An Island of Pure Entertainment

If you’re looking for a destination that has more entertainment than you could possibly desire, then Yas Island, not far from Abu Dhabi should be top of your list. The capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi has a multitude of islands and Yas is an emerging entertainment destination for adventure-seekers and fun-lovers everywhere.

The island is the location of the Yas Marina Circuit which is the location of the annual Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. If you fancy getting behind the wheel yourself, the circuit offers a number of experiences from driver tuition, race driving courses, passenger days and exclusive track day packages. For the ultimate F1 luxury experience, try the Abu Dhabi F1 Paddock Club at

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The experience can be topped off with a stay at the iconic Yas Viceroy hotel at the heart of the circuit. This 5 star accommodation is the only place in the world where you can straddle a race track and stay in a hotel that’s half on land and half built over water!

It’s not just the race track that attracts fans of all things fast and sleek. Yas Island is also home to the world’s first Ferrari theme park called Ferrari World. Learn all about the iconic luxury brand with exciting rides that offer both exhilaration and education. There’s also shopping and dining with an Italian theme of course.

For those who are happiest in the water, the island also boasts Yas Waterworld. This watery attraction is as big as 15 football pitches and contains a whopping 43 rides and slides, many of which are the only example in the world. For example, are you brave enough to try the biggest hydro-magnetic 6-person tornado slide that measures 238 metres in length?

Here you’ll also discover the world’s largest sheet wave for surfing on bodyboards and a rollercoaster with laser and water effects including water bombs, special effects and the ability to shoot targets with water jets!

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If retail therapy is in order, you’ll be pleased to know that Yas Island is home to the second biggest shopping mall in the UAE.

For those who fancy something a little more sedate, the island also features an award-winning golf course which has been voted among the top 10 new international courses in the world. Spend a day on the par 72 course designed by one of the best course architects on earth. Each of the 18 holes boasts spectacular sea views.

After all this excitement, you might feel like a day on the beach is in order. On the peaceful southern shore of the island is the only stretch of beach open daily. While it costs to enter the beach, children under 8 are free and guests of the plaza hotels receive complimentary access as part of their stay.

Author: Kei Taylor

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