Sir Bani Yas Island is one of the largest natural islands in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and one of the eight islands collectively known as Desert Islands.
In 1971, the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding President of the United Arab Emirates, introduced the 'Greening of the Desert' programme and established Sir Bani Yas as home to one of Arabia's largest wildlife reserves. Today, after decades of conservation work Sir Bani Yas is home to thousands of free-roaming animals and birds, a range of flora and fauna, breeding programmes for endangered species and numerous exciting tourism activities.
Visitors to Sir Bani Yas can explore this unique environment through a range of activities such as: nature and wildlife drives, guided tours, kayaking and mountain biking. Visitors also have access to horse riding at the Sir Bani Yas Stables and a range of marine activities such as diving at the Desert Islands Watersports Centre.
Visitors of the island Sir Bani Yas can stay at the five-star Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara and the luxurious Anantara Al Yamm Villa Resort and Anantara Al Sahel Villa Resort. In addition, Sir Bani Yas offers the perfect venue for meetings and business at the world-class Desert Islands Conference Centre.
Sir Bani Yas is also home to one of the most important archaeological sites in the Middle East. To date, 36 archaeological sites have been discovered, including: a 4,000-year-old circular tomb, a fortified watchtower, a mosque and the remains of a pre-Islamic Christian site; the latter being open for viewing by visitors.
Guests can get to Sir Bani Yas via flights from Abu Dhabi and Dubai, or by car.
At a glance:
- One of Arabia's largest wildlife reserves
- A wide range of leisure activities including: nature and wildlife drives, guided tours, kayaking, mountain biking, horse riding, sailing and diving
- Access to Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara, Anantara Sir Bani Yas Al Yamm Villa Resort, Anantara Sir Bani Yas Al Sahel Villa Resort, Desert Islands Conference Centre, Desert Islands Watersports Centre and Sir Bani Yas Stables
More about Sir Bani Yas Islands region...
Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort
Anantara, Sir Bani Yas, Al Sahel Villa Resort
Sir Bani Yas Archaeological Site
Sir Bani Yas Stables
Desert Islands Watersports
Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara