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World class attractions
by Manjula Ramakrishnan May 03, 2013
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Abu Dhabi is a unique destination marked as a `must visit’ on the travel itinerary of any avid tourist. Adding sizzle to the steak is Yas Island, a brilliant leisure and entertainment offering with world-class infrastructure and meeting facilities that complement the wholesome Abu Dhabi experience.

Says Karim El Guanaini, Vice President of Marketing, Destination Management, Yas Island: “Yas Island is a leisure and entertainment destination, already blessed with a number of world class attractions including Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Links golf course, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Marina and Yas Waterworld. With trends nowadays focusing on both business and leisure, Yas Island is positioned as a major contender, meeting the needs of this market. With such a multilayered offering, corporate groups recognise they can fulfill all their needs in one destination, with meeting and event facilities, leisure, entertainment as well as accommodation all within a 5 km radius.”

“Abu Dhabi has a determined focus on driving its business tourism, providing a layered selection of offerings to enhance its overall positioning as a unique destination.  The majority of our visitors come for weekend and day trips, however we also have a variety of visitors who visit the Island for extended business initiatives. Located just 25 minutes from Abu Dhabi, 7 minutes from the Abu Dhabi International Airport and only 45 minutes from Dubai, Yas Island provides strategic access to visitors within the UAE as well as the region beyond.”

Ideal for weekend getaways, romantic holidays, family fun, adventure or corporate gatherings, Yas Island with its exciting offerings holds immense potential and promise, all within a single destination.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is home to a priceless collection of over 30 cherished vintage cars as well as to some sleek contemporary Ferraris. The first and only Ferrari-branded theme park in the World, it offers visitors an outstanding experience through more than 20 rides and cars-inspired attractions. With family-friendly rides, state-of-the-art simulations, live shows and as the cherry atop the pie – the treasure cove of racing memorabilia - the mesmerising Ferrari story is indeed complete.

The Yas Marina Circuit is UAE’s superbly conceived sporting and entertainment venue. Known world over for the annual Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix held there, it is a time when the world converges for the sheer rush of adrenaline. For the automobile aficionados the Yas Racing School offers the joy of driving an Aston Martin GT4, Yas Supersport SST or Chevrolet Camero, or testing the limit of their own vehicles on the professional track. 

The Yas Waterworld is UAE’s largest Emirati themed water park.  With 43 rides to choose from, a traditional souk that gives exquisite taste of the region, the Yas Waterworld has become a source of huge attraction for all age groups.

The Yas Links Abu Dhabi with its sensational sea views is a first in the Middle East providing a truly unique environment for an enriching game of golf to stimulate the senses. An award winning eighteen-hole championship course, clubhouse, golf academy, floodlit practice facilities set against the mesmerising backdrop of the Arabian Gulf, this venue is an answer to what enthusiastic golfers the world over dream about.

Yas Marina is a vibrant dining and entertainment zone, with a stroll along its calm turquoise waters seeming near ethereal. Relaxing on a yacht overlooking the famous race circuit could be an experience straight out of a fairy tale. Enjoying a drink or a meal on the terrace of one out of the 10 food and beverage outlets, taking in the breathtaking panoramic view of the marina could well be a charming culinary experience.

Located in the heart of Yas Island, the Marina has 175 berths for boats, ranging from 8 – 150 meters. Currently undergoing an expansion phase, on completion, the Marina will be transformed into a vibrant dining and entertainment precinct.

Yas Island houses seven hotels ranging from the luxurious to the most affordable with several restaurants and eateries offering gourmet delight to sate the epicurean in each of us.

Yas Express is a complimentary shuttle service that provides pick up and drop off to the various Yas Island attractions namely Yas Viceroy Hotel, Yas Plaza Hotels, Yas Central, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld.

Catering to the diverse tastes and interests of the populace, the Yas Island packages comprise Family, Spa and Relaxation, Music and Entertainment, Leisure and Outdoor, Mice and B2B and F1. The distinctive feature of Yas Island is that it provides memorable experiences all year around be it for leisure, entertainment or business.

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