8 reasons why Yas Island in Abu Dhabi must be on your 2022 bucket list!

The UAE’s up and coming leisure capital, Yas Island, is here to show you a good time in more exciting ways than one.

One of the world’s fastest growing leisure and entertainment destinations, Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island has something for everyone. From first-class theme parks to glitzy shopping arenas and abundant sunshine for the perfect beach day out, the family-friendly UAE destination has it all. We give you eight ways your time at Yas Island is spent creating endless memories and a vacation of a lifetime.

8 reasons to explore Yas Island in Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World

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Live the ultimate Ferrari dream! Image: Shutterstock/Burachet.

Located in the heart of the island, the award-winning Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is one-of-a-kind theme park ideal for motorheads. Celebrating the spirit of the legendary namesake sports brand, it is home to 43 thrilling rides, family-friendly attractions, state-of-the-art simulators, spectacular live shows, and popular seasonal festivities that showcase extraordinary performances from around the globe. Try Karting Academy, Ferrari World’s stand-out attraction where electric go-karts that reach 50 miles per hour can be raced around an indoor track. The epic Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest roller caster here, can go from zero to 149 miles per hour in five seconds. 

Yas Waterworld

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Slither Slides at Yas Waterworld. Image: Shutterstock/Vladimir Zhoga.

This high-impact waterpark has four ‘thrill levels’ with the super steep vertical slide Jebel Drop and the just-as-scary Liwa Loop. topping the list. Yas Waterworld is also home to easy-going splash pools and toddler-geared slides, making it the perfect family getaway. Expect fun-packed water adventures, engaging themed experiences, seasonal events, and more.

Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi

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The first ever Warner Bros. themed-park. Image: Courtesy Yas Island Abu Dhabi.

The superheroes from the DC Universe to Looney Tunes characters live together at the newest entrant into the Yas Island world. The indoor theme park of Warner Bros. is divided into six immersive lands including Warner Bros. Plaza, DC Entertainment’s Metropolis and Gotham City, as well as Warner Bros. Animation’s Cartoon Junction, Bedrock, and Dynamite Gulch. Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi also features 29 state-of-the-art exhilarating rides, interactive interactions, and live entertainment.

CLYMB™ Abu Dhabi

Challenge gravity at the skydiving chamber, clymb™ abu dhabi | yas island
Challenge gravity at the skydiving chamber. Image: Courtesy CLYMB Abu Dhabi.

CLYMB™ Abu Dhabi, the ultimate adventure hub offers mind-blowing skydiving and climbing experiences for both experienced travellers and beginners of age three and above. Whether conquering a new flying position or tackling the highest wall, CLYMB Abu Dhabi’s instructors guide the guests at every step, and help them progress to the next level. Make sure to check out its record-breaking attractions like the Indoor Skydiving Flight Chamber, The SUMMYT, and more.

Yas Marina Circuit

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Yas Marina Circuit is a multi-purpose venue with endless experiences on offer. Image: Shutterstock/malangusha.

The iconic Yas Marina Circuit hosts Formula One: Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the legendary final race, followed by the Middle East’s biggest, flashiest party! In addition to the extensive year-round programme of professional and grassroots motorsport events, the multi-purpose venue is home to many experiences: karting at Yas Kartzone, driving an Aston Martin GT4 on the F1® circuit, sweating it out at TrainYas, and more. Awarded a Five Gold Anchor rating from The Global Marina Accreditation, Yas Marina is one of UAE’s finest, featuring vibrant venues offering luxury dining, stay, fitness, and leisure facilities. Situated on Yas Island, the wet-berth marina with a capacity for 227 vessels, as well as dry-berth facilities for an additional 93 boats, features licensed restaurants, bars and lounges, which cater to all tastes and budgets.


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MAD is the perfect place to let your hair down here! Image: Courtesy Yas Island Abu Dhabi.

If you didn’t dance the night away at MAD, you didn’t really experience the true vibrant side of Yas Island. The UAE’s biggest indoor night club features 360-degree projection mapping, animated LED screens, wild entertainment shows, and fun-themed parties. The world-class artist line-up here is a serious crowd-puller, so you will witness glamorous party-goers spilling in every night.

Yas Mall

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Shop till you drop at Yas Mall. Image: Shutterstock/M7kk.

Nothing beats going on a shopping spree at Yas Mall, the Emirates’ biggest shopping centre where flash sales are perfectly timed with national holidays, throwing locals and tourists in a frenzy alike. The light-drenched three-level has over 400 stores and and a luxe 20-screen VOX cinema outpost. Add to it the play areas for kids and over 60 restaurants plating global cuisines, making it just the right place to spend the day with family.

Yas Beach

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The sprawling Yas Beach. Image: Courtesy Yas Island Abu Dhabi.

White sand stretches, crystal clear waters, and natural mangroves surround Yas Beach from all sides. The idyllic getaway is perfect for watersport junkies, offering a myriad of adventures including banana-boat rides, jet-skiing and the adrenalin-spiking fly-boarding. Laze on a sun lounger to soak up some rays, savour delicious bites, take a kayak ride to meander through the mangroves, and end your day with a tropical cocktail in one of the cabanas as the DJ turns the whole place into a beach-club!

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