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From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Day Tour with Ferrari World Ticket

1. From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Day Tour with Ferrari World Ticket

Discover the highlights of Abu Dhabi and enjoy a visit to the unique Ferrari World theme park. See the Heritage Village, and ride the Formula Rossa rollercoaster on this day trip from Dubai. Begin your tour with a visit to Sheikh Zayed Mosque, where you can admire the wonderful architecture that defines the beauty of Islamic art. Continue on to the Emirates Palace, an inspiring hotel in the city with 114 magnificent domes and fantastic suites decorated with gold and marble. You will then visit the Heritage Village, where you can learn more about the life of the Bedouins. Afterward you can enjoy the views of Abu Dhabi’s impressive skyline as you drive on to Al Corniche. The second half of your day trip takes you to the largest indoor theme park in the world – the Ferrari World. Experience the breathtaking rush of speed on the Formula Rossa rollercoaster and test your driving skills on one of the many simulators. Experience the different performances, marvel at the impressive dance and acrobatic shows, or enjoy go-karting.

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Abu Dhabi: Half-Day Guided City Tour

2. Abu Dhabi: Half-Day Guided City Tour

Explore the fast-changing landscape of Abu Dhabi on a half-day city sightseeing tour with a guide in your chosen language. You’ll visit traditional and contemporary landmarks such as the Grand Mosque and the attractions along the Corniche. Following a pick-up at your hotel in Abu Dhabi (please note pick-up from Dubai is not possible), you’ll drive to the spectacular Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, considered the key site for worship in the United Arab Emirates. Marvel at the main features inside and out, such as the inner courtyard and minaret, design motifs of Naskhi, Thuluth and Kufic calligraphy and slender columns reflected in the water. Then the drive takes you back towards the Persian Gulf, as you admire the modern-day developments along the Abu Dhabi Corniche. Admire some of the world’s most ultra-modern, breathtaking skyscrapers and luxury hotels such as Emirates Palace, facing the pristine beach. Visit the traditional vegetable, dates and fish markets of Port Zayed, to the northeast of the city. Due to its strategic position in the heart of the city, Port Zayed has been instrumental in bolstering Abu Dhabi’s international trade, and plays a pivotal role in Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030, the government’s drive to achieve economic diversification. The tour ends with the opportunity to take photos of Heritage Village, a reconstructed desert village.

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Abu Dhabi: Yas Marina Circuit Venue Tour

3. Abu Dhabi: Yas Marina Circuit Venue Tour

Go behind the scenes of the glamorous Formula 1 motor racing world on a guided tour (90 - 120 minute duration) of the state-of-the-art Yas Marina Circuit on Yas Island Abu Dhabi. Now open to the general public for escorted track tours, the Yas Marina Circuit tour is a must for all visitors to Abu Dhabi along with all motorsports fans. Travel to key points by air-conditioned bus. Start at Yas Central where the racing activities of the Yas Racing School are showcased. Learn about the different race cars of Yas Marina Circuit, including the latest F1 model. Next, go to the North Grandstand to see what the spectators see from the Du Arena View. If there are no events happening, you will continue through the race track by bus, passing areas like the Drag Strip, Kartzone, Shams Tower and Yas Marina View. See the F1 team pits and garages for a closer understanding of what is required to host a successful F1 race. Then, have your photo taken on the podium holding a race trophy!

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Abu Dhabi: Hop-On Hop-Off Premium or Deluxe Ticket

4. Abu Dhabi: Hop-On Hop-Off Premium or Deluxe Ticket

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates where Arabian charm blends into futuristic fantasy. Hop on this tour to discover rich tradition at the Grand Mosque and Heritage Village, the modern majesty at the Louvre. Explore the man-made Yas Island on the ‘Yas Island Drive’, which includes stops at the Yas F1 Marina Circuit, home of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and world-class attractions such as Ferrari World, Yas Waterworld and Warner Bros theme parks. Explore the 20 stops in Abu Dhabi at your own pace and according to your preferred schedule with a 2-day or 5-day pass to the city’s open-top, climate-controlled sightseeing bus. On board, you will learn about the United Arab Emirate’s rapid development and cultural history via the prepared commentary in 8 languages. The Big Bus ticket combines 2 routes: the City Tour Route, which lasts 2 hours without hopping off, and the Yas Island Route, which takes 1.5 hours without hopping off. Choose from a Premium or Deluxe ticket and benefit from additional discounts or experiences, and Free Night Tour (Deluxe only). Tickets are valid during the hours of operation. City Tour Route stops include: Abu Dhabi Mall Abu Dhabi Promenade Public Beach Al Bahar Beach Heritage Village Dhow Cruise Marina Mall Bay View Founders Memorial Emirates Palace Presidential Palace Al Hosn Fort World Trade Centre Galleria Yas Island Route stops include: Abu Dhabi Mall The Louvre Museum Yas Mall Sheik Zayed Mosque Wahat Al Karma Memorial Eastern Mangroves

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Abu Dhabi: Classic 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

5. Abu Dhabi: Classic 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Explore Abu Dhabi at your own pace and according to your preferred schedule with a classic one-day pass to the city, which includes 14 stops. Board an open-top, climate-controlled sightseeing bus where you will learn about the United Arab Emirate’s capital city's rapid development and cultural history via the prepared commentary in 8 languages.  Abu Dhabi is the capital of the UAE where Arabic charm blends into futuristic fantasy. Hop on our 1 Day Hop-on Hop-off tour to discover rich tradition at the Grand Mosque and Heritage Village and modern majesty at the Louvre. The City Tour Route stops include:• Abu Dhabi Mall• Louvre Museum • Abu Dhabi Promenade • Public Beach • Al Bahar Beach• Heritage Village• Marina Mall• Bay View • Founders Memorial • Emirates Palace • Presidential Palace• Al Hosn Fort • World Trade Center• Galleria

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Abu Dhabi: Full-Day Tour From Dubai with Optional Lunch

6. Abu Dhabi: Full-Day Tour From Dubai with Optional Lunch

The first stop on this 9-hour tour is Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world. The exquisite structure is clad in white marble and features intricate Islamic carvings. Continue on to Yas Island and see Ferrari World before stopping at the Yas Mall and enjoy lunch. Drive through the Saadiyat Island project, where the Louvre and Guggenheim museums are being built. Visit local markets and drive along the Corniche, past gleaming white mosques, the Emirates Palace and elegant high-rise apartments. Stop at the Heritage Village, which depicts the traditional daily activities of the Arab community prior to the discovery of oil.

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Abu Dhabi: Yas Marina Circuit Kartzone

7. Abu Dhabi: Yas Marina Circuit Kartzone

Revel in the excitement of a karting session at the Yas Kart Zone, Yas Marina Circuit Abu Dhabi. Once you have registered, change into the provided full gear, and enjoy a mandatory safety briefing. Then, you are set to go for a 10-15 minutes driving session around the track. You don’t have to be a professional racer to get a feel for the sport. Beginners are welcome. Before you know it, you will get the hang of the 800-meter track as you reach speeds of up to 60 kilometers per hour. The lap tracking system will chart your performance, helping you to improve your karting skills for next time.

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Big Bus Classic Abu Dhabi and Dubai Hop-on Hop-off Ticket

8. Big Bus Classic Abu Dhabi and Dubai Hop-on Hop-off Ticket

This Abu Dhabi and Dubai twin city ticket provides you with access to classic hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus with a 1-day ticket in both of these iconic cities. Explore Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, and see Dubai's most famous sights, from the Burj Al Arab hotel and the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, to the traditional souks along the Dubai Creekside. Buses depart regularly between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM and you can hop-on and off as many times as you like during the validity of your ticket. Digitally recorded commentary in 12 languages is available on the buses, and the Dubai tour also includes a Dhow river cruise and free entry to both the Dubai Museum and Sheikh Saeed al Maktoum’s House. Dubai City Tour stops include: City Tour Red Route Wafi, The Pyramids Entrance Dubai Mall Dubai Fountain Burjuman Dubai Museum Old Souk Heritage Village Gold Souq Spice Souk Riviera Baniyas Road  Dhow Wharfage Deira City Center Beach Tours Green Route Dubai Mall City Walk Union House Jumeirah Mosque Mercato Jumeirah Kite Beach Jumeirah Public Beach Burj Al Arab Souk Madinat Atlantis the Palm Al Ittihad Park Mall of the Emirates Marina Tours Blue Route Mall of the Emirates Dubai Marina Marina Mall Pier 7 The Beach Marina Promenade  Marina Quays Boulevard Bayside Tallest Block Media City Souk Madinat Museums Dubai Museum Coin Museum Shindagha Museum Horse Museum Spice & Gold Souk District Museum of Poet Al-Oqaili and more Dhow Cruises Creek Dhow Cruise  Marina Dhow Cruise Water Bus Marina Water Bus Abu Dhabi: 2 Routes in 1 Ticket Explore Abu Dhabi at your own pace and according to your preferred schedule with a 1-day pass to the city’s open-top, climate-controlled sightseeing bus. On board, you will learn about the United Arab Emirate’s rapid development and cultural history via the prepared commentary in 8 languages. The Big Bus ticket combines the choice of 2 routes: the Red Route (City Tour), which lasts 2 hours without hopping off, and the Island Shuttle (Yas Island) which is 2 hours. Tickets are valid for 1 day or 2 days, depending on the ticket purchased. There are 22 stops on the Big Bus Abu Dhabi itinerary. Red Route stops includes: Marina Mall Etihad Tower Etihad Gallery The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi Mall Saadiyat Island Exhibition Centre Abu Dhabi Corniche Souk WTC Al Hosn Fort Markaziyah Park Public Beach Heritage Centre Dhow Corniche Cruise Island Shuttle stops includes: Manarat Al Saadiyat Ferrari World Theme Park & Yas Mall Yas Plaza Masdar City Yas Viceroy Yas Marina Yas Marina Circuit Yas Waterworld park Free shuttles depart from WAFI Mall in Dubai and return from Marina Mall Abu Dhabi back to Dubai 6 days a week, except Friday. The free shuttle that runs from the cruise terminal to WAFI Mall (main starting point) is provided exclusively for cruise passengers and is available during the Cruise season in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The Dubai to Abu Dhabi shuttle is currently available on: • Departure from Dubai to Abu Dhabi: 08:30 from WAFI, arrival at approx. 10:30 at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque  • Departure from Abu Dhabi back to Dubai: 17:00 from Marina Mall Abu Dhabi • From 15 October, departures will take place every day (except Fridays when the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is closed) The shuttle service only runs between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

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Abu Dhabi: City Tour and Desert Safari Package

9. Abu Dhabi: City Tour and Desert Safari Package

This package offers a special combination of a 4-hour morning guided city tour and a 6-hour evening desert safari experience. Begin your day exploring the vibrant city of Abu Dhabi and conclude it amongst the calming views of sand dunes in the desert. Take a break between activities in the comfort of your accommodation. The morning Abu Dhabi city tour begins with a 1-hour visit to the divine Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Marvel at the structure and the gold, marble, stone, and crystals used to design the mosque. See how as one of the largest mosques in the world, approximately 40,000 people can be accommodated at the same time. Afterward, visit the Heritage Village, a reconstructed Emirati village and get a glimpse into the traditional Bedouin way of life. Next, drive to Saadiyat Island and Yas Island. See the Yas Marina circuit that has hosted the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix since 2009. Drive pass through the Corniche and admire the scenic beauty of the Arabian Sea. Take a brief photo stop at Abu Dhabi’s iconic Emirates Palace. Conclude your morning tour with a stroll through a dates market. In the afternoon get picked up for your even desert safari by a professional safari marshal in a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Head out to explore the Arabian desert and experience the adrenaline as the sand sweeps around your vehicle and you cascade on the steep sand dunes. Visit a camel farm in the middle of the desert to meet and feed camels. Go to a Bedouin desert camp and enjoy a warm welcome with Arabic coffee and dates. Test your balancing skills in an exhilarating sandboarding experience or try out the other cultural activities available for you like camel riding, henna painting, shisha, or taking photos in Arabic costumes. Also, have the chance to take a picture with a falcon. Wind down while enjoying an entertaining Tanoura dance and a breathtaking belly dance performance under the gleaming desert sky. Indulge in a scrumptious barbecue dinner with unlimited soft drinks and shisha smoking. Once the adventures and activities are wrapped up, the lights of the camp will be doused. Sit back and gaze at the desert and the star-lit sky for a few peaceful moments before heading back to your accommodation.

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From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Small-Group Day-Tour with Lunch

10. From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Small-Group Day-Tour with Lunch

Discover the historic monuments and modern developments of Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirate and one of the most forward-looking cities in the Arabian Gulf, on a full-day tour from Dubai. Following a pickup from your hotel or accommodation, transfer to Abu Dhabi, a drive of approximately 1-hour. Stop to admire the golden minarets of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the largest mosque in the UAE, located at the entrance to the capital. Continue to the leaning Capital Gate Hyatt Hotel. Next, discover one of the landmarks of the city at the stunning Emirates Palace Hotel, boasting 1.3 kilometers of private beach and 85 hectares of gardens. Next, experience the more traditional side of the city at Heritage Village, where the museum details the customs of the Arabs before the discovery of oil. Enjoy a delicious lunch at one of the city’s luxurious 4 star hotels. After lunch, marvel at the dynamic developments of Saadiyat Islands. Then, en route back to Dubai, see the world’s only theme park dedicated to the Ferrari marque, along with the UAE’s high-tech Formula 1 racing circuit at Ferrari World on Yas Island.

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Planning Your Visit

  • Where to stay

    Yas Island has no shortage of luxury hotels, including the five-star Yas Viceroy, which straddles the island's Formula 1 circuit! At Yas Plaza choose from an impressive selection of places to stay, including the Crowne Plaza, Staybridge Suites, Rotana, Radisson Blu, Centro, and Park Inn.

  • Where to eat

    Many of Yas' best restaurants can be found at its hotels, including the Rotana's Blue Grill steakhouse and top Indian restaurant Rangoli. Not sure what you're in the mood for? Then head to Yas Mall to browse a variety of options to suit any price range. There's a food court, sure, but many of its best eateries are dotted all over the place. It's worth exploring, so don't go when you're already ravenous!

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Make the most of the coolest period of the year, between November and February!
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult entry from Sundays to Thursdays is 50 AED, while under 16's must pay 35 AED. On Fridays and Saturdays, the prices are doubled. Under 8's get in for free at all times.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Yas Island is whatever you make of it, so a guide isn't completely necessary!
  • How to get there
    From Abu Dhabi, simply go to the main bus station and take the 190 bus to Yas Island. Buses from Dubai depart from Dubai Al Ghubaiba Bus Station.
  • Additional information
    Wear sensible footwear and comfortable clothes! Why not do some research on the website beforehand to see what activities on offer, so that you're well-prepared and don't regret forgetting your bathing suit?

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What people are saying about Yas Island

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 9,524 reviews

This tour was definitely worth it. It was very nice and our driver was very nice and friendly. We had a wonderful day, the food was delicious (buffet) and the show was amazing. I can only recommend it.

Muito bonita a Mesquita! o Parque da Ferrari ße bem bacana, algumas atracasse não recomendo para pessoas de coração fraco... e infelizmente algumas atrações como o simulador tem que pagar por fora.

It was a very good experience. I want to give a special shout-out to our guide Mr Zeeshan Niazi—his knowledge of the circuit, and cars in general was exceptional.

Perfect!!! Great guide, who is a racing driver himself and has a lot of information and is funny, just park at Gate 6! Is right at the meeting point !!

Excellent tour and the guide was super attentive. It's definitely worth it!