The Yas Island Explorer’s Guide: A Look at Its Top 5 Award-Winning Attractions

In 2022, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi’s top leisure and entertainment destination, received over 80 awards from various awarding bodies, including the highly coveted World’s Leading Theme Park Destination.

The island’s theme parks also won several awards, including the World’s Leading Theme Park, the Middle East’s Leading Theme Park, the Middle East’s Leading Water Park and the Middle East’s Leading Tourist Attraction.

Yas Island and its world-famous attractions have earned these accolades from The World Travel Awards, Arabian Best of Best Awards, International Travel Awards and What’s On Awards.

The awards and accolades these world-renowned theme parks in Abu Dhabi have received make Yas Island one of the top places you have to visit at least once in your life.

Exploring Yas Island’s Award-Winning Attractions

If you’re curious about why Yas Island has been receiving numerous awards, satiate your curiosity by visiting these top attractions:

1. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

2022’s World’s Leading Theme Park and the Middle East’s Leading Theme Park deserves the spot at the top of your list for several reasons.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is the only Ferrari-inspired theme park on the planet. This destination is home to over 40 rides and attractions, some of which hold world records.

The park’s world record holding rides include:

  • Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest roller coaster with a speed that can reach from 0 to 240 km per hour within 4.9 seconds.
  • Flying Aces, a ride featuring the world’s highest roller coaster loop.
  • Mission Ferrari, a multisensory 5D rollercoaster experience featuring the first sideways coaster drop in the world and several high-speed launches and backward inverted loops.

Aside from these rides, you also need to try these attractions:

  • Fiorano GT Challenge
  • Formula Rossa Junior
  • Flying Wings
  • Turbo Track
  • Turbo Tower
  • Scuderia Challenge
  • Bell’ Italia
  • Galleria Ferrari

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi also has several restaurants and cafes offering the best of Italian and American cuisines.

Lastly, splurge on a variety of Ferrari collectibles at the onsite stores to bring home souvenirs of your visit here.

2. Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi

Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi, the Middle East’s Leading Tourist Attraction in 2022, offers a variety of rides and experiences that will give you a fun, memorable time on Yas Island.

The world’s largest indoor theme park features more than 29 rides and attractions inspired by Warner Bros. World’s most iconic TV and movie franchises, including Tom and Jerry, Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones and the Justice League.

Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi’s most sought-after rides and attractions include the following:

  • The Flintstones Bedrock River Adventure
  • Fast and Furry-ous
  • Tom and Jerry: Swiss Cheese Spin
  • Scooby-Doo: The Museum of Mysteries
  • Ani-Mayhem
  • Acme Factory
  • The Jetsons Cosmic Orbiter
  • Batman: Knight Flight
  • The Joker Funhouse
  • Justice League: Warworld Attacks
  • Superman 360: Battle for Metropolis

These attractions are spread across six lands.

Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi has an exciting variety of onsite dining and shopping options. Keep your eyes peeled for fun shows featuring your favorite cartoon characters as well.

Yas Island Map
Illustrated aerial view of Yas Island

3. Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

2022’s Middle East’s Leading Water Park is one of the biggest and most popular water parks in Abu Dhabi. It is home to more than 40 fun water rides and slides.

The waterpark features three world record holding water rides, which are the following:

  • Bubbles Barrel, a double hump speed slide with the largest surfing sheet wave in the world.
  • Dawwama, the world’s biggest six-person tornado water coaster.
  • Falcons Falaj, the world’s longest six-seater water coaster.

Other must-try waterslides and rides include the following:

  • Bandit Bomber
  • Liwa Loop
  • Hamlool’s Humps
  • Slithers Slides
  • Jebel Drop
  • Sebag

Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi also boasts the region’s only 5D water adventure and the world’s first pearl diving experience in an underwater tank.

This waterpark is teeming with restaurants, snack stands and shopping outlets, elevating your entire experience here.

If you want to save money on your tickets, check their website for the latest theme park deals.

4. CLYMB Abu Dhabi

With the world’s largest indoor flight chamber and the region’s tallest indoor climbing wall as its main attractions, CLYMB Abu Dhabi deserves last year’s award for the Middle East’s Leading Adventure Tourist Attraction.

CLYMB Abu Dhabi is home to the world’s tallest and first indoor multi-pitch climbing wall, The SUMMYT.

This climbing wall features 13 routes and five walls, with The SUMMYT as the highest, which stands at 138 ft or 42 m from the ground.

If you want to try indoor skydiving, you’ll get the ultimate experience at CLYMB Abu Dhabi’s indoor flight chamber, the tallest and widest in the world.

The indoor flight chamber is 32 feet wide and 104 feet tall. It is powered by 16 specially designed fans.

With these two features, your CLYMB Abu Dhabi wall climbing and indoor skydiving tickets will give you a memorable and exciting adventure.

SeaWorld Abu Dhabi
SeaWorld Abu Dhabi

5. SeaWorld Abu Dhabi

SeaWorld Abu Dhabi is the newest theme park on Yas Island. But even if it hasn’t won any accolades yet, it will surely earn a lot in the coming years.

SeaWorld Abu Dhabi is the first marine life and another best theme park in the UAE. It houses over 100,000 animals and 75 interactive experiences and rides.

The park is divided into eight immersive realms, which are:

  • Abu Dhabi Ocean
  • One Ocean
  • Arctic
  • Antarctica
  • Rocky Point
  • Tropical Ocean
  • Endless Ocean
  • MicroOcean

SeaWorld Abu Dhabi features the world’s largest marine-life aquarium. It contains 25 million liters of water and houses over 68,000 marine animals.

The park also boasts the world’s first roller coaster with zero gravity flip-outs, the Manta Coaster.

The great thing about visiting Yas Island is that it is only 30 minutes from the center of Abu Dhabi and 10 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Because of this, you can easily visit the city’s other top tourist attractions including the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Emirates Palace, Heritage Village, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Qasr Al Watan, the country’s official presidential palace.

With numerous accolades under its belt, it’s time for you to discover why Yas Island is the most awarded destination in Abu Dhabi.

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