The Story of Yas Island

In 2006 Yas Island was still just a blueprint for a world-class destination, an ambitious Emirati dream. Today, we are a leading leisure, corporate and entertainment destination welcoming millions of visitors every year. We’re proud of how we have grown, and of all the hard work and commitment that has enabled us to get here. Take a closer look at our story so far.

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Realising the dream

In 2006 Aldar Properties initiated the development of Yas Island, with the goal of turning the island into a leading destination for tourists and business travelers from around the world. More than $40 billion has been invested to develop the island, set to complete an additional phase of construction in 2018.

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July 2006

July 2006

Development work commences on Yas Island

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September 2007

September 2007

Contracts awarded to commence dredging work for Yas Marina

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November 2007

November 2007

The foundation stone for Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is laid

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November 2009

November 2009

Sebastian Vettel wins the first Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit

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November 2010

November 2010

After 3 years of development, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi opens its doors to the world

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March 2010

March 2010

The official launch of the region’s first true Links golf course, designed by Kyle Philips

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January 2013

January 2013

Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi opens its doors to thrill-seekers from across the region

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November 2014

November 2014

Yas Mall welcomes visitors to 2.5 million square feet of retail, dining and entertainment space

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April 2016

April 2016

Miral Asset Management officially announces plans to open Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi

Now

Today Yas Island boasts a number of the top regional attractions including Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and the famed Yas Marina Circuit. There’s plenty to do for business travellers and tourists, and with every attraction within 7 minutes of all others, it’s no wonder 25 million visitors from the UAE and abroad chose to come to Yas Island in 2015.

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25 million visitors

25 million visitors

Yas Island welcomed 25 million visitors in 2015 alone

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Best names in music

Best names in music

The du Arena has played host to the best names in Music including Rihanna, the Rolling Stones and Pharrell

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First true links golf course

First true links golf course

Yas Links Abu Dhabi is the region’s first true Links course

The Future

It’s hard to imagine that with all Yas Island already has, there’s still room for another global attraction! The Warner Bros. Abu Dhabi theme park, set to open in 2018, is guaranteed to wow visitors with its rides, legendary experiences and a Warner Bros themed hotel. Make sure to visit the Yas Island website for news on its opening!

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30 million in 2018

30 million in 2018

Annual number of visitors to Yas Island projected to reach 30 million in 2018

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Warner Brothers

Warner Brothers

The list of attractions at Yas Island will continue to grow over the next decade, with Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi opening its doors in 2018

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World’s only Warner Bros. branded hotel

World’s only Warner Bros. branded hotel

The world’s only Warner Bros. branded hotel is to open on Yas Island in 2018

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100,000 residents

100,000 residents

By 2030, Yas Island will be home to 100,000 residents

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