Sir Bani Yas Island , Abu Dhabi Overview

United Arab Emirates largest natural island and wildlife reserve, Sir Bani Yas Island is located in the Western region of Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the UAE’s founder made an initiative to transform the region into a beautiful natural reserve, giving a home to endangered species. Named after the tribe which first inhabited the island, it was formed when a salt dome was created, which is presently a landmark of the region.

The reserve almost parallels to a South African wildlife sanctuary housing oryxes, gazelles, hyenas, jackals, and cheetahs. Embellished with green carpets and over 2.5 million tree including rare species like thorn acacia or gum tree, the island encapsulates a bird sanctuary holding indigenous to the region as well. The island is a hub for adventure activities kayaking, mountain biking, archery, hiking and snorkeling which showcase the natural surroundings. With the evolution of the island, it also bears luxury resorts for its tourists extending great hospitality. The island holds the responsibility for animal conservation giving animals open spaces to roam about and also protection of critically endangered or vulnerable species like sea turtles, sand gazelles, Urial sheep, Barbary sheep, and Arabian tahr and oryx.

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Things to Do At Sir Bani Yas Island

1. Flank the Arabian Wildlife Park 

The Arabian Wildlife Park is the prime attraction of Sir Yas Bani island. You can take a tour of the park in a land cruiser and witness the magnificent wildlife. You'll be lucky if you spot the wild cheetahs of the park. You are bound to can catch sight of giraffe, wild Arabian oryx and axis deer herds. 

2. Indulge in Adventure Sports 

The wildlife park also offers thrilling activities to its tourists. You can indulge in archery, kayaking, horseback riding across regions of the park, go mountain biking and undertake adventure safaris. 

3. Pay A Visit to the Sir Bani Yas Church and Monastery

A preserved heritage site of UAE, Sir Bani Yas Church, and Monastery is the first Christian site to be discovered in the Arab destination. It is a historic site that has discovered artefacts such as plaster crosses and ceramic objects.

Places To Stay

1. Desert Island Resort and Spa 

The tourism development plan included the building up of a luxury hotel by the Antara chain of hotels. The hotel bears 64 luxurious rooms, a pool, a restaurant, and a spa. 
Address: 12452, Al Ruwais - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
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2. Anantara Yas Island al Yamm Villa Resort

The second establishment of Antara is an added addition to the opulent chain of hotels with accommodations in luxury villas with a view of sandy beaches. It houses over 30 villas which bear grand swimming pools and white sand beaches. 
Address: Sir Bani Yas Island 12452 United Arab Emirates
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3. Anantara Al Sahel Villa Resort

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The third Antar establishment offers home-stay luxuries encapsulated in the park, located in the African savannah way. 

Address: Eastern Island, Sir Bani Yas Island 12452 United Arab Emirates
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Places to Eat

1. Savannah Grill 

This cosy restaurant is a perfect romantic dining spot in the middle of the wildlife island. Offering lip-smacking food, it has a plethora of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. The lamb and sweet potato puree is a big hit at the restaurant. Large portions are served by courteous staff at Savannah Grill. 
Address: Main House, Anantara Al Sahel Villa Resort, Sir Bani Yas Island 12452 United Arab Emirates

2. Olio Restaurant

Serving Italian, European and Mediterranean cuisines in the Arabic land, the restaurant is known for its delectable dishes, classy ambience, and wholesome portions. It also serves gluten-free options. 
Address: Sir Bani Yas Island AD 12452 United Arab Emirates

3. Amwaj Restaurant

Amwaj is a high-end restaurant located by the seaside offering delicious seafood with the soothing sea breeze. The dishes are curated by professional chefs, serving offbeat dishes like pan-seared scallops, sea-food laksa tending to your taste-buds. 
Address: Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa, Sir Bani Yas Island 12452 United Arab Emirates

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