Yas Island enjoys worldwide attention every November, when it is home to all the thrills and excitement of its annual Formula 1 Grand Prix. But it is also a vibrant hub of high-tech fun, surprises and enjoyment all year round. Close to Abu Dhabi and conveniently connected to the mainland via the Yas Tunnel, the island offers a wonderful contrast between man-made thrills and the scenic beauty of the natural world. There really is something for everyone on Yas Island.
Naturally, Yas Island is a place of pilgrimage for worldwide fans of Formula 1. You can see the Yas Island Circuit – venue for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix since 2009 – which was designed by Hermann Tilke and features twenty-one twisting corners. Even when the track is quiet, you can still get your fix of high-octane excitement thanks to the Ferrari World theme park – the first of its kind – packed full of thrilling rides, activities, attractions and simulations that will keep any petrol-head entertained.
Thrills and spills of a watery kind are also in good supply on Yas Island, thanks to Waterworld and Eywoa. Established for over 20 years and specialising in wakesurfing, wakeboarding and kitesurfing, Eywoa offers the chance to learn watersports skills from expert instructors. You will be well catered for here even if you’re a complete beginner – while it’s a fantastic place for experienced riders to improve their technique and skills. Meanwhile, Waterworld offers a fun and safe world of aqua adventure for all ages.
For those who like their sport a little more sedate, the Yas Links Golf Club offers professional training sessions for beginners and experts alike – plus the opportunity to sample the island’s newest late-night activity: floodlit golf! Elsewhere the island offers plentiful shopping malls, bars, cafés and restaurants.
Yas Island regularly plays host to some of the biggest musical stars in the world – from Madonna to Linkin Park – thanks to du Arena, the largest outdoor concert venue in the Middle East. Plus, after all that man-made fun, don’t miss the stunning natural beauty of the mangroves, or enjoy gorgeous ocean views from the marina.
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