Sir Bani Yas Island, Credit: Losttraveller / CC-BY-SA-3.0
Abu Dhabi is home to a vibrant plethora of islands, some of which are virtually untouched. Of the 200-plus islands that surround the city, the emirate has made only a few of them accessible to visitors.
These islands are equipped with the latest facilities and offer a variety of entertainment concepts, secluded beaches to wildlife sanctuaries. Here are a few of these sea-surrounded luxurious retreats and what each of them has to offer.
A perfect place to spend a weekend with the whole family at the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi - the world’s first and largest indoor Ferrari theme park. and Yas Waterworld. On the west coast, is the Yas Links Abu Dhabi, a championship-level golf course designed by Kyle Phillips, one of the world’s best golf course designers. The island’s only stretch of beach is on its southern shores is a great place to relax, enjoy the sun, food and drinks.
Sir Bani Yas Island
Just 20 minutes from the Abu Dhabi International Airport and seven minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island is undergoing a major transformation into world-class luxury leisure and cultural destination. The museums, resorts, upscale residences and business centres include - Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum, and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi; all designed by Pritzker prize winners.
Famous for its Hawksbill Turtle Conservation Programme, the nine-kilometre stretch of Saadiyat Beach annually plays host to several critically endangered Hawksbill turtle nests.