Are you a thrill-seeker? Or are you a child at heart? If the answer to all these questions is yes, then Yas Island has something to offer you.
Dubbed as the UAE’s most entertaining destination, Yas Island is home to some of the world’s top attractions and is only a 30-minute drive from downtown Abu Dhabi.
Below are 6 reasons you should visit Yas Island and make it your go-to destination for your next vacation.
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1. Have the best shopping experience ever
Because of the incredible shopping experience it offers, Yas Mall has become one of the leading shopping destinations in Abu Dhabi. Comprising three floors, which are home to major regional and international brands such as Aldo, Bershka, Antonio, Giulio Twist, and Christian Dior Paris, this mega-market has become a haven for all kinds of shopaholics.
What makes Yas Mall more interesting are sales such as the “Black and White Sale” and the “24 Hours Mega Sale”, during which more than 300 brands offer discounts of up to 90 percent.
In addition to the usual men’s and women’s clothing shops you can find there, there are also pharmaceutical and cosmetics shops. You will also find a huge Carrefour supermarket for all your food and other retail needs.
You can also have fun in the mall. For families, Vox cinema, with its 20 screens, offers unforgettable entertainment. And for those who love good food, the many restaurants offer all kinds of dishes, including Indian cuisine.
So whatever you are looking for, you will find it at Yas Mall.
The other fascinating thing about Yas Mall is that it is the only shopping mall in Abu Dhabi with its own Apple Store.
2. Explore a wide range of cuisines
If you love seafood, then you should definitely visit The Aquarium Restaurant on Yas Island. Most people who have been there claimed it is one of the few places where you will find the best seafood fare. Usually, you have to choose your fish and the way you want it cooked, then you sit on the terraces and enjoy it.
Meanwhile, the lifeline of the entertainment capital, Yas Marina Dining, allows you to dine and discover the world of food and drink. With a wide range of restaurants to suit your personal needs, Yas Marina Dining will enable you to enjoy Italian, Mediterranean, Asian, and even Indian food.
3. Discover the adventurer in you
Located in the centre of Yas Island, on the outskirts of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, CLYMB Abu Dhabi is the first custom-built indoor skydiving and climbing centre in Abu Dhabi, making it the world’s ultimate adventure centre.
Inside the centre, guests can enjoy skydiving in the world’s highest and widest flight chamber. Clymb is designed to allow flying enthusiasts to experience skydiving without jumping out of a plane or using a parachute.
The chamber’s vertical wind tunnel produces enough wind to lift you up and keep you afloat for the experience’s duration. All this is accomplished without instructors, and any risk or danger.
Clymb also houses SUMMYT, which at 43 metres high, and is the tallest indoor climbing wall in the region.
With four falls of varying difficulty, the climbing walls challenge climbers of all kinds: beginners, intermediates, and experts. In case you are not a pro at climbing and skydiving, there is a highly qualified panel of trainers ready to guide you every step of the way.
From children to professional skydivers, this adventure is not only for adrenaline junkies but is suitable for all ages.
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4. Get an adrenaline rush
Do you want to have a fun and crazy experience at the same time? Visit Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi. There are more than 40 rides, slides and many other activities to try.
The great thing about it is that there are rides for the fearful as well as the brave. For the brave, the Liwa Loop slides and the Bandit Bomber rollercoaster provides thrilling experiences not to be missed. There are also three-metre-high waves on Bubbles Barrel, which has the world’s most giant surfable sheet wave for flow boards and bodyboards.
You can also try the Formula Rossa, which is the fastest rollercoaster in the world. This rollercoaster, located at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, is the ideal experience for the less timid. If you want to take your family and friends along, they can also prepare for the double race challenge for an extra thrill in this unprecedented adventure.
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5. Unleash the kid within you
With its Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi theme park, Yas Island is the ideal place for thrill-seekers, people looking to entertain their little ones or even adults looking for a bit of kid’s time.
The park hosts characters from DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes, and others. Here you can hang out with all your comic book heroes. From Batman to The Flash to and of course Superman.
There are six “lands” that are all inside to keep you entertained and away from the searing heat. You’ll find Dynamite Gulch Square, Metropolis, Bedrock, Warner Bros Plaza, Gotham City, and Cartoon Junction.
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6. Enjoy the thrill of a ride
If you love the scream of Formula 1 cars driving at over 300 km/h in the corners of circuits and want to experience life behind the wheels, the Yas Marina Circuit is the ultimate experience to try.
Here you will experience the thrill of driving an Aston Martin GT4 or even a Mercedes or Ferrari for 20 minutes. You will be lucky enough to have a professional instructor who will help you have the best driving experience possible.
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Enjoy a Paradise of Adventure
After a trip to Yas Island, you will be sure to come back. There are gazillions of brilliant things to do here, beyond the list above.
Alongside these experiences, the authorities in Abu Dhabi have taken steps to ensure that you and all other holidaymakers are safe and healthy throughout the island.
For example, the Yas Wellness programme ensures that sanitation and hygiene standards are met throughout the island.
No wonder Yas Island is poised to become the next luxury getaway for travellers. As the summer approaches, an escape to this dynamic destination is just what you need.
So what are you waiting for? Treat yourself to an Abu Dhabi holiday package, and you’ll never regret it.
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.