Yas Island is a man-made, 40 billion dollar project that the sheiks have launched in 2006. Today it hosts spacious living complexes, villas and hotels, theme parks, sports facilities and a port facility and has been winning awards left and right. Yas Island is maybe most well known for being the home of the Yas Marina Circuit, one of the most glamorous Formula 1 tracks on the racing calendar. It is the only venue in the world that offers covered grandstands throughout the facility, a necessity in the heat of the United Arab Emirates. Also relating to motor sports is the Ferrari World, a park whose most famous attraction is the Formula Rossa, the fastest roller coaster in the world. If accelerating to 240kph or 149mph is not enough, visitors can also find a karting academy, simulators and several more rides.
Yas Waterworld is another popular attraction on the artificial island and has consistently dominated the global rankings of best waterparks in the world. All in all it offers 43 rides, slides and other attractions for adrenaline junkies, such as an exhilarating tornado ride with the ominous name Dawwama, as well as slides and shallow pools for those taking it slow with the family. A relaxing oasis for those looking to swim and sunbathe is Yas Beach, a private beach club for the guest staying at the hotels on the island. Visitors not staying on the island will have to pay an admission fee.
Yas Island is located about 20km outside the city center of Abu Dhabi. It is best reached by car, as the island is linked to the mainland with a massive highway. However, you can also get there by public bus. Simply take bus number 190 from the Abu Dhabi Bus Station next to Al Wahda Mall.