Around 200 strange virgin islands surround Abu Dhabi land, many of which are open to visitors. These islands, like a bright pearl on the ocean, offer a variety of attractions, entertainment and beaches untouched by wildlife sanctuaries. On your next visit, get a glimpse of these magnetic landmarks that will touch your heart again.
Say yes to Yas Island! If sport fever rises at high temperatures, your next destination will be Yas Island, a 30-minute drive from Abu Dhabi. The island hosts the annual F1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the last Yas Marina Circuit, an advanced Formula One circuit that can expose the latest technology to shame. Get to know the circuit and experience the adrenaline escape closely by booking a room in Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, a memorable 5-star hotel in Abu Dhabi. There are attractions that deserve the same treatment like Ferrari World – the world's first Ferrari theme park, Yas Marina and Yacht Club – a traditional yacht club and Yas Links Abu Dhabi – an award-winning golf course.
Saadiyat Island, a beautiful natural island, is being developed as one of the most spectacular recreational, cultural and residential centers that can redefine the UAE skyline in the coming years. Among the island's precious attractions, the winner of the Pritzker Design Award – Zayed National Museum, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat – is an interactive museum that will bring the story of Saadiyat to life and explain the vision behind the development on the island. Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and the exclusive Monte Carlo Beach Club add a luxurious touch to the island. But the tourism authority has not forgotten the island's native inhabitants – the endangered Hawksbill Turtles, which lie on the nine-kilometer-long Saadiyat Beach.
Sir Bani Yas Island
Sir Bani Yas Island offers tips for nature as one of the largest natural islands in the UAE and home to the Arabian Wildlife Park. Thousands of desert and exotic animals roam the land freely, especially endangered species such as Arabian oryx, gazelle and giraffes along with cheetahs and hyenas. Visitors can now get an intimate look at these animals from recycled pallets and zero emission buses. The island recently discovered a Christian monastery dating back to 600 AD, providing a complete rounded tourist experience.
Delma Island still likes to reveal in its ancient past that it has been bombarded by modern materialism. Its maritime heritage is strongly visible in the port and as one of the oldest permanent settlements in the UAE, it is an interesting site to discover.
Futaisi Island, a small island accessible from Patten Marina, is mostly a virgin island infested with free shrubs, rocks and deer. It is a remarkable geological history after the recent discovery of ancient watersheds. It is home to Al Futaisi Golf and Country Club, famous for outdoor activities such as volleyball, water skiing and fishing trips.