Yas Island is a man-made island in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Yas Island can be reached by car, plane or boat.
The island’s development project was initiated in 2006 by Abu Dhabi-based Aldar Properties, with the aim of turning the island into a multi-purpose leisure, shopping and entertainment center at an estimated total cost of over $40 billion. This investment was planned as a multi-staged project to unfold in phases until 2018, with project stakeholders foreseeing the possibility of extending development by adding new venues and upgrading existing facilities.
It occupies a total land area of 2,500 ha (25 km2), of which 1,700 ha will be claimed for development. Yas Island holds the Yas Marina Circuit, which has hosted the Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix since 2009.
Both business and leisure travelers visit Yas Island. Yas Island was named the world’s leading tourism project at the World Travel Awards.
Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi
The Park’s foundation stone was laid on 3 November 2007. The development was completed in a little less than three years, opening to the public for the first time on 27 October 2010.
Formula Rossa, one of the park’s most famous attractions, is the world’s fastest roller coaster reaching a speed of 240 kph (149mph).
Restaurants and cafes
- Rosticceria Modena – Italian Restaurant
- Il Podio – International Restaurant
- Espresso Rosso – Café
- Ristorante Cavallino – Italian Restaurant
- Mamma Rossella – Italian Restaurant
Yas Waterworld Surf’s up! Bubbles’ Barrel slide has the largest surf-able sheet wave surf in the world.
Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi
Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi will be located on Yas Island near Ferrari World and Yas Waterpark and is being built by Miral Asset Management, an arm of the government. WB World would be organized into six theme lands, Gotham City, Metropolis, Cartoon Junction, Bedrock, Dynamite Gulch and Warner Bros Plaza. Gotham and Metropolis would be based on the cities of DC Comics super heroes Batman and Superman, respectively. Warner Bros.’s Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera cartoon libraries would be featured in Cartoon Junction and Dynamite Gulch except for Bedrock which features the Flintstones. Warner Bros Plaza would mimic the Hollywood of the past. The park is expected to be open in 2018, making it the world’s third Warner Bros. theme park.
SeaWorld Abu Dhabi
On December 13, 2016, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment announced a new partnership with Miral to bring SeaWorld Abu Dhabi to Yas Island. The park, which will be situated to the northeast of Ferrari World, is set to opened in 2017 and will be the first SeaWorld without orcas.
Sports and Entertainment
Yas Marina Circuit
The full circuit length is 5.554 km and can be configured in five different ways to accommodate a variety of motorsport events. Yas Marina Circuit is the only motorsports venue in the world that offers covered and shaded grandstands throughout the facility, coupled with unique pit lanes that run partially beneath the track.
Charter boats operate from Yas Marina. Flights operate to and from Dubai to Yas Marina and 20 minute Abu Dhabi tours from Yas Marina.
Yas Links is an award-winning golf course designed by Kyle Philips, ranked 24th World’s best Golf courses outside the USA (Golf Digest USA). 1.8 million cubic meters of material were dredged to form the 18 Hole Championship Golf Course, Golf Club & Golf Shop, pool Area, air-conditioned swing studio and meeting and conference rooms for corporate events.
Mangrove Tours launch daily from Yas Beach also courtesy of Noukhada Adventure Company.