Once every year, Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island buzzes with the thrill of the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. By far the biggest event on the United Arab Emirates capital’s calendar, visitors descend on this fabulous destination to enjoy a weekend of thrilling racing, superb entertainment, and world-class concerts. However, once the roar of the engines fades away many are unaware of the other fantastic opportunities this island oasis offers for daredevils and families alike. Find out how you can discover Abu Dhabi in all of its glory whether you're in for a thrill, or looking to spend time with your family in this hidden oasis.
Formula 1 Grand Prix
The Yas Marina Circuit, the location of the Formula 1 Grand Prix, is a circuit that never sleeps. With a line-up of activities that keep the track busy all year round, there's never a dull moment. Thrill seekers can get behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Camaro (or any of the other fast paced cars on offer) for a taste of what racing is really like. The Yas Driving Experience includes professional training and the opportunity to put the pedal to the medal – going from 0-100km in less than two seconds!
If you’d rather be on the sidelines than in the driver’s seat, the world’s largest indoor theme park, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi offers a unique experience for the whole family. Also voted as the leading theme in the Middle East, adrenaline junkies are sure to satisfy their thrill cravings here. Step into the fastest roller coaster on the planet, Formula Rossa, that sends you accelerating at 240km/h in just a mere 4.9 seconds. Of course no race track outing would be complete without that all-time family favorite: go-karting. Nothing is done in half measures at Yas Island as your session includes a fast paced ride on a 290-meter race track inspired by the Yas Marina Circuit itself. At the Karting Academy, make sure you arrive to the park in advance for this timed attraction to be able to sign up! This could be your one chance to outmaneuver your friends and family to the finish line.
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Need some place to cool off after all that racing? Yas Waterworld is one of the best in the UAE with over 40 rides, slides, and attractions. The park has its own ranking system, so you can choose the ride you want to experience based on your thrill level. There's something for everyone at Yas Waterworld!
If sand and sun is more your style, Yas Beach is the perfect oasis. With turquoise waters ready to pull you in, the high salt content in the water magically lets you float without any effort. If being surrounded by the peaceful waters of the Arabian Gulf is not enough, Yas Island is also home to the Yas Links Golf Course. Slow down and unwind from the daily grind on pristine beaches, or improve your handicap at the links course designed by Kyle Phillips, one of the world's leading golf course designers. Stay comfortably at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island right by the south side of the island where Yas Beach and Yas Links golf courses await you. Make sure you catch the mesmerizing Arabian sunset with a cool drink in hand at the Shams Pool Bar.
Yas Island is ideal for music and performance aficionados with the Du Forum and Du Arena drawing world class acts to its stages that include stand-up comedy, musical acts and large scale concerts. The venue has previously hosted internationally known artists such as Justin Timberlake, The Rolling Stones and comedian, Jeff Dunham.