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How to Go to Sir Bani Yas Island from Abu Dhabi

A complete guide!

By Gabriel AnthonyPublished 2 years ago 3 min read
Image via Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort

Sir Bani Yas Island, among the UAE's few pre-Islamic Christian sites, is steeped in history. It is a wonderful weekend desert hideaway and a place few UAE residents know about. On this island, you may observe a range of wildlife including cheetahs, oryx, giraffes and many other animals. The offering is plenty for any wildlife enthusiasts!


Sir Bani Yas Island is among the 8 islands that make up the desert islands of Al Dhafra. This Wildlife Park, one of the biggest wildlife sanctuaries in this region, is home to about 17,000 free-roaming animals, featuring Arabian oryx, giraffes, hyenas, gazelles, and cheetahs, to mention a few. The state-of-the-art stables provide a range of equestrian pursuits and instruction for the entire family. For customised trips to tour the island, make sure to book accommodation with a villa in Abu Dhabi; for example, you can book accommodation at a property such as Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort.

Reaching the Island

The island lies 8 kilometres off Abu Dhabi's western shore, near the Saudi Arabian border. This extremely charming island is accessible by vehicle, boat, or air. When travelling by vehicle, the E11 expressway may be followed straight from Abu Dhabi or Dubai since the routes are well-marked. The experience includes boating or sailing to the island, and your own boat may be moored at Royal Bay Moorings.

You can get to this rather picturesque island with a seaplane that blends luxury and comfort while you enjoy an exciting water take-off onboard from the Dubai Creek waters, providing a stunning panoramic view of the UAE's most famous landmarks. The luxurious cabins and 5-star rated crew combine to provide a unique seaplane experience that will pique your interest even before you get on Bani Yas Island.


How can I travel from Abu Dhabi to this island for the least amount of money?

The least expensive method to travel from Abu Dhabi to the Island is to take the bus through Ţarīf which will take 4 hours and 39 minutes.

What is the distance between Abu Dhabi and Sir Bani Yas Island?

Sir Bani Yas Island and Abu Dhabi are 182 kilometres apart.

How can I get from Abu Dhabi to this island without a vehicle?

Without a vehicle, the best method to travel from Abu Dhabi to Sir Bani Yas Island is via bus, which takes 4 hours and 39 minutes.


Is it permissible for me to fly from Abu Dhabi to this island?

Yes, you may presently travel inside the United Arab Emirates.

What are the travel limitations on the island of Sir Bani Yas?

Domestic travel is not limited, although there may be certain restrictions

Face masks are required

There is a two-metre social distancing that is mandatory

Follow the Covid-19 safety guidelines

Additional limitations may be imposed on short notice

Authorization, PCR testing, and quarantine may be required for domestic border crossings

What is the COVID-19 helpline number here?

The national COVID-19 hotline number is 8001717, which can be used here on the island too.

Is it necessary for me to wear a face mask while using public transportation on Sir Bani Yas Island?

On Sir Bani Yas Island, wearing face masks on public transportation is required.

What do I do if I have COVID-19 symptoms when I arrive on the Island?

Let it be known to staff, contact the 8001717 national coronavirus hotline.

With this information at hand, you will be able to head to Sir Bani Yas Island and back without encountering any issues. Always be updated with current COVID-19 protocols.

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