Living in Yas Island: All You Need to Know

Yas Island is one of the Islands in Abu Dhabi, surrounded by Al Raha Beach, Zaraa Island, and Bin Safwan Beach. The island is one of the places that welcome global performances and important events, including the UFC tournaments and live performances. 

Yas Island

Yas Island

The Island is a house for many attractive events that people don’t like to miss, such as the annual astonishing firework for every Eid and holiday, world tour concerts, live shows like Masha and the Bear, sports events and more. 

Yas Island has another residential side with the needed services and facilities. It enhances the luxurious W hotels and various properties for the upscale community. There are also many things to do in Yas Island, like visiting Yas Bay, and Yas Marina, shopping in Yas Mall, and seeing the fountain and Yas Beach. 


The Island is located in Abu Dhabi; it fosters Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Street as it crosses Yas Island. Residents can quickly go to the nearest areas by Bin Zayed Road. 


Yas Acres is a sub-community on the Island. It has approximately 652 units with different properties like townhouses and villas. The property sizes are varied between 217 – 632 sqm. The community is family-friendly. It contains swimming pools and a golf field.

Nearby Communities 

Al Zeina is one of the nearest communities to the island, it’s only 14 minutes. Al Khanoor community is another nearby community. It’s 17 minutes away from the Island. 

Nearby Attractions

There are many nearby attractions to the Island that are reachable due to the existence of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Road. Here are the closest attractions to the island: 

  • Al Raha Beach: 16 minutes away
  • Abu Dhabi International Airport: 16 minutes away
  • Louver Museum: 20 minutes away
  • Bin Safwan Beach: 22 minutes away 


street in yas island

Yas Island has a public bus from Abu Dhabi to Dubai and vice versa. Yas Island bus is the way to go around areas between the two cities. Car lifts and taxis are also other ways of transportation. 

Educational Institutions 

The area has schools and nurseries for different stages and requested curriculum like the British and American. There are other educational institutions in the area, such as Yas Racing School and Pure Talent Music Institute. 


SABIS is a popular curriculum that has been created for over a century. The curriculum develops and keeps pace with global development, and the subjects are in English. Fortunately, the curriculum is available in the international school in Yas Island. 

School Contact Information Curriculum 
SABIS International School +971 2 565 0065 SABIS 
West Yas Academy +971 2 885 7000 American 
Yas School +971 2 4119042 Public School 


Residents rely on the two nurseries in Yas Island, which are Blossom Nursery and Yellow Submarine Nursery. Both nurseries offer British Curriculum, and they are known for providing a safe place and a healthy environment.

Nearest Universities 

It’s important to have universities close to residential areas, and the best part about Yas Island is being the centre for services and educational facilities. 

Abu Dhabi University is 29 minutes away, and it can be reached by bus or taxi. The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence is 20 minutes away. While Zayed University is only 27 minutes away. 

Healthcare Establishments

The island does not include a hospital in particular, but luckily, the hospitals are not very far as they can be reached within 30 minutes. 

  • Belhoul Speciality Hospital: 20 minutes away 
  • LLH Hospital Musaffah
  • Burjeel Medical Centre, Al Shahama: 19 minutes away 
  • Abu Dhabi Medical Centre: 25 minutes away 


The island contain many pharmacies, including these: 

  • Nahdi Pharmacy
  • BinSina Pharmacy Yas Mall
  • Al Manara Pharmacy
  • Medicina Pharmacy

Services and Facilities

Yas Island Mall 

Yas Island Mall 

Yas Mall provides a shopping experience from international brands, and grab a bite from one of the restaurants and cafes in the mall. The mall also has skin clinics and pharmacies, also a gym for people who live nearby it. 


It’s easy to find a supermarket as there are many in the area. Here’s what you can find around the communities: 

  • Carrefour Hypermarket
  • Convenio Supermarket LLC
  • Spinneys
  • QKO Asian Market
  • Allday Market
  • Melanyom Supermarket


Rotana Hotel yas island

Whether you’re all about luxury, need a budget-friendly room, or want a family-friendly resort, Yas Island has something for everyone. Let’s dive into your options.

Yas Island enhances chains of international hotels including Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island and Radisson Blu Hotel Abu Dhabi Yas Island hotel. Here are the other hotels in the area. 

Hilton Yas Island

If it’s top-tier comfort you’re after, look no further than Hilton Abu Dhabi. Imagine waking up to breathtaking views of Yas Bay, before heading to a day filled with shopping and full all within walking distance.

Radisson Blu

Want the glam without emptying your wallet? Radisson Blu Yas Island has you covered. Just steps away from the splashing fun at Yas Water Park, this hotel combines style and convenience like a pro.

Yas Island Rotana

If you’re keen to experience local Arab culture but still crave international standards, Yas Island Rotana is your spot. The multiple room options and a dedicated family pool area make it the go-to place for family bonding.

Crowne Plaza

For those who blend business with pleasure, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island is your ultimate multitasking basecamp. From a top-notch golf course to a gym that means business, this hotel leaves no room for the ‘all work, no play’ mantra.

Centro Yas Island

Traveling on a shoestring but not keen on cutting corners? Centro Yas Island offers affordability without skimping on comfort. Plus, its close proximity to the airport is perfect for those sneaky layovers.

W Abu Dhabi

For those who live life in the fast lane, W Yas Island brings the energy and style of New York right to Abu Dhabi. It’s cool, chic and full of youth.

Park Inn

Need a fuss-free, budget-friendly option? Say hello to Park Inn by Radisson Abu Dhabi Yas Island. With easy access to all the island’s hotspots, this hotel offers comfort without the high-end price tag.

If you have any inquires you can contact these Hotels on the following numbers:

Hotels Contact Information 
Rotana Hotel +971 2 656 4000
Crowne Plaza +971 2 656 3000
Hilton +971 2 208 6888
Radisson Blu Yas Island+971 2 656 2000
Staybridge Suites +971 2 656 3333
Park Inn By Radisson +971 2 656 2222
Centro Yas Island+971 2 656 4444

Yas Island Restaurants

You can grab a bite with family and friends while enjoying the waterfronts and the unique decorations and lighting. The following are the popular restaurants in the area: 

  • Ishtar Yas Marina
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • Table Otto 
  • Al Fanar Restaurant & Cafe 
  • Leen’s Yas Mall
  • Diablito
  • Amici
  • Iris
  • Cipriani


Cafes are the place to seek quietness and enjoy a cup of coffee or a beverage, with a delicious dessert or a snack. Cafes in Yas Island have beautiful designs and chic atmosphere as: 

  • Belgian Cafe
  • Es Vedra Abu Dhabi
  • Illy Caffe 
  • Together cafe
  • Forever Rose Cafe
  • Rainforest Cafe Restaurant
  • Ground Cafe

Fitness Centres

Gyms are indispensable for many people. Luckily, there are gyms on Yas Island with professional instructors, such as: 

  • Vogue Fitness
  • FIT. | Yas Mall
  • The Warehouse Gym Yas Bay
  • Rotana Fitness and swimming pools

Things to Do 

Besides the incredible global events that we mentioned earlier, there are other solid attractions on the island, which makes it a perfect place to live. Here’s a brief about each. 

1. Ferrari World Yas Island 

Ferrari World Yas Island 

Ferrari World Yas Island is one of the main attractions on the island, Ferrari world has one of the fastest roller-coasters in the world! And it offers the experience of sitting behind the wheels and getting the heartbeat up by driving a sports car. 

2. Visiting SeaWorld 

The Marine Life Theme Park offers to see 100 sea animals, and the place is perfectly prepared for visitors as it includes 17 dining areas and 13 retail outlets. 

3. Yas Island Water Park

The water park has over 40 rip-roaring rides and slithering slides full of adventures and excitement. The ticket prices are between AED 250 – 900, and the annual pass is between AED 1,000 – 3,000. 

4. Yas Island Beach 

Yas Beach has resorts and choices of activities for family and friends. For people who stay in the Yas Plaza Hotel, the entrance cost AED 50 for adults and AED 25 for 8 – 16 ages. But the prices are different on the weekends, it costs AED 100 for adults and AED 50 for kids. Guests can benefit from hotel vouchers and get a discount, and keep in mind that children under 8 enter for free. 

4. Parks 

Yas Gateway parks is the place to go when you want to get fresh air and wander between the arms of nature. The park has places for walks and a playing area for kids. 

Etihad Park is another place to consider going out for a walk or for a run, the park also witnesses global performances such as the UFC and has an open-air theatre with the latest movies. Live concerts are also held in Etihad Park.  


compound in yas island

Both rental and sale properties are available on the community island. They are distinct by having various amenities, such as balconies, swimming pools, maid’s rooms, gardens, and more, depending on the property type and size. The following are the approximate prices for all. 

Rental Prices

1-bedroom apartmentAED 55,000
2-bedroom apartment:AED 105,000
3-bedroom apartment:AED 120,000
4-bedroom apartment:AED 380,000
2-bedroom villa:AED 185,000
3-bedroom villa:AED 240,000
4-bedroom villa:AED 280,000
5-bedroom villa:AED 300,000

If you are looking for properties for sale in Yas Island. Check the following:

1-bedroom apartmentAED 891,959
2-bedroom apartment:AED 1,603,397
3-bedroom apartment:AED 1,990,000 
4-bedroom apartment:AED 2,752,935
2-bedroom villa:AED 1,950,000
3-bedroom villa:AED 2,850,000 
4-bedroom villa:AED 3,707,234 
5-bedroom villa:AED 4,251,000

We hope you enjoyed reading about Yas Island in Abu Dhabi and discovered the services and facilities. You can also read Top New Projects in Yas Island Abu Dhabi, or other articles about the UAE in the Property Finder blog.

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