Things to do in Yas Island

Our summer adventure to Thailand with Etihad Airways gave us the perfect opportunity for a stop off in Abu Dhabi. Having an Abu Dhabi stopover was perfect and we decided to focus our time on Yas Island as there are so many great things to do on Yas Island with kids or without. If you’re planning your own Abu Dhabi stop over then a trip out to Yas Island – around 15 minute taxi ride from the airport – is perfect.

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Ferrari World – one of the great things to do on Yas Island

Things to do in Yas Island - a weekend in Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World is the world’s largest indoor theme park and set in the heart of Yas Island. Even if you’re not a big car fan there’s plenty here to keep you happy and it’s great for children of all ages.

One of the great things about it is that it’s all air conditioned so even if you visit in the heat of the summer, as we did, you can stay cool. There is so much going on at this fun theme park from the world’s fastest roller-coaster to climbing walls, fun little car rides through an Italian themed landscape and plenty of Ferrari memorabilia for the racing car enthusiasts.

This is a theme park you could easily spend all day at and as it’s located inside the Yas Mall it’s easy to wander out into this area for some shopping or restaurant visiting.

Find out more and book your skip-the-line tickets here.

Yas Waterworld – the Middle East’s biggest waterpark

Yas Waterworld on Yas Island is the Middle East’s largest water theme park. It provides a spectacular experience for children of all ages.

With more than 40 rides, slides and attractions, there’s something to delight everyone. From thrilling adventures and exciting chutes to lazy rivers and relaxing rides.

There are adrenaline-pumping rides and slides, thrilling experiences, and relaxation zones. There’s something to suit each person’s individual tastes.

Whether it’s caring down the world’s longest lazy river or riding in a pearl-diving submarine – a day at Yas Waterworld is sure to bring out smiles on everyone’s faces.

Find out more and book your skip-the-line tickets here.

Yas Marina Circuit – race on the same track as Formula 1 drivers

One place not to miss in Yas Island is the Yas Marina Circuit.

This race track has held some of the most exciting motorsport events in the world, including Formula 1 and 24 Hours of Yas Marina races.

Not only will you have a chance to race on the same track as professional drivers, but children aged three and up can also ride with you at select times.

Children’s go-karting experiences are also available, so kids can learn some of the driving skills they’ll need if they want to be the next Lewis Hamilton.

Nothing else compares to feeling the power of a supercar at this world-renowned venue. Make sure you experience why it’s one of the world’s premier motor racing destinations.

Find out more and book your skip-the-line tickets here.

Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi – a world of cartoon characters and family fun

Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi is an immersive indoor theme park featuring six exciting lands based on iconic characters from some of your favorite Warner Bros. cartoons, movies, and television shows. This means there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

There are thrilling rides, interactive attractions and plenty of opportunities to meet your favorite Warner Bros. cartoon characters.

Explore Gotham City and meet Batman, join Scooby Doo for a fun child friendly ghost hunt. And ride the log flume Flintstones style in Bedrock for a classic cartoon adventure.

For older teens and adults you can explore the Joker scary funhouse or even venture over to DC Superheroes to fly with Superman. All in a single day.

Find out more and book your skip-the-line tickets here.

The Beach at Saadiyat Island Resort – relax on the white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters

Saadiyat Island Resort is renowned for its picturesque white sand beaches, perfect for relaxation.

The resort’s surroundings are dotted with blue lagoons and crystal-clear waves that make the perfect backdrop for a romantic stroll or an enjoyable day out.

With plenty of activities to do around the resort – from kayaking to windsurfing – visitors can take advantage of the tranquil atmosphere. And marvel at marine life in their natural habitat.

Couple this with its exquisite spa treatments, designed to help guests unwind, set against a gorgeous backdrop of nature, and you have an unforgettable way to spend some time away from the chaos of everyday life.

Find out more and book a stay here.

Shopping at Marina Mall or Yas Mall – find everything from high-end fashion to local souvenirs

It’s the perfect activity for children and adults alike. Shopping at Marina Mall or Yas Mall on Abu Dhabi’s beautiful Yas Island.

Whether taking the little ones out to find a treasure or splurging on something special for yourself, these malls have it all.

If you’re in search of a unique gift, upscale apparel, or a bit of pampering, these malls offer modern shopping that makes every day feel special.

There’s a huge Carrefour supermarket too to pick up snacks and drinks.

So there you have it – our top things to do in Yas Island with kids

This iconic destination has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a luxurious staycation or an action-packed adventure.

With so much on offer, it’s no wonder Yas Island is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United Arab Emirates.

Have you been to Yas Island? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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