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It’s pretty incredible to think of just how much you can do on Yas Island. In fact, there are so many activities to try that you can plan to visit weekend after weekend and still find something new to get your teeth into. Everyone’s favourite Abu Dhabi island destination has just unveiled a colourful new brand identity, so we say it’s a good time to drive to the capital and check out what’s on offer. Here are just a few of the many things you can do while you’re there.

Ride the world’s fastest rollercoaster and highest loop
If you’re a thrill seeker, you will not want to miss the Formula Rossa at Ferrari World. The ride gives you the chance to go faster than a Formula 1 car – at 240km/h in 4.9 seconds, the fastest rollercoaster in the world isn’t for the faint-hearted, but crossing that finish line will leave you feeling like a true Scuderia Ferrari champion.

Ferrari World is also home to the rollercoaster with the tallest loop on the planet at 52 metres. Flying Aces travels at speeds of up to 120 kilometres per hour, so strap in for a truly exhilarating ride.

Ride the world’s largest sheet wave
At three metres of height, Bubbles’ Barrel at Yas Waterworld is the world’s largest surfable sheet wave; it is made possible by 1,250 pumps pushing a whopping 7,000 litres of water out per second. You can choose to either bodyboard, sit on your knees, or, if you’re a pro, stand up and ride the wave like a surfer.  Surfing not your scene? Not to worry as there are 45 exhilarating rides of all thrill levels for you to enjoy.

Take a sunset cruise from Yas Marina
Take a sunset cruise with Captain Tony’s Charter Cruises from the award-winning 227-berth Yas Marina followed by al fresco dinner and drinks at one of their 7 waterside restaurants and lounges. An active early riser? Try wakeboarding with the team from Eywoa or test your mettle with a CrossFit class at Vogue Fitness.

Shop ‘til you drop at Yas Mall
Indulge in the ultimate retail therapy at Yas Mall.  With 2.5 million square feet of retail and entertainment space, you’ll find over 400 of the world’s top retail brands in one location.  After working up an appetite, visit one of the mall’s 90 restaurants and cafes including those with waterside views at Cascade Dining.

Fulfil your need for speed at Yas Marina Circuit
Grab a group of friends and head down to Yas Marina Circuit to channel your inner Lewis Hamilton through any number of driver experiences on the 5.5 km track.  Pedal power more your speed? Try for your cycling PB during Yas Marina Circuit’s Train Yas, or women’s only Go Yas, training nights.

Make sure you remember to share your favourite Yas Island moments – past, present and potential – with the hashtag #YasDream. 

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