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Explore the stunning islands in Abu Dhabi

Over 200 of the UAE's islands are in Abu Dhabi and many of them are accessible to visitors. The bustling Abu Dhabi city itself is on an island, 250 metres (820 feet) from the mainland. Each island has something special to offer. Think breathtaking views, pristine beaches, surprising wildlife – like Arabian oryx, giraffes, cheetahs, hyenas, flamingoes, heron, foxes and more – rich culture and history, covetable luxury, family-friendly entertainment, championship-standard golf facilities, world-class venues for events, and more. Whether you're on a solo trip or travelling with the family, you're spoilt for choice when it comes to Abu Dhabi islands to visit.

Unbelievable wildlife

Island conservation park

Sir Bani Yas Island, home to 17,000 free-roaming animals, is one of eight islands in Al Dhafra. Experience a 4x4 desert safari at the Arabian Wildlife Park, explore wadis (valleys) on a mountain bike, enjoy watersports, marvel at a centuries-old monastery and stay in five-star luxury.

A slice of paradise

Zaya Nurai, a boutique island resort

The lush Zaya Nurai Island resort is where you’ll find glittering turquoise waters, powder-soft white-sand beaches, green landscapes and an all-villa hotel. Get active with exciting watersports and land-based activities, savour moreish food, and indulge in blissful treatments at the spa.

Retail therapy

Shopping on Al Maryah Island

The glitzy Al Maryah Island is one of the most exclusive neighbourhoods for business and shopping. Find hundreds of designer and high-street stores (including Chanel, Jimmy Choo, Prada, H&M and Zara) at The Galleria mall, as well as some of the finest dining spots.

Turn on the thrill

Adventures on Yas Island

Abu Dhabi's premier entertainment and family destination, Yas Island is home to exciting theme parks such as Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. Enjoy seaside bliss, a championship golf course, climbing fun and high-performance cars.

Art meets conservation

A cultural gem

Head to Saadiyat Island to get your culture fix at Louvre Abu Dhabi and Manarat Al Saadiyat, enjoy downtime at Saadiyat Beach Club, take a swing at the Gary Player-designed Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, relish in five-star luxury accommodation and marvel at the Hawksbill Turtle Conservation Programme.

Soak up history

Pearl-diving island

Dalma Island is a dream for history buffs. This historical pearl-diving island is known as one of the earliest sites of human habitation in the UAE. The fortified home of pearl merchant, Mohammed Bin Jassim Al-Meraikhi, made of beach stone and coral, will leave you in awe.

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Insider tips on exploring Abu Dhabi


Frequently asked questions about Abu Dhabi's islands.

Thanks to its incredible location, Abu Dhabi has 200 islands, many of which are accessible and enjoyable.

Here are the names of some of the more popular islands of Abu Dhabi:

The UAE's largest manmade island is Palm Jumeirah in Dubai and the largest natural island is Sir Bani Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

You can reach out to private tour operators and set up a day trip to Dolphin Island, which is approximately a 30-minute boat ride from the Marsa Al Bateen port.