Celebrate Saudi National Day


There are several reasons why Yas Island Abu Dhabi, the Middle East’s premier entertainment and leisure hub is one of the best places to celebrate Saudi National Day, which falls on September 23.

Every year, Yas Island, in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, lines up several exciting activities for guests who wish to celebrate the national holiday. You can choose from different Yas Island packages to join the celebration and enjoy a weekend commemorating the birth of modern-day Saudi Arabia.


Saudi National Day

The Saudi Arabic National Day commemorates the significant accomplishment of King Abdulaziz Ibn Saud in unifying the Kingdoms of Nejd and Hejaz and renaming the entire territory the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932. 

As a result, King Abdulaziz became the founding father of Saudi Arabia, as well as the kingdom’s first ruler and the custodian of the two Holy Mosques. The holiday is steeped in history, and since 2005 Saudi Arabians have started celebrating it in a festive manner.

In 2022 the National Day theme was “Heya Lana Dar,” which means “This is our Home.” This theme embodies the pride of the citizens in calling KSA their home and serves as an inspiration and guide for the various projects under Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.


Why Celebrate Saudi National Day on Yas Island

Yas Island Abu Dhabi usually has several fun and exciting activities planned to commemorate Saudi Arabic National Day. For one, the island is usually covered in green during this time, reflecting the spirit of the holiday and the primary color of the Saudi Arabian flag. 

Also, since fireworks shows in different parts of Saudi Arabia are part and parcel of celebrating the holiday, Yas Island has its own extravagant pyrotechnics show to celebrate the Saudi Arabic National Day. Visitors are amazed by a dazzling firework display on the island, which can be witnessed from various restaurants and hotels in the area. 

Yas Mall joins the festivities as well. Several shops offer special promos and deals to celebrate this special holiday. Additionally, many restaurants and cafes on the island offer special dishes and promos to celebrate Saudi Arabic National Day. If you want to make the most out of the long weekend and join the Saudi National Day events in Abu Dhabi, take advantage of the special discounts and deals offered by Yas Island and save money as you enjoy a short holiday or staycation here.

If you choose to spend the three-day weekend here, you have a whole variety of first-class hotels you can call home for the holiday:


    • Centro Yas Island
    • Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi.
    • DoubleTree by Hilton.>
    • Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island.
    • Park Inn Radisson Abu Dhabi.
    • Radisson Blu Hotel Abu Dhabi.
    • Staybridge Suites Abu Dhabi.
    • The WB Abu Dhabi.
    • W Abu Dhabi.
    • Yas Island Rotana.


These hotels offer well-appointed rooms and suites, and amazing amenities and facilities that are ideal for families and couples. They are perfect for “friendcations” too. Whether you plan to celebrate the holiday with your family, spouse, or friends, get more out of your stay here through one of the island’s hotel packages. The theme park holiday packages allow two kids under the age of 12 accompanied by their parents or guardians to stay for free in the same room with their grownup companions. These packages also come with unlimited access to one or more of the island’s world-famous theme parks: Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, and Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi. 


For instance, If you book a one-night stay in one of the island’s hotels, you and your spouse or group get two days of unlimited access to a theme park of your choice. A two-night hotel stay gives you and your fellow guests three days of unlimited access to two theme parks. If you stay for three nights or more at one of the island’s hotels, you get unlimited access to three theme parks for four days. 


Additionally, you and your group can try go-karting for free with each session booked at the Yas Marina Circuit. Children can also dine for free on the same meal plan as their parents or family. Some hotels on the island offer complimentary access to Yas Beach and 20% off spa experiences when you book your room on Yas Island’s website. If you want to enjoy a beach day on your Saudi National Day getaway, check which hotels have these deals before booking your room. During your getaway here, drop by the Yas Marina Circuit, CLYMB Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina, Yas Bay, and The Fountains for other fun and exciting activities and experiences. If you are an avid golfer, play a round or more at Yas Links Abu Dhabi.


Make celebrating Saudi Arabic National Day more fun and memorable by spending this holiday on Yas Island Abu Dhabi.


Getting To Yas island


Yas Express is our complimentary shuttle bus service that can get you to any of the major island attractions. For more information, timetable and map, download the pocket guide or call +971 (0) 600 511115.

To Yas Island:
Boarding spots are available at the Deira City Center entrance (beside Aloft Hotel) and Ibn Battuta Mall, Parking 7 stop (right in front of the China Court section).
Within Yas Island:
The shuttle service bus can take guests to any of the major island attractions.
Air travel to Yas Island
If you're coming from outside the UAE, aim to land in Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), as it is located just 10 minutes away from Yas Island.
Rental car to Yas Island
From Abu Dhabi International Airport, you can rent a car. All car rental offices operate 24/7


Connect to the Wi-Fi at Abu Dhabi International Airport and book an Uber or Careem via their apps.
Taxis to Yas Island
You can take a taxi to Yas Island from Abu Dhabi International Airport (10 minutes), Abu Dhabi (25 minutes), and Dubai (45 minutes). To get a taxi, you can flag them down at the roadside, call the TransAD hotline 600 535353 to book, or use the Abu Dhabi Taxi app available for both iOS and Android platforms. Taxis are plentiful and fares are reasonable.
From Abu Dhabi:
Board the 102 Bus Route to Yas Island at the Abu Dhabi Bus Station next to Al Wahda Mall.
From Dubai:
Travel to the Dubai Al Ghubaiba Bus Station to ride to the Abu Dhabi Bus Station, then board the 102 Bus Route to Yas Island.