island in United Arab Emirates

Sir Bani Yas Island is in Abu Dhabi.

A 2010 picture of Sir Bani Yas Island from space

Understand

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Sir Bani Yas Island is 170 km southwest of the city of Abu Dhabi and 9 km offshore from Marsa Jebel Dhanna. The island is the UAE's largest naturally-occurring one, at 17 1/2 km from north to south and 9 km from east to west. Sir Bani Yas plays host to a wildlife reserve whose area is over 87 km2. Many varieties of animals, birds and plants live on the island, and in the water, there are dolphins and turtles.

Get in

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Arabian oryxes on the island

Take the E11 in the direction of Ruwais, roughly a 3-hour drive. Follow signs for a turnoff to Marsa Jebel Dhanna. From there, a water taxi to the island takes 20 minutes. If you are staying in one of Anantara's resorts on the island, the water taxi is complimentary, but you should contact crome@anantara.com and provide your reservation number to have a seat reserved for you.

You could also take a limo from Abu Dhabi city or Dubai or a chartered plane from Abu Dhabi city, if you really have money to burn.

Get around

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Map of Sir Bani Yas Island

See and do

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One of the resident wild giraffes

The stars of the wildlife preserve are the flora and fauna, and a major attraction, therefore, is to go on a safari. However, you can also experience the island's hilly terrain on a bicycle, hike, snorkel, kayak, or do archery.

Eat and drink

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The resorts have restaurants on the premises. Breakfast is complimentary for guests, but you will have to pay extra for other meals.

Sleep

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Anantara operates all three accommodations on the island. They are all called resorts and priced accordingly.

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