Explore the Islands of Abu Dhabi
Nearly 200 virgin, exotic islands surround the land of Abu Dhabi, many of which are open to visitors. These islands, like a pearl shining upon the ocean, offer a variety of attractions, entertainment, untouched beaches and wildlife sanctuaries. On your next visit, get a glimpse of these magnetic attractions that will touch your heart all over again.
Say Yes to Yas Island! If sports fever hovers at high temperatures, your next destination should be Yas Island, a 30-minute drive from Abu Dhabi. This island annually hosts the F1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at its latest Yas Marina Circuit, an advanced Formula One circuit that could put the latest technologies to shame. Get to know the Circuit and experience the adrenaline rush more closely by booking a room at the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, a memorable 5-star hotel in Abu Dhabi. There are attractions as well that deserve the same treatment such as Ferrari World- the world’s first Ferrari theme park, Yas Marina and Yacht Club- a traditional yachting club and Yas Links Abu Dhabi- an award-winning golf course.
Saadiyat Island, a beautiful natural island, is being developed as one of the most fascinating entertainment, cultural and residential hubs that could redefine the skyline of UAE in the coming years. A few of the prized attractions on the island include Pritzker prize winner designed- Zayed National Museum, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat- an interactive museum that will bring to life the story of Saadiyat and explain the vision behind development on the island. Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and exclusive Monte Carlo Beach Club add a luxurious touch and lavishness to the island. But the tourism authority have not forgotten the island’s original residents- the endangered Hawkbill turtles who nestle on Saadiyat’s nine kilometre beach.
Sir Bani Yas Island
Sir Bani Yas Island tips in favour of nature as one of the largest natural islands in UAE and home to the Arabian Wildlife Park. Thousands of desert and exotic animals roam the land freely, particularly endangered species like Arabian Oryx, gazelles and giraffes along with cheetahs and hyenas. Visitors can now get an intimate look of these animals from recycled platforms and zero emission buses. The island has recently unearthed a Christian monastery dating back to 600 AD, offering a complete, all rounded tourist experience.
Delma Island still likes to revel in its old past than be bombarded by modern-day materialism. Its maritime heritage is strongly visible at the harbour and as one of the oldest permanent settlements in the UAE, it is an interesting site to discover.
Al Futaisi Island
A small island, accessible from Bateen Marina, Al Futaisi Island is mostly a virgin island dotted with shrubs, rocks and free roaming gazelles. It’s geological history catches the eyes after the recent discovery of ancient water catchments. It is home to the Al Futaisi Golf and Country Club, famous for outdoor activities like volleyball, jet skiing and fishing trips.