Top 5 Things to Do on Yas Island for the Weekend

Yas Island
Yas Island

If you’re tired of being cooped inside your home or workspace all week, then wouldn’t it be a great idea to unwind for the weekend? Why don’t you invite family and friends, pack your bags, and get ready to have a fantastic Yas Island staycation?

Wellness a Priority at Yas Island

Yas Island in Abu Dhabi is now open to guests. Despite the brief lull brought on by the pandemic, the island still lives up to its name of being one of the world’s top-notch vacation destinations.

Not only is it ready to entertain, but it also makes sure that staying and playing on the island is made safe by implementing strict health and safety protocols. As much as possible, guests are encouraged to use contactless payment and online booking methods.

Yas Island will also be operating at a reduced capacity in line with government regulations. Thermal scanners are also used at entry points to monitor the body temperatures of all guests.

Guests are also urged to wear face masks and protective gear, observe social distancing of two meters at all times and use hand sanitisers conveniently placed in key locations around the island. Wellness ambassadors are on hand for any queries regarding your health and safety.

The island administration is carrying out extraordinary measures to ensure that the island’s capacity, sanitation, and social distancing guidelines are at par with global standards. By doing this, everyone on the island can continue experiencing epic adventures and first-class fun at all the attractions and facilities.

Now that you have the confidence and peace of mind knowing that you and your loved ones can enjoy a safe and healthy time on Yas Island, here are some must-do experiences you can indulge in over the weekend (or on any day you like):

1. Try out Theme Parks

One of the biggest draws of Yas Island is its theme parks. These are not just your usual run-of-the-mill parks. These are some of the world’s unique and exhilarating attractions that offer record-breaking thrills.

For example, you can jump-start your weekend with a Ferrari World Abu Dhabi tour from Dubai aboard an exclusive seaplane ride.

From there, feed your need for speed as you go on the world’s fastest rollercoaster. Feel the adrenaline and upbeat energy right at the heart of the world’s first and only Ferrari-themed park with attractions that let you marvel at finely crafted supercars or even ride one yourself.

You can also indulge kids and kids-at-heart at Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi.

Here, you can stroll in six different animated worlds with your favorite Warner Bros characters and superheroes. Make fiction look real as you watch unique live entertainment shows or go on exceptionally exhilarating rides. When all that carousing gets you hungry, you can also munch on mouthwatering meals while surrounded by upbeat energy.

For water lovers, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi is the ultimate water adventure for families and friends. Get your splash on with over forty exciting rides, slides, and attractions. Engage in family-fun activities all day with attractions such as a looping freefall water slide, “Legend of the Lost Pearl” 5D adventure, and the Middle East’s longest suspended roller coaster.

2. Shop ‘Til You Drop

Another option while on your weekend away is going on a shopping spree. Yas Island is home to Abu Dhabi’s largest shopping destination, Yas Mall.

You will be spoilt for choice as this luxury mall offers incredible dining, entertainment, and shopping experiences. With over four hundred international brands, 24-hour cinemas, and a massive entertainment zone, you’d be hard-pressed on what to do first.

Should you want to take a break from your shopping escapades, The Fountains can provide the perfect respite. Grab a bite at any time of the day as it opens from 8:30 am and offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between. You can savor various cuisines with nineteen food outlets that include American, Italian, and Middle Eastern dishes.

3. Enjoy the Sun, Sand and Sea

If you’re more of a beach-lover, then Yas Beach is the place for you. An organic and laid-back oasis, Yas Beach allows you to savor the sun, surf, and sand in serene surroundings.

Get that tan you’ve been wanting as you lay on its white sands, and get your heart pumping as you swim or play water sports in its crystal clear waters. You can also commune with nature in the natural mangrove.

Spend a night or two in a private chalet just a stone’s throw away from the shore or savor fresh seafood and other gustatory delights in the many restaurants and kiosks in the area.

4. Reach New Highs

Yas Island is also home to the world’s ultimate adventure hub, Yas CLYMB. Conquer two record-breaking feats under one roof that revolutions indoor climbing and skydiving.

Check off your bucket list as you try the world’s widest indoor skydiving flight chamber with its unmatched width of 32 feet. You can also harness your inner climber and scale the region’s tallest indoor climbing wall with a mountainous height of 141 feet.

5. Time for Tee

Explore the fairways and swing your club at Yas Links Abu Dhabi, the first proper Links Golf Course in the Middle East.

The Par 72 Championship Links course was designed by one of the world-s leading golf designers, Kyle Phillips. Yas Links ranks 48th in Golf Digest’s Top 100 courses in the world. It also ranks 60th in the Platinum Clubs of the World list.

Yas Links is a fitting host for the 2019 Special Olympics World with its luxurious clubhouse, gym, male spa, swimming pool, and world-class, floodlit practice ranges. It also has state-of-the-art Toptracer range technology and a professionally led Golf Academy that delivers unparalleled development and support.

Yas Links is also blessed with spectacular views of rolling green hills, tranquil mangroves, and the impressive Abu Dhabi skyline. Feast your eyes on sumptuous meals from the award-winning Hickory’s restaurant or the authentic Japanese flavors at MATSU.

Say Yes to Yas Getaways

When you require a break, Yas Island can offer you various activities and experiences that will surely rejuvenate you.

Enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors that the island offers, and you’ll be sure to have a weekend of positive vibes and treasured memories.


Karan Mahesh Chimnani is the Head of eCommerce at Yas Island Abu Dhabi, a leisure and entertainment destination like nowhere else. Surrounded by crystal clear waters and natural mangroves, Yas Island offers an incredible collection of world-leading, award-winning, and record-breaking attractions, catered for everyone.

Written by Amelia


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