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Yas Island Holidays
Just off the coast, only 12 miles from Abu Dhabi city centre, Yas Island is one of the world's most unique projects, and an extraordinary destination where excitement, luxury and pleasure await in abundance. This man-made island was started in 2006 with the aim of transforming the space into one of the planet's greatest centres for entertainment, shopping and relaxation -- the transformation is now almost complete, and by any standards is a stunning success. The island plays host to a fantastic range of attractions, with so much variety that it's a place for absolutely anyone to enjoy.
Fast and Furious
Probably the best known of the attractions at Yas Island is Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the world's first Ferrari branded theme park. It's a place of superlatives -- the world's fastest rollercoaster, Formula Rossa, and the world's highest rollercoaster loop, all under the gigantic, iconic red roof built to suggest the interior of a Ferrari car. As well as state-of-the-art driving simulators, historical exhibitions and amazing live shows, there are lots of Italian cafes and restaurants dotted around, plus shops for buying genuine Ferrari merchandise.
This isn't all Yas Island has for petrolheads -- there's also Yas Marina Circuit, home of the Formula1TM Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, known as the Arabian version of Monaco, with 21 corner twists. It's much more than just an F1 venue, though -- it offers an exciting series of track day packages, Driver Experience, Passenger Experience, Private Driving Tuition, where you can drive the full circuit in your own car, with tuition from professional instructors. At the Yas Racing School you can receive instruction in a series of genuine racing cars, and then drive one, or be driven in an F1 two-seater.
Relax by the Sea
As its name suggests, the Yas Marina Circuit is set around the fabulous Yas Marina, a beautiful spot by day or night, and a vibrant venue offering a myriad dining and leisure facilities. The 227 berths for luxury yachts form an impressive backdrop to the line-up of delightful restaurants, which as the sun sets transforms into a buzzing night-life and entertainment scene. There is something for everyone here, including boat charters, water-sports, a children's playground and a musical water fountain.
The island also has its own gorgeous beach, on a dazzling stretch of white sand, open from 10 a.m. till 7 p.m. To keep the crowds down, there's a charge for entering, though guests at the island's hotels can use it for free. As well as relaxing and taking pleasure in the sun, sea and sand, you can enjoy mangrove tours, and non-motorised water-sports such as kayaking, sailing and paddle boarding.
Water Thrills and Spills
Nearby is the futuristic Yas Waterworld, another place of superlatives -- where you will find every water ride imaginable, five of them one-of-a-kind worldwide. You can try the world's first, and biggest, hydromagnetic-powered tornado water slide, or the Bandit Bomber, the first rollercoaster with on-board laser and water effects. The theme of the park, based on Abu Dhabi's heritage, is the Lost Pearl -- as you make your way round the attractions, you follow the story of a young Emirati girl on her quest to find a legendary pearl -- and the huge pearl itself sits on top of Jebel Dana, the heart of the park's towering summit.
Yas Island has plenty for the shopping addict too -- Yas Mall is Abu Dhabi's biggest shopping centre, with three floors of unique and exclusive stores offering the world's leading brands. The wide avenues all lead to a spacious and luxurious hub called the Town Square, with a 20-screen state-of-the-art cinema and a family entertainment zone. Scattered throughout are more than 60 outdoor and indoor cafes and restaurants.
Despite the vast number of attractions -- shortly to be added to by Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi -- Yas Island has a really laid-back vibe, with a complete absence of bustle or rush. This is helped by the fact that all the venues are close together, so very little travel time is involved. So you are promised a world of action, adventure and fun, yet in the most relaxing environment possible.