5 Thrilling Things to do at Yas Island
Enjoy exciting Yas Island activities and events, from adventures in the sky to wonders in water
Yas Island is a destination like no other. With its collection of world-class, world-first and world-only attractions, you’ll be spoilt for choice with ways to enjoy the holiday of a lifetime. Here are some ideas of things to do to inspire your own unique Yas Island story…
Feel the speed at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
One of the most exciting activities on Yas Island is Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. Reach for the clouds, like history’s greatest daredevils, in ‘Flying Aces’ – a frontrunner among today’s white-knuckle rollercoasters, inspired by vintage biplanes. Mimicking the airborne acrobatics of aviation’s greatest pioneers, the 1.5km track twists and turns, making stomachs do the same. This theme park pinnacle boasts the world’s steepest cable lift at 51 degrees, whizzes around the world’s tallest inverted loop at 52 metres and maxes out at speeds of 120km per hour!
Feeling the need for even more speed? Go from zero to superhero at a pace of 240km per hour in just 4.9 seconds on board ‘Formula Rossa’, the world’s fastest roller coaster. Let the rush pin you to your seat and brace yourself for the most exciting 92 seconds of your life; nothing will make your heart beat quite like 4.8Gs of pure force. https://www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com
Make a splash at Yas Waterworld
Claim the greatest views of this splash-tastic water park by scaling the summit of ‘Jebel Drop’. What goes up must come down, and this near-vertical slide will get you back to the water in no time. Blink and you might even miss the epic panoramic park views.
Another gripping way to see this one-of-a-kind water park is on the ‘Bandit Bomber’, a high-speed suspended rollercoaster that flies above this playground of pools like a turbo-charged ski-lift, while on-board lasers and wet special effects boost the buzz.
Born to surf? First hone your bodyboarding skills on the ‘Rush Rider’ man-made wave, then brave ‘Bubbles Barrel’ to surf like a pro. This double hump speed slide swirls thousands of litres of water to create the world’s largest sheet wave.
Like it or not, the ‘Liwa Loop’ will keep you coming back for more. Enter the ride’s capsule and prepare to make a big splash as a passenger on this high-octane tube slide, but only after looping through it again and again, feeling the combined and formidable force of gravity and water. https://www.yaswaterworld.com
Have madcap adventures at Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi
Step into a world of crazy capers and feel your favourite cartoons come to life as you stroll through the life-sized landscapes of the Flintstones’ Bedrock, Batman’s Gotham City and Superman’s Metropolis. The magic is only just beginning. Enjoy madcap mayhem as an Acme Factory product tester. Those spiral net climbs, suspended rope bridges, crawl tubes and tunnel mazes won’t test themselves. This is one of the Yas Island activities that you will never forget.
Feel yourself shrink as you hop into car-sized wedges of Swiss cheese balls, all part of the oversized home of ‘Tom and Jerry Swiss Cheese Spin’, a ride that has as many twists and turns as a classic cat-and-mouse chase. Then follow animation history’s most famous mystery-solvers – Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma – as they meddle with crooks through eerie passageways and secret corridors in ‘Scooby Doo: The Museum of Mysteries’, a fun family voyage to spark kids’ imaginations.
Rest assured, Wile E. Coyote will never catch you, or the Road Runner, when you’re on ‘Fast and Furry-ous’, an inverted rollercoaster blazing a trail through make-believe American desert skies. https://www.wbworldabudhabi.com
Drive like you mean it at Yas Marina Circuit
Drive, drag, drift, kart or take a guided tour at the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit. At this legendary meeting place of champions, you can take your own car for a spin or slide behind the wheel of a Ferrari 458 GT4, an Aston Martin GT4 or a Formula YAS 3000, among other dream machines, on six exhilarating track configurations.
One of the most technologically advanced tracks on the planet, Yas Marina Circuit is also home to a 4.1km drag strip and regular Yas Drag Nights, accredited by the National Hot Rod Association. If your rubber-burning skills demand a drift session, you can buckle up for that too. Ride passenger-side in a Chevrolet Drift Taxi or put your own wheels to the test.
Fast and furious fun for all ages, the 1km Yas Kartzone takes karting to another level with three exciting track configurations, so your whole family can push the pedal to the metal! https://www.yasmarinacircuit.com
Join in the celebrations at Yas Island Events
It begins with a spark, and then explodes in technicolour, marking midnight and heralding in the next 12 months of hopes and dreams. Yas Island New Year’s Eve Fireworks display is both the last and first show of the year, concluding and kicking off a calendar of unique events taking place across this inimitable destination.
Take part in a wide range of of events from electrifying concerts to exhilarating sports matches at the newly-opened Etihad Arena, the Middle East’s largest state-of-the-art indoor entertainment venue.
Feel the anticipation of the crowd as mega racing stars and their supercars fly around around Yas Marina Circuit during Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Lose yourself in the revelries of the Yasalam After-Race Concerts featuring hitmakers from Khalid to Lewis Capaldi. Then, in December, embrace Emirati culture in December’s UAE National Day celebrations.
Whenever you arrive, you’ll leave Yas Island with a timeless story to share.