Abu Dhabi is the perfect holiday destination. It is sunny almost all year round. The city has numerous accommodation options available that fall in different price ranges, making it easy for visitors to find one that meets their budget.
Getting around the emirate is also easy and safe due to its reliable public transportation system. You can reach and explore many of the local attractions simply by walking as well.
What’s more, Abu Dhabi is an excellent holiday destination since there are a variety of fun and exciting things to do here, and new attractions that pop up nearly every year.
Say Yes to Yas Island
Since Abu Dhabi has numerous attractions, choosing the ones to go to can pose a challenge, especially if you are here only for a few days. Fortunately, there are some places here that can give you the full tourist experience without requiring you to roam around the city.
One of these places is Yas Island.
Yas Island is Abu Dhabi’s most popular and complete tourist attraction. It is a complete leisure and entertainment hub that draws hundreds of local and foreign visitors every year.
Yas Island is the perfect destination for groups, couples, and individuals looking for a place to have fun and get some much-needed rest and relaxation.
All these are possible due to the amazing features, amenities, and offers and promotions available in Yas Island.
Things to Do in Yas Island
If it’s your first time to visit Yas Island or creating your itinerary, below are the six must-try activities you have to put on your list:
1. Satisfy your need for speed at the Yas Marina Circuit
Yas Island is home to many attractions. However, one of its most famous destinations is the Yas Marina Circuit, the official venue for the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
If you are a huge fan of Formula One, you can watch the main race or practice and qualifying rounds at the circuit if you time your visit during this racing event. You will be able to see your favourite F1 race drivers and their impressive, top-of-the-line cars.
But if your visit does not coincide with the race, don’t worry. There are other things to do here that can satisfy your need for speed.
Rent a FORMULA YAS 3000 or Aston Martin GT4 and race around the track. If you don’t want to hold the wheel, you can take the passenger seat and have a professional take you around the circuit.
If you are visiting the Yas Marina Circuit with your family, head to the Yas Kartzone and have a friendly race with them around the track.
2. Explore Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Yas Island is home to the first-ever Ferrari-themed park: Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.
This one-of-a-kind theme park has rides and features showcasing Ferrari, the famous Italian automotive brand.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi’s biggest attraction is the Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest roller coaster. The ride reaches a speed of 240 km/h in 4.9 seconds.
The Flying Aces is another must-try thrilling ride. It features the world’s highest roller coaster loop, which stands at 63 metres.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi also has other attractions suitable for the younger ones. These include the Junior Grand Prix and Bell’Italia experience, which allows kids to get behind the wheel.
Don’t forget to visit the Ferrari exhibit to see some of the brand’s most iconic automobiles.
3. Wander around Warner Bros. World
If you and your family are huge fans of Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones, and the Looney Tunes gang, then you will love spending the entire day at the Warner Bros. World.
The amusement park boasts of several rides and attractions featuring TV shows, movies, and characters made famous by Warner Bros. These include Superman 360: Battle for Metropolis, Batman: Knight Flight, Ani-Mayhem, Scooby-Doo: The Museum of Mysteries, and Tweety Wild Wickets.
Many of these rides and attractions are suitable for people of all ages, which means you and your family are sure to enjoy all of them.
Warner Bros. World also has plenty of restaurants and shopping centres, which are certainly worth a visit as well.
4. Cool off at Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi
With the warm temperatures in Abu Dhabi, cooling off at a waterpark is a must. Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi has several pools, rides, and features that will leave you feeling refreshed all day.
Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi is one of the biggest waterparks in the UAE. It has more than 40 rides, slides, and water attractions.
The waterpark’s most popular rides and slides include the Bubble’s Barrel, Rush Rider, and Bandit Bomber, the longest suspended roller coaster in the GCC area.
Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi is also home to the Cinesplash, a water cinema that gives viewers a unique, wet, and fun movie-watching experience.
5. Spend a day at Yas Beach
If you and your family are looking for something more relaxing, head to Yas Beach.
Yas Beach boasts of fine white sands and clear, calm turquoise waters. It is an excellent spot for swimming, playing water sports and activities, or simply for getting some rest and relaxation.
The resort also has a beautiful pool where you and your family can relax or take a refreshing dip.
In addition, Yas Beach has a natural mangrove area which you and your family can also explore.
The area also has restaurants and food kiosks. You can also rent a private chalet if you want to stay overnight here.
6. Shop, dine, and relax at the Yas Mall
Yas Island is also home to one of the biggest luxury malls in the UAE: the Yas Mall.
The three-storey shopping mall houses dozens of retail stores that feature international, regional, and local brands and products. It also has several movie theatres, including Vox Cinemas.
Yas Mall also has several entertainment and recreation centres, including Adventure HQ, Kidzania Abu Dhabi, Fun Works, and LEGO Pop-in and Play.
The mall also has around 90 indoor and outdoor restaurants and cafes. With the variety of dining experiences and cuisines, you and your family can have your fill of your favourite eats.
Whether you want to shop, indulge in excellent food, or let your children play and have fun, you can do all of them at Yas Mall.
If you want to try all these activities, look for Yas Island packages online to enjoy a customised holiday in Abu Dhabi’s best, most complete attraction.
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.