looking to spend some time in the wave pools or an adult ready to challenge the big slide, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi is truly a destination for everyone. 

  • Enjoy more than 40 rip-roaring rides and slides.
  • Must try rides here include - Dawwama, Bubble Barrel, Water Wars, Cannon Point and the Bandit Bomber. 
  • Only waterpark in the world with Pearl Diving Experience. 
  • This place is home to the region’s only 5D water adventure. 
  • The place has four one-of-a-kind rides which can be experienced here only. 

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi 

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will make your day even more exciting by giving you the chance to ride the world's fastest roller coaster. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi has some record-breaking rides and thrilling adventures. 

  • walking on the roof of Ferrari World Building Structure by opting for Roofwalk. 
  • Ride the world’s fastest roller coaster - Formula Rossa. 
  • Explore the only theme park in the world which offers Ferrari Driving experience. 
  • Take advantage of 40+ rides and attractions.  
  • Others attractions such as the recently opened Kids Arena, where all the rides are specially made for your little ones.

Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi 

Featuring kid's favorite childhood cartoon characters, Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi will surely let you relive your childhood once again. As you walk around this indoor theme park, you'll stumble upon several Warner Bros. franchises, including Looney Tunes, DC Comics, and Tom and Jerry. 

  • It is world's first ever Warner Bros. branded indoor theme park. 
  • The theme park is divided into six different lands
  • 20 different dining areas as well as 22 different places for your shopping sprees 
  • Enjoy 29 exhilarating rides, shows and attractions
  • Warner Bros. World™ Hotel Abu Dhabi which will have 156 rooms and 156 service apartments with a theme of Bugs Bunny, Superman and other products of Warner Bros. 

CLYMB™ Abu Dhabi 

Experience an adrenaline rush as you explore CLYMB Abu Dhabi, one of the leading indoor amusement parks in the UAE. Famous for offering a variety of adventure activities in a safe location, CLYMB is a must-visit while exploring Yas Island. Clymb Abu Dhabi opened in November 2019. It includes the world's tallest indoor climbing wall, at 43 meters (141 ft) tall, as well as the world's widest vertical wind tunnel, at 10 meters (33 ft) wide. 

  • Explore the world’s biggest indoor skydiving chamber
  • Climb the region’s tallest indoor rock climbing wall
  • Get free entry if you are a spectator
  • Reach easily from Yas Mall as CLYMB is directly connected to it
  • Take advantage of the many indoor adventures. 

Yas Marina Circuit 

The Yas Marina Circuit is the ultimate host of numerous F1 races. The circuit is so well built that touring it in our favourite racing car will make you spend the whole day. 

  • Get behind the wheels of Aston Martin GT4, Mercedes AMG-GTS to the Formula Yas 3000
  • If you are not interested in driving, you can also choose to sit in the passenger seat. 
  • Enjoy racing with your loved ones in well-built go-karts.
  • The circuit has 26 meeting rooms, 2 ballrooms and 18 business centres. 
  • Get a chance to drive the Formula Yas 3000 - YMC exclusive (3.0-liter V6 engine)
  • The Yas Marina Circuit is home to the Home to Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Yas Marina 

Yas Marina is the ultimate destination for all the leisure and fun. From waterside restaurants and lounges to mainland and boardwalks, this area of Yas Island is perfect if you want to spend some time at leisure.  

  • Scuba diving may be too mainstream, go for a pearl diving experience.
  • Catch the aerial view of the marina by taking the Seawings tour. 
  • Add the much required thrill to your day by availing various water adventures. 
  • Avail different restaurants and lounges for your snacks and meals. 

Yas Beach 

Yas Beach still remains one of the brightest hidden gems. The place will let you enjoy sun, sand and pristine water, all at the same time. 

  • Dive into an infinity pool and experience what real luxury feels like
  • Dine in the numerous lounges and restaurants and binge on various multi cuisine delicacies
  • Take a Kayak and explore the mangroves surrounding Yas Island
  • Rest in the beachside chalets and cabanas
  • Take part in a variety of watersports like jet skiing and banana boat riding. 

Yas Mall 

Yas Mall is Abu Dhabi’s largest shopping mall. With more than 400 outlets of different brands, the place ensures that you get whatever you're looking for. With its spectacular 20 screen cinema, Yas Mall will enhance your movie watching experience. The food court here has numerous dining options which provide you some of the most beautiful views of the dancing fountains. Whether you are planning a family trip or just want to explore something with your friends, Yas Mall is the best place to start.  

Etihad Arena 

The Etihad Arena is the best and newest attraction added to the list of prominent places in Yas Island. Sitting on the stunning waterfront of Yas Bay, the Etihad Arena is renowned for offering world-class event space and hospitality services. 

  • The place has a capacity of 18,000 standing guests
  • The Arena has 17 Luxury suites and club lounge
  • To make the experience more fun for you, the restaurant here provides “food on your seat” service. 
  • You will get to choose from various seating options including, general access, grandstand, club and VIP and the main Bowl. 

Location: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Entry Fee: Free Entry

Visiting Hours: 24 hours Open 

How to Reach 

Located at the heart of the iconic Yas Island, Yas Mall is 15 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport, 30 minutes from the Capital’s city centre and 45 minutes from Dubai with direct access from Sheikh Zayed Road and Sheikh Khalifa Highway. 

Abu Dhabi International Airport is just 15 minutes away from Yas Island, while Dubai's airport is 75 minutes away.

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