Fast Facts

About Yas Island

A destination for business, leisure and entertainment, Yas Island provides a 360-degree experience for visitors in every varying capacity. The unique facilities that make Yas Island one of UAE’s fastest growing tourist destinations include: Yas Marina Circuit, the official host of the world- famous FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIXTM; Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the world’s largest indoor theme park and home to the world’s fastest roller coaster, Formula Rossa; YasWaterworld Abu Dhabi, where visitors can experience the ultimate water adventure with 45 rides, slides and attractions; Yas Links Abu Dhabi, offering sensational facilities and sea views; Yas Marina, where visitors of all ages can stroll along calm turquoise waters and enjoy world-class dining; and seven stunning hotels offering luxurious yet affordable accommodation, amenities and international cuisines.

General Information

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Location

7 minutes from Abu Dhabi Airport
25 minutes from Central Abu Dhabi
50 minutes from Dubai and Dubai DXB Airport

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Climate

Daytime -35°C (94°F)
Night – 20°C (68°F)

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Religion

Islam

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Time

GMT/UCT + 4 hours
There are no daylight-saving adjustments.

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Language

Arabic
English

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Business Day

Working week – Sunday to Thursday (8am to 1pm, 4.30pm till late in the evening)
The Islamic holy day – Friday

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Banking Hours

Saturday – Thursday (8am to 1pm)
Some banks have small branches based in malls which are open in the evening.

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Electricity

220/240 AC at 50 Hz
Socket type:
Square three-pin 13 amp

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Currency

UAE Dirham (AED /Dhs)

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Tax and Tipping

Tipping is not expected, but is commonly practiced in the emirate. Gratuities to staff at hotels and restaurants are at your discretion. Many fine dining and high-end restaurants may add a service charge (usually around 10%) and a tourism levy of 6% to your bill. These charges are often included in the menu prices and the menu will denote when they are. However, if you are extremely satisfied with the service, do feel free to a tip on top of the 16% fee & services charges included in your bill. If these charges are not included, then you may like to add a 10-15% tip to the total bill.

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Dress Code

As Islam is a way of life in the city, tourists should adopt a certain level of cultural and religious sensitivity for the duration of their stay.

Tourists should wear clothes that:

    • Are not too tight or revealing in shopping malls and other attractions

    • Cover up bare shoulders, arms and legs, and women to wear headscarves at religious sites (such as mosques)

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Health

Yas Island hospitals can handle medical emergency. However, do ensure you have adequate travel insurance that covers you for healthcare. Also, if you have a medical condition that requires ongoing treatment, be sure to bring enough medication with you to last you for your entire stay in Abu Dhabi.

You are also advised to bring along a medical certificate that sanctions the use of such medications due to a ban of certain substances.

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Getting around

There are different types of taxis in Abu Dhabi, and the most common are the silver taxis which are operated by authorised taxi companies. The recently introduced pink taxis are exclusively to female passengers.

Regular meter taxis, specially registered airport taxis and limo services are available for airport transfers. However, do note that there will be a minimum charge per fare of AED 10 after 10pm.

For advance bookings of the transport services, please call the following TransAD hotline: 600 535353

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Visa Requirements

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Credit & Debit Cards

Credit and debit cards are widely accepted.

Foreign currencies can be exchanged in licensed exchange offices, banks and hotels but a passport will be required.

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Security and Emergency Numbers

Police – 999

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Custom Clearance

Passengers are only permitted to bring certain items, such as liquids, gels, pastes, lotions, creams and drinks sealed in containers with a capacity of 100ml or less past the security checkpoint. Items deemed to pose significant health or safety risks to others such as aerosols, potential weapons and flammable materials are not permitted past the security checkpoint as well.

Tourists are therefore advised to check the custom regulations of your destination country before departure.

Recreation & Leisure

Yas Mall

Officially launched in November 2014, Yas Mall offers an exciting range ofenhanced shopping concepts including 450 leading international and regional retail brands, a 20-screen state-of-the-art cinema operated by VOX Cinemas and a family entertainment zone by Funworks. The mall is also directly linked to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the world’s largest indoor theme park.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is located in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. The largest mosque in the country, it is the key place of worship for Friday gathering and Eid prayers. During Eid it may be visited by more than 41,000 people. The project was launched by the late president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who wanted to establish a structure that would unite the cultural diversity of the Islamic world with the historical and modern values of architecture and art. His final resting place is located on the grounds adjacent to the complex.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is an amusement park on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It is the first Ferrari-branded theme park and holds the record of being the largest space frame structure ever built. Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest roller coaster, is also located here. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi was named the “Middle East’s Leading Tourist Attraction” at the World Travel Awards 2015 & 2016. In 2017, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi was named the “Middle East’s Leading Theme Park” at the World Travel Awards.

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