January 9, 2024

Abu Dhabi is home to over 200 captivating islands. The vibrant city of Abu Dhabi itself rests on an island, just 250 meters (820 feet) from the mainland. Each island has its own unique charm, offering breathtaking views, pristine beaches, diverse wildlife, as well as a rich tapestry of culture and history.


Sir Bani Yas Island

Situated off the coast of Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas Island is a hidden treasure teeming with life and excitement. Established in 1971 as a Royal Nature Reserve, this island is part of the Al Dhafra region. Spanning 87 km², it offers stunning natural landscapes, a variety of wildlife, forty-two historical sites, and thrilling adventure activities. Sir Bani Yas Island is the ultimate getaway for those seeking a perfect blend of luxury, relaxation, and adventure.

The Arabian Wildlife Park, covering more than half of the island, hosts over 17,000 free-roaming animals, including giraffes, gazelles, hyenas, and Arabian oryx. Guests can partake in 4×4 nature and wildlife safaris, equestrian activities, and lessons for the whole family. For a more detailed exploration, Acquera can arrange a customized tour.

The island also holds the distinction of being home to the UAE’s only discovered Christian monastery, thought to have been built around 600AD and abandoned in 750AD, rediscovered during excavations in 1992. Visitors to Sir Bani Yas Island have the option of water taxi transfers and regular taxi services. In addition, the island has its own airport offering the convenience of hiring a private flight.

Hidden treasure situated off the coast of Abu Dhabi


Nurai Island

Nurai Island is conveniently located just a short 15-minute boat ride from Abu Dhabi or an easy 60-minute drive from downtown Dubai.

The name ‘Nurai’ comes from the Arabic word for ‘light,’ and when you arrive, you might need to pinch yourself to believe what you see. The scenery is amazing: clear blue waters of the Arabian Gulf, soft white sandy beaches, and beautiful buildings that blend perfectly with nature. Whether you want a peaceful solo getaway, a family trip, or a fantastic vacation with friends, this island has everything you’re looking for and more.


Al Maryah Island

Explore Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, a premier destination for those who appreciate the finer things in life.

For a leisurely getaway with breathtaking views of the turquoise sea, discover the sprawling The Galleria shopping mall, home to over 400 stores, including brands such as Chanel, Cartier, Dior and more. After a satisfying shopping spree, treat yourself to a delicious meal at renowned restaurants such as Zuma, Nusr-et and Coya along the Al Maryah Island promenade. The mall offers world-class entertainment with the city’s largest theatre, the only IMAX experience, the region’s first National Geographic Ultimate Explorer, three rooftop parks and much more to keep you entertained for hours.

For a day of sun and relaxation by the sea, a short 15-minute drive takes you to nearby Al Maryah Island Beach and the ever-popular Corniche Beach.


Saadiyat Island

Step onto Saadiyat Island, an oasis where culture and tranquility seamlessly merge. This haven is home to cultural icons such as the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and the Zayed National Museum, all masterfully designed by winners of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize. For those seeking enlightenment through art, history and culture, Saadiyat Island offers an ideal retreat, complemented by a selection of world-class resorts in close proximity.

The unique combination of pristine white sand and lush greenery creates an idyllic coastal landscape. As you soak up the natural beauty, keep an eye out for the Hawksbill turtles, a critically endangered species that find sanctuary in this remarkable location.

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