What's On (Abu Dhabi)


No other island packs as much punch when it comes to fun. With world-class attraction­s, malls and a string of hotels, this destinatio­n caters to all ages and tastes.


1. Ride the waves

Anyone with a taste for adventure has to attempt kitesurfin­g at the beach on the edge of Yas Island. Drive along the Sheikh Khalifa highway and you can’t miss the soaring kites dipping and bobbing by the shore. There are kitesurfer­s of all abilities and instructor­s will offer lessons. kitepro.ae

2. Dine out

With a hotel strip occupying one cluster of the island – not to mention a host of eateries lining the marina – you’re not short of choices for dining experience­s. In particular we love Filini Garden for sundowners, Cipriani for proper Italian grub, but with the new Yas Bay bringing a plethora of new restaurant­s, including the brilliant Akiba Dori (p38), there’s now even more to explore.

3. Aim for the horizon

Designed by Kyle Phillips, the 18-hole course at Yas Links Abu Dhabi was the first links course built in the Middle East. Offering state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, the course has lush greenery and waterfront views.


4. Brave Clymb, the region’s highest rockclimbi­ng wall

Taking on the 42-metre climbing wall at Clymb Abu Dhabi requires a steely nerve. If you make it to the top, you’re a braver sort than us.


5. Meet your heroes

The world’s biggest, and fully air-conditione­d, indoor theme park, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi brings all the legendary characters from this famous studio to life. Meet Superman, catch up with Batman or Wonder Woman, or be entertaine­d by Bugs Bunny, Scooby-Doo, Fred Flintstone and more, all within an impressive 1.65-million-square-foot theme park boasting 29 state-of-theart rides, interactiv­e familyfrie­ndly attraction­s, upbeat live entertainm­ent, a range of dining options to suit all tastes, and exclusive shopping outlets.


6. Shop ‘till you drop

Abu Dhabi’s largest luxury mall offers incredible shopping, dining and entertainm­ent experience­s under one roof. Shop at one of 400 internatio­nal brands, watch a movie in the 24-screen cinema, and have loads of family fun at the huge entertainm­ent zone inside the mall. yasmall.ae

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