“Yas Island is a place that’s full of life. Passionate. Powerful. Alive. Where the fun never stops. Where your dreams become the everyday. Where your sense of adventure is limited only by your imagination.” Miral Asset Management
Formula One Grand Prix circuit? ✔️World’s only Ferrari inspired theme park? ✔️The UAE’s biggest water park? ✔️Abu Dhabi’s largest shopping mall? ✔️ Championship Links Golf Course? ✔️World Class music performances? ✔️ Iconic hotels and marina? ✔️Beach club with watersports and entertainment? ✔️Where am I? Yas Island in Abu Dhabi of course!
Sometimes it’s easy to forget what a fabulous place Abu Dhabi really is, then something jogs your memory and you can’t help being wowed all over again. This week I attended the brand launch of Yas Island held at Ferrari World and I was reminded that this man-made island, which offers so many unique opportunities and experiences, did not even exist ten years ago. The rapid growth and vision is quite simply astonishing, in just a few short years this naturally beautifully island has been developed into a must visit location attracting millions of visitors. Already home to many successful award-winning projects, developers are not resting on their laurels with exciting new developments already on the horizon.
Yas Marina Circuit has, without any shadow of a doubt been the Emirate’s most successful project, launching Abu Dhabi onto the world stage with the inaugural Formula 1 Etihad Airways Grand Prix back in 2009. This event alone has attracted a plethora of visitors to Yas Island over the past seven years, a world-class entertainment event filled with sporting achievements, celebrities, oodles of glamour and diverse musical performances at du Arena.
Alongside the circuit, Yas Island is home to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi with its world record-breaking roller coaster rides, Yas Waterworld that offers fun for all the family with forty-five rides, slides and attractions and shoppers paradise Yas Mall, the gargantuan retail, dining and entertainment complex. Where better to spend your leisure time than round of golf at the stunning Yas Links Golf Course followed by a spot of lunch at Yas Marina. The iconic Yas Viceroy Hotel offers visitors luxury accommodation and is the only hotel in the world to have a grand prix track running through it, alternative stylish lodging options are also available at the six hotels located at Yas Plaza.
Yas Beach provides residents and visitors with the ultimate beach day, a perfect place to relax with family and friends or get active with a choice of watersports at your disposal. An abundance of dining and nightlife options are available from in-mall dining to five-star hotel fine dining restaurants, drinks and dinner by the water at Yas Marina is certainly memorable, visit a fun mid-week ladies night and dance the weekend away at MAD nightclub.
So what’s happening in the future? Visitors to Yas Island will have noticed the various construction projects underway. If you are a fan of DC Comics and Warner. Bros cartoons you will have to contain your excitement as the Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi theme park that’s taking shape near Yas Waterworld is not due for completion until 2018. Your favourite superhero, Bugs Bunny and Scooby Doo are sure to make appearances, rumour has it there will be nineteen rides and a hotel……watch this space. To complement the array of top class leisure attractions and facilities, Yas Island will now be home to three premier residential communities, apartments and villas available to buy and rent with a choice of stunning golf course, mangrove and sea views – what an amazing place to live!
So next time you are considering your entertainment plans, compiling a visitor itinerary or just looking for somewhere to chill out, look no further than Yas Island. Relax at the spa, tee off at the golf course, exercise at the track, cruise the water on a boat tour, plunge into the pool, embrace your need for speed at a theme park or shop to you drop, Yas Island had got all your needs covered in one destination, and as the brand’s new tagline says ‘live the dream’.
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I was invited to attend the brand launch of Yas Island. All views are my own based on my experience. Unless otherwise stated, all photos on this page © Jo Brett 2016. All rights reserved. Additional information and photos used courtesy of Yas Island, individual Yas Island venues and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi
Read previous posts about Yas Island – Life’s A Beach, Pedal Power, Beginner to Winner, Get Active at Yas Marina, Be where’s it’s all Happening: Yas Mall, Dine around Yas Mall and Yas Marina Circuit Calendar 2016/17