Thrills and spills on Yas

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Date: March 31, 2016
Yas Island
Yas please! No matter what age you are this is likely to be your response to pretty much everything in Abu Dhabi's party hotspot - Yas Island. For the brave and even the not-so-brave, there's something for everyone on Yas. From the world’s fastest and steepest roller coasters to the only Links golf course in the Middle East, world-class shopping to international superstars, every minute on Yas will be packed with fun.

Get your pulse racing…

And that's not all when you turn into Lewis Hamilton on the track and enjoy a day at Yas Marina Circuit for a range of driving experiences, from Go Karts to Aston Martins, Mercedes to Camaros. Learn how to drift, improve your driving skills, and saddle up for the ride of your life.

Forza Ferrari!

Formula Rossa at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
If we didn’t know any better, we'd say you could see the iconic red structure, which just so happens to be the world's largest indoor amusement park, from space. You don't need to be a motorsport junkie to enjoy a trip to Ferrari World. In addition to the world’s fastest (and newly opened) steepest roller coasters, Ferrari World offers a range of rides and experiences to tempt all ages. Meander through the romantic roads of Italy, get your kids on track with the Junior Grand Prix or learn about the craftsmanship that goes into making of a Ferrari. A new family friendly ride – Benno's Great Race – combines scenery and storytelling, while Flying Aces, the world’s steepest steel rollercoaster featuring a starting inclined by 51 degrees and the world’s tallest loop of 52m has also just opened. If you’re planning to visit both Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld, it makes sense (plus it’s cheaper) to buy a two-park pass online. And if you're pressed for time, opt for the Gold Pass so there's no need to queue.

Splish, splash…

Yas Waterworld
Slide up and down, and all around through Dana’s quest to find a legendary pearl that bought prosperity to her village. Yas Waterworld features 34 rides including the Middle East’s longest suspended rollercoaster, a surfing experience, loops, humps and, not for the faint hearted, drops. This water extravaganza comprises rides set at different thrill levels and has plenty of seating areas to chill by the pool plus a lazy river that will keep you cool in the balmy Arabian temperatures. Again, a popular option for young and old, and easily combined with a visit to Ferrari World. 

Beach bums unite!

Little known are Abu Dhabi's fantastic beach holiday options and Yas Island is no exception. Head to Yas Beach Club for a relaxing, exclusive beachfront experience, including loungers, a fully stocked bar, café-style eating and even watersports. If tanning on the beach isn't your thing, why not try your hand at one of the kayak tours through the mangroves by Noukhada or snorkel safaris and stand-up paddle-boarding, among other activities.  

Tee-off in paradise...

Yas Links
A challenging course, but great for both beginners and experts, is Yas Links, just a pitch and putt from Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.  Rolling fairways, challenging greens and coastal sea breeze have led it to be voted the 24th top golf course outside the USA. There is a fully equipped pro store, a floodlit practice area and putting green, two air-conditioned swing studios and a nine-hole Academy par-3 course ideal for beginners. Beware the rough though. You will never find your ball again...

Talk shop...

Shopping in Abu Dhabi
One of the largest malls in the Middle East and with all the brands you know, and some you've never heard of, all under one roof, Yas Mall is located in the heart of Yas Island. A particular highlight is the massive Ikea, said to one of the largest in the region and an interesting dining experience called Rogos, which serves up American-style cuisine on tornado-shaped rollercoasters that deliver your food right to your seat. 

Staying on Yas?

If you’re staying at one of the hotels on Yas Island, you will have access to the Yas Express which is a free shuttle that travels between the hotel and main attractions on the island. Thompsons Holidays offers a range of four-star packages for hotels on Yas Island, including the Park Inn Yas Island, Radisson Blu Yas Island and the Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island