ABOUT YAS ISLAND
Living on Yas Island is an experience unlike any other as the area is a hot pot of activity brimming with trendy restaurants, clubs, hotels and more. Easily recognisable because of the impressive Yas Marina, Ferrari World and the Viceroy Hotel, Yas Island is a haven for tourists, renters and investors in Abu Dhabi. The man-made island was, in fact, the 5th most popular area to buy apartments and the 2nd most popular to buy villas in Abu Dhabi as per the Bayut.com Abu Dhabi Real Estate Market Report for 2018. The villas and apartments on Yas Island are firm favourites with Emiratis and expats living in the capital.
This world-renowned entertainment, leisure, retail and residential destination was created by master-developer ALDAR, who are maintaining the island to strict international standards. The island life is perfect for souls who like to paint the town red. This Yas Island area guide gives a unique glimpse of life on this quintessential waterfront paradise.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Home to Yas Marina Circuit, Ferrari World, Yas Waterworld and the largest shopping mall in the capital city, Yas Mall
- Home to several flagship stores including the first Ikea store in Abu Dhabi
- Yas Links Golf Course recognised as the best golf course in the Middle East by Golf Digest Middle East in 2015
- Hosts live performances, sports events and the world-famous Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
- Features some of the best hotels and restaurants in the country
- Well-connected to the main island of Abu Dhabi, short 20-minute drive for cultural capital Saadiyat Island
Yas Island is the luxury centre of the capital, with a selection of upmarket hotels, high-end restaurants and amenities to rival most locations in the world. It’s therefore understandable that Yas Island attracts a lot of investor interest considering the long-term potential of the area. There are several apartments for rent on Yas Island catering to the expat population in the city. Investors can choose from a range of apartments and villas on Yas Island, with a healthy combination of both off-plan and ready properties.
PROPERTIES IN YAS ISLAND
In terms of the properties on Yas Island, there are both apartments and villas on Yas Island. For renting on Yas island, there is a wide selection of apartments ranging from spacious studios, cosy 1-bedroom apartments, family-friendly 2 and 3-bedroom units and even massive 4-bedroom flats. Since the villas on Yas Island are primarily in off plan communities, they have not been opened up for renting as yet. This is however expected to change in the future when these areas are ready for occupancy.
For those looking to invest on Yas Island, some of the best developments on the island for off-plan properties are West Yas and Yas Acres. When it comes to ready properties on Yas Island, Ansam is the popular choice, especially for apartment rentals on Yas Island.
Those moving to Yas Island will be happy to know there is a mix of affordable and high-end properties for rent and sale. In terms of the price for renting on Yas Island, the average asking rent for studios on Yas Island are at AED 75k, 1-bedroom apartments on Yas island go for AED 100k and 2-bedrooms will set you back by AED 136k. There are currently only a few villas for rent on Yas Island, but you can invest in a house in one of the off-plan communities on Yas Island.
The asking price for 3-bedrooms villas on Yas Island is AED 3.25M, 4-bedroom villas are at AED 4.07M and 5-bedroom properties are at AED 5.1M. Highly popular for buying apartments in Abu Dhabi, the average freehold price for studios on Yas Island is an affordable AED 798k. 1-bedroom apartments on Yas Island will set you back by AED 1.34M and 2-bedroom units command around AED 1.9M. It’s an excellent area to invest in, with ROI for the last six months averaging at 9.26%. Popular areas for residing on Yas Island include West Yas, Ansam, Yas Acres, Water’s Edge and Mayan.
Yas Island’s vibrant vibe attracts a cosmopolitan crowd, making it a great place for expats to live in Abu Dhabi. A fairly sizeable population of the area’s residents include western expats who love the open spaces, golf courses and licensed dining spots available to those living on Yas Island. The area is popular with both young professionals and families, thanks to the proximity to leading schools and universities. When it comes to investing though, there is a good mix of expats (Asian and Western) and locals looking to buy property on Yas Island.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES IN YAS ISLAND
There is no shortage of public parking on Yas Island. During events and weekends, it can get quite crowded on Yas Island, since all attractions boast free parking. Residents need not worry as residential complexes and communities have their own dedicated parking spaces. Yas Island gets particularly crowded during the Grand Prix season when the area has a steady influx of tourists from all over the world.
In terms of public transportation on Yas Island, the 190 bus route from Dubai and Abu Dhabi is a convenient way to get to the area. There is also a constant stream of taxis plying the area that can help you commute around the island.
Yas Marina is suitably located geographically, merely 10 minutes from the Abu Dhabi International Airport and 50 minutes from Dubai. To access the island from Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the easiest route is the Yas Island Tunnel connected to the E10 exit on the Abu Dhabi-Dubai highway.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
While Yas Island is well known for its array of attractions, Aldar has made sure that the area is not lacking when it comes to basic facilities and requirements.
Supermarkets on Yas Island
To stock up on monthly requirements, some of the popular supermarkets on Yas Island for residents to nip into includes the massive Carrefour in Yas Mall, which is extremely well stocked and features organic produce amongst other essentials. There are smaller Zoom stores and other local groceries spread around the island.
Churches, temples and Mosques on Yas Island
Like most residential areas in the country, there are several mosques on Yas Island to cater to the religious and spiritual needs of the community. Notable mosques on Yas Island include the ADNOC Mosque, West Yas Mosque and the Yas Mall Mosque. Christian residents don’t have to venture too far, with the St Joseph’s Church in the main city and the St Paul’s Church in Mussafah. There are currently no temples in the city, but the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi was announced in late 2017 and will be completed in 2020. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Temple will be located 15 minutes away from the island.
Schools on Yas Island
Finding the ideal school is another worry for parents living in the capital. Sabis International School which offers the Sabis system until K-12 is located on the island itself. Another nearby school is the Aldar Academy is West Yas, it offers the American curriculum until Year 12. The prestigious Yellow Submarine nursery is also a short drive away for parents with younger children.
Clinics and hospitals on Yas Island
Most residents of Yas Island head to the Medeor Medical Centre in Yas Mall for minor ailments. Multi-speciality hospitals near Yas island include Burjeel, NMC, and Cleveland Clinic on the main island. Mediclinic in Khalifa City A and Al Noor on the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed highway are the other options. Leading Yas Island to be well covered on the medical front.
TOP 5 LOCATIONS ON YAS ISLAND
The most popular area on Yas Island is West Yas, which boasts exceptional waterfront views overlooking the mangroves of the island. Headed by Aldar, the first phase of West Yas has already been completed and delivered. West Yas will be home to 1000 Yas Island villas, 2 retail centres, a community centre, parks and other community facilities. You can rent a 4-bedroom villa in West Yas from AED 215k, whereas larger families can choose to rent the 5-bedroom villa, priced at an average of AED 260k.
The second most popular location, Yas Acres is an off-plan community with golf and waterfront views. Upon completion, it will be home to 1315 villas and is expected to have 15,000 residents. It is suitable for families of any size as it has the smaller 3-bedroom houses available for purchase, as well as the larger 5-bedroom villas, proving to be a great investment.
Ansam is the next most popular area for those interested in moving to Yas Island. It mostly features apartment complexes and has ready properties for people to rent and purchase. Rounding up our list is Mayan, a low-rise off-plan community, available to be purchased by all nationalities. As it is an apartment complex it features studios, 1, 2, 3 and a few 4 bedroom flats for sale.
One of the first major developments outside the main city of Abu Dhabi, Yas Island is close to other popular destinations in the emirate. It’s closest neighbours include the Al Raha Beach, Al Reem Island, Masdar City and Khalifa City. Yas Island is near the Abu Dhabi International Airport which is a 7-minute drive away.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
The lifestyle capital of Abu Dhabi, Yas Island is brimming with a variety of absolutely amazing activities and events, making life here constantly exciting. There are several benefits to living on Yas Island, the highlight being the exciting array of activities in the area.
Malls on Yas Island
If you are a shopaholic, Yas Mall is bound to become a hot favourite for shopping soirees, especially when the temperature soars during the summer months. It is the largest shopping mall in Abu Dhabi, with a host of exciting offers, sales, and festivals to keep the shoppers happy. The stores in this mall on Yas island come in every shape and size, from exclusive designer outlets like Elie Saab to high street favourites like Topshop and Mango.
Not restricting the options to just fashion, this mall on Yas Island also features large electronics stores, furniture shops, bookshops and more. It has a large food court and other mid-range restaurants like Carluccio's, Paul, PF Changs and Cheesecake Factory.
Restaurants on Yas Island
Gourmet affairs are also aplenty on Yas Island, which has some of the Emirates’ best-licensed bars and clubs. Some of the best restaurants on Yas Island include Aquarium and Stars n Bars in Yas Marina and Belgian Cafe in Radisson Blu which are also extremely popular for night outs in the city, with the former two also offering shisha. Fine dining restaurants on Yas island like Angar - modern Indian cuisine, and Atayeb - Arabian and Mediterranean flavours, in Yas Viceroy are also highly acclaimed for their offerings. The gorgeous views of the marina, the beautiful stretch of the boardwalk and the lively energy of the place make living on the island truly memorable.
Beaches in Yas Island
Easily one of the best self-contained communities in Abu Dhabi, those with houses on Yas Island doesn’t even have to venture far to get to a beach! A beautiful, serene beach on Yas Island takes you away from the bustle of the island, the Yas Beach is known for its white sands, bright blue waters and natural mangroves. If a quiet day of sunbathing seems too timid, check out some of the high-octane entertainment on offer here with a range of watersports like jet skiing, paddle boarding, surfing and more. The Yas Beach also features an outdoor gym for you to get fit in the open air. This is certainly one of the biggest benefits for residents looking to move to Yas Island.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
Yas Island's local is used to seeing some of the best landmarks in the country. There are so many things to do on Yas Island that there is no room for boredom while living here. From a world-famous Formula 1 Grand Prix course to a gorgeous Golf Course and a massive event’s arena, there’s plenty to explore in the island. The most famous landmarks are arguably the Yas Marina Circuit and Ferrari World.
The Yas Marina Circuit is the pride and joy of the city, which eagerly waits for the adrenaline-fueled adventures of the Grand Prix racers. When the races are not on, you can join the Yas Motor Racing Club, try out some of the professional driving experiences or even use the circuit for cycling or running. There are plenty of package deals visitors can choose from at the Yas Marina Circuit, and if you are lucky you may even spot some of the leading names of motor racing hanging around the area.
Ferrari World is yet another of the things to do on Yas Island that has secured its popularity amongst the large tourist population that frequents the city. A truly amazing theme park, Ferrari World has a series of Ferrari themed rides that are bound to get your adventurous spirits soaring. There is the world’s fastest rollercoaster, the Formula Rossa, which accelerates at a whopping 240 km/hr in just 4.9 seconds! The world’s highest roller coaster loop, Flying Aces is also housed here, along with several go karting rides, simulated experiences and more.
Stepping away from the petrol heavy themes of Ferrari World and the circuit is the Yas Waterworld. Featuring 45 aqua-themed rides, this entertainment park is packed with visitors looking to cool off from the oppressive summer heat.
If a more sedate day at the golf course sounds like your idea of fun, head to the Yas Links golf club in the island, which was voted amongst the World’s Top City Golf Clubs’ by CNN. With amazing views of the Arabian Sea, this award-winning course designed by master architect Kyle Philips is located on the western edge of Yas Island. Surrounded by mangroves, this is one of the most beautiful spots on the Island.
No list of attractions on Yas Island will be complete without a mention of the Du Arena, which hosts chart-busting artists from across the world. The state of the art open-air theatre has a mix of events and festivals and has featured artists like Coldplay, Rod Stewart and Olly Murs amongst others.
Yas Island also has the celebrated Viceroy Hotel and the mega theme park: Warner Bros World.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
The Yas Gateway Park is one of the best places to spend quality time with your friends and family surrounded by lush green environments. This park on Yas Island is split into north and south sections and is extremely well maintained. The wide-open spaces are great for small games of footy or for you to simply stretch out. The park also has dedicated running tracks to help you to stay fit.
The boardwalk in the Yas Marina and the jogging tracks on the beach are also great places to flex the muscles and get some exercise.
When it comes to indoor fitness options, the many hotels around Yas Island offer memberships for access to their fitness facilities. Other notable gyms on Yas Island are Vogue Fitness and CrossFit Yas.
You also don’t have to look far for a pampering session at the salon or spa. ESPA at Yas Viceroy is a great place to unwind and rejuvenate yourself while indulging in some premium beauty packages. Yas Mall also features some trusty salons like NStyle and Tips N Toes.
Yas Island is the ‘event’s central’ of the capital city, attracting artists, filmmakers, and motor racers. The Du arena hosts a variety of live entertainment events, including musical gigs, theatre performances, comedy nights, educational seminars and more. Every year the names are getting more and more high profile and it has become even more popular with musical talents than the neighbouring city of Dubai when it comes to live performances.
The other unmissable event in the city’s social calendar is the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit. Once every year the whos-who of Formula 1 racing including Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen battle it out at the Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi. Tourists flock from across the world to take in the games and enjoy the many attractions of Abu Dhabi. The race is always sponsored by national carrier Etihad and is a crowning glory in the Abu Dhabi calendar.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
While it's certainly one of the most exciting places to live in Abu Dhabi, there are a few things to consider if you are planning on moving to Yas Island. It's one of the busiest areas in the capital, so there is a constant stream of activity here. If you are looking for a more relaxed serene ambience this may be something to think of while choosing to house or flat on Yas Island.
- The recreational capital of the city, Yas Island is home to several award-winning tourist destinations, including Ferrari World, Yas Marina Circuit and Yas Waterworld.
- The main city of Abu Dhabi is half an hour away and Abu Dhabi International airport is 7-10 minutes away for those moving to Yas Island.
- It’s a 50-minute drive to Dubai, 2 hours each to Al Ain and Sharjah
- Other attractions like Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Louvre Museum in Saadiyat Island are 20 minutes away.