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Y – Yas Island | #AtoZChallenge

Y – Yas Island | #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z

The previous post discussed the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and I highlighted that try to club your trip with other attractions across the city. Well, let me today take you to one such place where you will get multiple options across all interest levels. I am talking about the best place in Abu Dhabi – Yas Island.

Yas Island is an island in Abu Dhabi – multipurpose leisure, entertainment and shopping center. It was started in 2006 by Abu Dhabi based Aldar properties and is spread across a staggering 25 sq km. It is one of the most astounding manmade wonders and on days it feels as if both Abu Dhabi and Dubai are in a race to outwit each other that which one will come up with a more opulent island.

If you truly want to experience the best of Abu Dhabi, then head to Yas Island. It is about a 40-min drive away from the city center. I already gave you a glimpse of the adventurous side of Yas Island through the Ferrari World. Read the full post here.

Top attractions and places to visit on Yas Island.

Warner Bros. Abu Dhabi

As the name suggests, it is a Warner Bros. characters based adventure theme park. Everyone wanted to get an insider look on what it is like to live like a superhero – this park lets you do exactly that. You can unleash the superhero in you and get to relive those childhood fantasies through its six different zones – Warner Bros. Plaza, Metropolis, Gotham City, Cartoon Junction, Bedrock and Dynamite Gulch.

Yas Marina Circuit

Yas Waterworld

In continuation with adventurous theme parks, let me take you to something totally unique – Yas Waterworld. It is the best waterpark in UAE along with Aquaventure in Dubai. The most impressive feature of the park is its theme – ‘The Legend of the Lost Pearl’ that pays tribute to the Emirati heritage of Pearl Diving, usually water parks aren’t theme based.

Thanks to its 45 exhilarating slides, attractions, and rides out of which 5 of them are the world’s firsts, the Los Angeles Times named it the ‘second best waterpark in the world.’

Yas Marina Circuit

If you aren’t satisfied with the gravity-defying rollercoasters at Ferrari World and the adrenaline-charged slides of the Yas Waterworld and you really want to try your hand at one of the F1 cars then Yas Marina Circuit is the place to be.

Dive in the driving seat of an Aston Martin GT4 to a single-seater Formula 3000 Yas racing car show your mettle and driving skills on the 5.5 km track. It got global fame once it got on the F1 Calendar and is open all throughout the year for speed enthusiasts. Treat it as a warning the adventure can cause a severe hole in your pockets.

Seawings at Yas Marina

If you still have budget left after the ride around the marina circuit, try another unique experience – Seawings at Yas Marina. One has to skydive to enjoy the magnanimous beauty of Palm Jumeirah, here it is a lot convenient and less scary. Get on to a state-of-the-art Cessna seaplane at Seawings and fly over the Yas Island along with aerial views of Emirates Palace, Sheikh Zayed Bridge, Sheikh Zayed Mosque and the Abu Dhabi mangroves during the 25-minute flight.

Yas Mall

Yas Mall is to Abu Dhabi, what Dubai Mall is to Dubai. It is the main hot spot for people living in Abu Dhabi and the traveler visiting the city. It offers you an ultimate shopping experience through its 370 retail outlets. Watch out for the growing plant wall and the two 12m-high tree-themed sculptures by acclaimed South African artist Marco Cianfanelli, with leaves inspired by Arabic calligraphy.

Yas Marina

Yas Marine is promoted as a dock-dine-discover destination. Like the Dubai Marina, it is a scintillating place with 227-berth marina featuring 9 licensed restaurants and lounges, which cater to all taste buds and budgets. Sitting alongside the water promenade enjoy a drink with snacks with the views of the Yas Viceroy hotel and F1 circuit in the backdrop.

Yas Links

Yas Links is a golf course designed by Kyle Philips and is the best golf course in UAE. It is ranked 24th World’s best Golf courses outside the USA (Golf Digest USA, 2012). After a perfect day of golf make sure to head to their impeccable club for food and drinks.

Yas Viceroy

Yas Beach

An island is incomplete without a beach for the whole family – Yas beach is the perfect getaway from the adventure and thrill of the island. Located in a quiet corner spend a relaxing day with children activity, dining and water sports options.

Yas Viceroy

Yas Viceroy is a unique five-star property on Yas Island. It is the first hotel in the world to be built over an F1 race circuit. You will be simply blown away with its futuristic design and dazzling architecture. On the weekend of F1 race, there is no better place in the world to stay and I am sure you will still not find any of its 499 extravagant rooms vacant.

Where to Eat

Nolu’s Café – it is a place where Afghanistan meets California – the menu-spin comes from the secret recipes of the owner’s Afghan mother.

Felini Garden – It is an open terrace restaurant-bar renowned for its epic all-Italian Friday brunch.

Meylas – It is an amazing place to explore the Emirati flavors.

Stars ‘N’ Bars – it is located in Yas Marina and is voted Abu Dhabi’s best sports bar.

Cipriani – The fusion of Emirati design and Italian food with a terrace that looks out over the grandstands of the Yas Marina Circuit.

Café Bateel – Bateel is famous for its Arabian dates, try out the café version of Bateel where the Mediterranean meets the Middle East.

Tawa Bakery – Gluten free contemporary bakery in the Al Muneer Beach development area.

Getting There

Yas Island has very good public transport connectivity. Yas Express is their complimentary free bus shuttle service that will take you around all the attractions across the Island. Taxis are frequently available round the clock. One can also explore Yas by bike via ADCB Bikeshare, a bicycle sharing system powered by Cyacle that operates 24/7.

There are a plethora of options for everyone whether you are an adventure junkie, a shopaholic, a nature lover, a foodie or a traveler. Just say Yes to Yas Island.

For all the foodies out there,

For all the adventure freaks,

For all the explorers,

And

For all who say Yes to Yas…

It’s not a goodbye,

But it’s a GOOD BYE.

Manas ‘Sameer’ Mukul

This is the 25th post for the #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z. My theme in Travel Category is ‘Dubai – the City of Gold’, where I would be covering everything about the city in the course of 26 posts.

Read the Previous post here: Dubai – City of Gold

Please do visit tomorrow for the final post with the letter ‘Z’

I am also taking part in the #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z using another theme –‘IPL – Indian Parliamentary League’. If you are keen on following key issues pertaining to the upcoming General Elections head over to the Politics Theme and share your feedback.

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F – Ferrari World | #AtoZChallenge

F – Ferrari World | #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z

Any trip to Dubai is incomplete without paying a visit to the iconic Ferrari World on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. It is one of the world’s largest indoor amusement parks and just lost the title of being the largest after the opening of Dubai’s IMG Worlds of Adventure. It still holds the record for the largest space frame structure ever built.

It is the first Ferrari-branded theme park and has won many awards over the years. It was named the ‘Middle East’s Leading Tourist Attraction’ on several occasions. Personally, I would not categorize it as an amusement park. It is far more thrilling than that.

Just to give you a perspective, it is like a Disneyland with faster and crazier exhilarating rides. It is about a 60 min drive from Dubai and serves as one of the best weekend getaways for the entire family. There is something for everyone here. It is also home to the world’s fastest roller coaster – the Formula Rossa.

Formula Rossa

To this day I will never forget those first three seconds of the ride. It is the world’s fastest roller coaster for a reason – it goes from 0 to 240 km/h in only 4.9 sec. I was sitting in the front row and was handed a pair of big transparent glasses to cover my eyes from any injuries. I still remember, funnily, the glasses came off with the extreme force of wind within the first three seconds. It was so fast that I couldn’t hear even my own scream and no breathe will leave your lungs.

Just imagine what the F1 racers feel when we can’t survive it for about 30 odd secs. Once you have paid for the ticket at the entrance you can go for any ride any number of times.

For other ‘Speed’ experiences you can head on to:

Scuderia Challenge

It is a timed challenge and gives you a feel of exactly how a Ferrari F1 driver feels. It is a simulator experience, hence arrive early to sign up and enjoy the fun.

Karting Academy

It is an amazing 290 m long track where you can test your racing skills. It is the region’s first electric go-kart circuit and this one is also a timed attraction.

Flying Aces

Inspired by the legendary ‘ace of aces’ aviator, Count Baracca, it is world’s highest rollercoaster loop at 63 m height and at 51-degree incline and reaches up to stirring speeds of up to 120 km/h.

Fiorano GT Challenge

If you are traveling with friends and want to challenge them in a race, this is the one to do it in. The circuit is swirling parallel tracks in a Ferrari F430 Spider based on real GT courses and speeds can reach up to 95km/h.

Turbo Track

If you love zero gravity falls then this one is surely for you. It is a back-to-back rollercoaster with a vertical climb that launches guests through the roof into the sky and back down in reverse.

If you are traveling with kids, don’t worry there is plenty to try out at the Ferrari World.

Attractions for Kids

You can head to the racing slides of Nello’s Adventureland to begin with. The RC Challenge is the perfect test for their fingers where they can navigate the remote-controlled boats and cars. Khalil’s Car Wash is an interactive obstacle course where they can climb the grandstand, slide down the carwash, and grab those remote control Ferraris and pedal cars.

You can definitely try out Junior GT, Junior Training Camp, Junior Grand Prix and Bell’ Italia for exciting offerings for kids.

Attractions for the whole Family

If you want to have fun with the entire family there are multiple options for that too.

In Tyre Twist the entire family can sit in a giant F1 tire and slide and collide with others. If you want to experience what it is like to do a pit stop try the ‘Tyre Changing Experience’. The ‘Speed of Magic’ is a 4D-simulated universe where you dive into oceans, fly over cliffs and venture into ice caves – watch out for that splash of water.

Some of the other family attractions include; Motor Midway Games, Made in Maranello, Galleria Ferrari, Driving with the Champions, Benno’s Great Race and Viaggio in Italia.

You can enjoy multiple shows and performances that happen at different places inside the park. There are multiple shopping and dining options also available that are catering to different requirements.

Tickets

Everything comes at a price and so does the adrenaline-charged experience of Ferrari World. There are basically three options.

Single day ticket: Starts from AED 295 – gives complete access with all the rides for a single visit.

1 Day – 2 Parks: Starts from AED 395 – there are other amusement parks in Yas Island, one can choose any other park along with Ferrari World on the same day.

2 Day – 2 Parks: Starts at AED 435.

If you can afford, it is always advisable to buy the VIP or quick access tickets to avoid waiting in the queues.

Note: Try booking the tickets online in advance – they have decent discount options available.

The Park is operational from 11am to 8pm. Anybody traveling from April to June – Formula Rossa will be closed from 28 April 2019 to 2 June 2019.

How to Reach

If you aren’t driving on your own or taking a taxi there are other options available that are free of cost from Dubai. You can catch a Free Shuttle Bus from any one of the locations to Yas Island – Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates and Deira City Center. Check the website for timings.

Go and have fun with the entire family and take back memories of a lifetime.

For all those who like an adrenaline rush,

For all those who enjoy rollercoasters,

For all those who love the Formula Rossa,

And

For all those who love the Ferrari World…

It’s not a goodbye,

But it’s a GOOD BYE.

Manas ‘Sameer’ Mukul

This is the 6th post for the #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z. My theme in Travel Category is ‘Dubai – the City of Gold’, where I would be covering everything about the city in the course of 26 posts.

F – Ferrari World

Read the Previous post here:

A – Arrival in Dubai

B – Burj Khalifa

C – CREEK – The Heart of Dubai

D – Desert Safari

E – Emirates of UAE

Please do visit on Monday for the next post with letter ‘G’

I am also taking part in the #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z using another theme –‘IPL – Indian Parliamentary League’. If you are keen on following key issues pertaining to the upcoming General Elections head over to the Politics Theme and share your feedback.