Sir Bani Yas Island
An entire island dedicated to Arabian wildlife and nature, Sir Bani Yas Island is one of the eight islands that make up the desert islands of Abu Dhabi’s Al Dhafra. Named the World’s Leading Sustainable Tourism Destination at the 2014 World Travel Awards more than half of this incredible island is made up of the an Arabian Wildlife Park and home to 17,000 free-roaming animals, including Arabian oryx, gazelles, giraffes, hyenas and cheetahs. Visit the island for the day to experience an authentic wildlife safari or extend your stay luxury villas and the five-star boutique hotels on offer.
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Description automatically generated with low confidenceAl Ain – Ancient Oasis
With its still-operational traditional falaj (ancient irrigation system) and meandering pathways shaded beneath a thick canopy of over 147,000 date palms and other fruit trees, Al Ain Oasis is the perfect place to bring family or friends to travel back millenniums. Covering 1,200 hectares and known as Abu Dhabi’s Garden city, Al Ain Oasis has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011, but only recently, with the construction of an educational Eco-Centre and the addition of an extensive system of shaded pathways, was it opened to the public. Located a one and a half-hour drive from the centre of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain is like a time machine that will date you back 4,000 years to ancient Abu Dhabi.
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Description automatically generated with low confidenceEco-golfing at Saadiyat Island
If you’re a golf fanatic (or not), this one’s for you; all you need is a love of ocean views and a bit of fresh air. Saadiyat Beach Golf Club is Abu Dhabi’s first ocean-front gold course, with stunning sea views of the Arabian Gulf and even a chance to spot dolphins while you play-pro. Designed with both amateurs and professionals in mind, once you’ve mastered the greens, meander up to the clubhouse, a premium destination for dining and unwinding.
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Description automatically generatedPura Eco Retreat at Jubail Island
An adults-only hideaway, Pura Eco Retreat is located on the edge of Jubail Island’s mangrove park for visitors to unplug, unwind and get back to nature. Accessible only through a sandy, single-track road that winds for about three kilometres through Jubail Island’s mangroves, towards the end of the track you’ll see Pura’s iconic gleaming white villa with a bright turquoise roof. You can choose to stay in a minimalist chic-dome, luxury tipis or stunningly furnished guest houses. Pura Eco Retreat also offers yoga and wellness, Kayaking, biking, bird watching, and private dining experiences.
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Description automatically generatedJubail Mangrove Park
Jubail Mangrove Park is the first self-contained educational, nature and leisure destination of its kind in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Only open since January 2020, the mangrove sanctuary has quickly become one of the most popular attractions with international travellers and a day-to-day escape for locals. Australian tourists can enjoy a tranquil mangrove sanctuary with three leisurely boardwalk pathways over the water, floating platforms with netting where they can see underwater marine life and a tall viewing deck for photo moments.
Sir Bani Yas IslandExplore Abu Dhabi’s underwater world through their Marine Protected Areas
Snorkel and float through in the calm Arabian Gulf and vibrant coral reefs while you safely explore Abu Dhabi’s marine protected areas. Spectacular coral reefs, magnificent mangrove forests, beautiful wetlands and an abundance of incredible wildlife are now open to the public for the first time in years. As a result, tourists can now enjoy Abu Dhabi’s blue planet wonders while keeping wildlife and nature safe. Local go-to’s include exploring the Marawah Marine Biosphere Reserve or Ras Ghanadah, the largest coral reef in the UAE and Gulf region.