Yas Island is a popular leisure island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This little magical island (25 sq. km.) is one of the top successful tourism projects in Abu Dhabi. Made with the idea of leisure, Yas Island in Abu Dhabi is a popular tourist attraction for all sorts of visitors and it is part of all our Abu Dhabi holiday packages.

But, before you plan your trip,  below is some good-to-know information about Yas Island.

A trip to Yas Island can either be combined with your Abu Dhabi holiday package or the Dubai holiday package. Or even better, you can combine all three of the destinations on a single trip. All you will need is a valid Dubai visa for Indians. The Dubai visa (also known as a UAE Visa) helps you get into all of the seven emirates of the country.

Yas Island is a 1hr 13min ride from the Dubai International airport. With a range of thrilling activities and scenic views of pristine waters and lush mangroves of the island, there are some unmissable attractions and activities on the island. There are fun and entertainment options for all kinds of age groups, from little kids to adults. The wide array of attractions also includes some world-class hotels and theme parks. If you want to take a relaxing break from the bustle of metropolis cities like Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Yas Island is a welcome change. Read further to know more about Yas Island.

Getting to Yas Island:

It is easy to reach Yas Island from both Abu Dhabi and Dubai. You can opt for land or water transport.

Rent Car/Taxi:

It takes nearly 26 min from Abu Dhabi and 1hr from Dubai via car. It is quite easy to also rent a car with International Driving Licenses or you can hire a driver.

By Bus:

An affordable option, it takes 1hr 27min from Abu Dhabi and 3hr from Dubai. Bus route no.120 will take you to Yas Island.

There are also some free shuttle bus services from both Dubai and Abu Dhabi to the island.

By Boat:

It would also be a nice way to explore the city from the sea. There are options for AC boats and luxury ferries.  

Getting around Yas Island:

The island has two central modes of transportation.

Free Shuttle Service – One thing about the Yas Island that is a huge plus is the top-notch connectivity between popular tourist attractions on the island. The Yas Express Shuttle Service connects all these attractions through a single route for free. The Blue route and the Red route transfer people all days of the week.

Bikeshare– This is a bicycle rental system that allows you to rent a bicycle with 1 or 3 days’ passes. There are several bike-share stations across the island.

Accommodation on Yas Island:

The biggest plus point about Yas Island is that it houses so many 5star hotels that you will be spoilt for accommodation choices. Some of them also provide access to Yas Beach.

  • W Abu Dhabi- A once-in-a-lifetime experience as it lies on the Yas Marina F1 circuit.
  • Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island
  • Crowne Plaza Yas Island
  • Radisson Blu Yas Island
  • Yas Island Rotana
  • Park Inn by Radisson
  • Centro Yas Island
  • WB™ Abu Dhabi- Get’s you daily access to Yas theme parks.
  • Staybridge Suites Yas Island

Tourist attractions to add to your Yas Island Holiday Package:

1. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi:

Ferrari World
Ferrari World
Image Credit: Burachet

A Ferrari-themed adventure park, housing 40+ rides and attractions. It houses the world’s fastest roller coaster- Formula Rossa. Other activities include Roofwalk, Kids Arena and Ferrari Driving Experience.

2. Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi:

Slides in Yas Waterworld
Slides in Yas Waterworld
Image Credit: Vladimir Zhoga

Get ready for some water-filled fun at the Yas Waterworld. They have 40+ fun rides and slides for kids as well as adults. You can also experience 5D water adventure and Pearl Diving here.

3. Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi:

Warner Bros. World
Warner Bros. World
Image Credit: Kazzazm

This 1st ever Warne Bros-themed park is divided into 6 different lands and has 29 thrilling rides, shows and attractions. You will stumble across your favourite cartoons hee including Looney Tunes, Tom and Jerry, etc.

4. CLYMB™ Abu Dhabi:

CLYMB Abu Dhabi
CLYMB Abu Dhabi

CLYMB is a leading indoor amusement park to experience indoor- skydiving chambers, rock climbing and other such activities. It is directly connected to Yas Mall.

5. Yas Marina Circuit:

Yas Marina Circuit
Yas Marina Circuit
Image Credit: Motor Sport Magazine

Host to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, tour the circuit to get an inside experience of an F1 race. You can also enjoy go-kart racing and passenger seat thrill here.

6. Yas Marina:

Yas Marina
Yas Marina

A perfect place to spend time by the water with waterside restaurants, lounges and a boardwalk. Experience various water adventures like scuba diving, pearl diving, etc here.

7. Yas Beach:

Yas Beach
Panoramic view of Yas Beach

This place gives you the ultimate beachside luxury. Try watersports, kayak to nearby mangroves, chill on the beach and experience the feel of luxury.

8. Yas Mall:

Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi
Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi has its largest mall on Yas Island and it is a one-stop destination for shopping, food, movies, indoor playgrounds, etc.

9. Yas Links:

Yas Links Golf Course
Yas Links Golf Course

Yas Links is the best-rated golf course in the Middle East and is the region’s first true links golf course. The course also has 112 bunkers and it serves as a breathtaking backdrop of the Arabian Sea.

10. Yas Bay Waterfront:

Yas Bay Waterfront
Yas Bay Waterfront
Image Credit: Visit Abu Dhabi

Offering top-class leisure to its visitors with 19 parks, 2 schools and 3 mosques, Yas Bay Waterfront is set to become a new residential luxury area.  

11. Etihad Park:

Etihad Park
Etihad Park
Image Credit: Mumbai News Express

Etihad Park is the largest outdoor/open-air venue that hosts several music and sporting events. Even festivals like ‘Creamfields’ and ‘Taste of Abu Dhabi’. It has a huge capacity of 35,000 people.

12. Etihad Arena:

Etihad Arena
Etihad Arena
Image Credit: Khaleej Times

The newly made arena offers world-class event space and hospitality services on the waterfronts of Yas Bay. It has a standing capacity of 18,000, luxury suites and lounges and various seating options.

13. MAD Yas Island:

Mad Nightclub, Abu Dhabi
Mad Nightclub, Abu Dhabi
Image Credit: TimeOut Abu Dhabi

Famed for being Abu Dhabi’s best nightclub, MAD Club with its latest technologies will make you dance till you drop. It is the pinnacle of the city’s nightlife and several famous artists have performed here.

These are some of the tips, transportation, accommodation and tourist spot options about Yas Island that will help you have a fun trip to the island.

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