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Sir Bani Yas Island is one of the largest natural islands in the United Arab Emirates. The name ‘Sir Bani Yas’ Island originates from the Bani Yas tribe, who first inhabited Abu Dhabi 250 years ago. The Island was originally developed as a wildlife reserve by the late founder and president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in 1971 to ensure the survival of Arabia’s endangered species.
Arabian Wildlife Park
Wild life comes first on Sir Bani Yas Island, and the Island is home to over 30 species of free-roaming animals. Key to the environmental and conservation efforts on the island is the creation of the Arabian Wildlife Park. This 4100 hectare area (almost over 50% of the size of the island) is dedicated to breeding and rehabilitation of animals indigenous to the Arabian Peninsula, and already houses over 10,000 animals. The iconic animal species in the Park is the Critically Endangered Arabian Oryx. This unique indigenous animal has been classified as extinct in the wild since the 1960s. Today, Sir Bani Yas Island is home to a herd of over 500.
Desert Islands Resort  Spa by Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara
Set on the island haven of Sir Bani Yas, just off the coast of Abu Dhabi, Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara is regarded as one of the most luxurious Abu Dhabi resorts offering intrepid travellers an unforgettable island escape in one of the region’s most spectacular destinations. The five-star Desert Islands Resort & Spa offers luxury rooms, suites and beach villas, a lavish spa and three dining experiences. The Resort was named among the world’s top 70 resorts and the region’s top two hotels by CondeNast Traveller’s 2009 Hot List.

  • Guests can view this special destination via a range of special outdoor activities, designed to be minimally impactful on the environment.
  • Nature inspired activities are part of the visitor experience on Sir Bani Yas island such nature and wildlife drives, mountain biking, kayaking, sailing, cruising, hiking, snorkelling, archery and many more.  
  • Expert guides from all over the world, are on hand to guide and inform guests during all activities, to ensure their safety and the preservation of the ecosystem on the island.
  • Nature & Wildlife Drives: Experience the grand tour of Sir Bani Yas Island as you join experts on a 2 hour wildlife adventure. Guides will show a range of free-roaming indigenous and non indigenous animals, many endangered, while you tour the beautiful landscape.
  • Mountain Biking:  Explore the rugged landscape of Sir Bani Yas Island via pedal power.  There is a range of different biking levels from scenic beginner courses to high impact mountain biking through the Arabian Wildlife Park.  Buggies are available for small children, to ensure biking is a family affair.
  • Nature & Wildlife Walks: There’s no better way to explore the nature of Sir Bani Yas Island than on your own two feet. The island offers a variety of hiking experiences for all ages and fitness levels. Feel a sense of achievement after reaching the top of the salt-dome hilltops where you’ll be greeted with 360 degrees island views.
  • Archery: Archery is a long-cherished tradition of Arabia. Sir Bani Yas Island offers training and equipment for beginners and enthusiasts to practise archery under expert guidance.
  • Sailing: There is a diverse range of sailing experiences for all ages and abilities on Sir Bani Yas Island.  Those attempting sailing for the first time can take one hour introductory sailing lessons under the watchful eye of  skilled instructors and seasoned mariners will have the opportunity to hire a sail boat and enjoy the sparkling waters of the Arabian Gulf.
  •  Kayaking: Explore the bird sanctuaries and large mangrove areas on the North-Eastern side of Sir Bani Yas Island by kayak. The quiet waters will provide an appreciation of the abundant avian and marine life in this protected location.
  • Snorkelling: Discover the secrets of the world beneath the surface of the Arabian Gulf.  From the beautiful Eastern beach, explore the warm waters abundant with marine life thanks to the 8km no fishing zone surrounding the island.  Spot large Hammour, sea turtles and colourful fish for a relaxing day in the outdoors.
  • Archaeological Site Tour: Witness the ongoing archaeological excavations on the eastern side of Sir Bani Yas Island. Marvel at the uncovered remains of an early Christian monastery, a spectacular site dating as far back as the late 6th century AD – the only early Christian site in the UAE, and of international historical significance.
  • Falcon Show – Watch a sunset beach show demonstrating the interaction between human and falcon. Suitable for the entire family, the falcon show includes a 30 minute talk  followed by a 10 minute flight and feed of the falcon.
  • Interactive Falcon Experience – Enjoy an early start to the day on the eastern side of the island by visiting the falcon mews. Get introduced to rare birds including golden eagles and hawks and experience the thrill of having a trained falcon land on your gloved hand.

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