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Yas Island: the island of adventure

Known internationally as the location of the final race on the Formula 1 calendar, Yas Island also has the facilities to host a world-class event of any size

The sun sets over the Yas Marina 

With an endless array of versatile meeting spaces, exciting theme parks and cutting-edge hotels, Yas Island means business. Boasting more than 2,000 hotel rooms, world-class shopping and dining options and a collection of sporting and community venues, Yas Island is the go-to destination for a business event or gala dinner like no other.

Add in a growing calendar of music, cultural, community and sporting events – including the annual Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – and you have an island of endless possibilities when it comes to meetings, incentives, conferences and events.

Located only a 10-minute drive from Abu Dhabi International Airport and a 30-minute drive from the city itself, the development of Yas Island was first announced in 2006. The project, which cost roughly $40bn to complete, has resulted in a destination that is unlike any other in the world.

Luxury boats dot the marina, while a multitude of world-famous shopping outlets are just a short drive away in Yas Mall. Theme parks tempt thrill seekers, while award-winning bars and restaurants keep the more relaxed travellers enthralled.

Yas Island is truly a one of a kind destination, offering exhilarating attractions while also providing the embodiment
of luxury

With all of these amenities in one location, Yas Island is truly a one-of-a-kind destination, offering exhilarating attractions while also providing the embodiment of luxury. Add in the excellent weather that can be experienced all year round, and there are very few places that offer a comparable experience.

These unique features have made it the destination of choice for event organisers hoping to create a conference or gala that will leave a truly lasting impression on guests. With an incredible number of venues at its disposal, Yas Island’s event planning team can arrange all the details to make sure an event is a memorable one.

Lights up
As well as being one of the UAE’s most exciting venues, Yas Marina Circuit is also one of the emirate’s most innovative event spaces. Home to the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the region’s largest sporting event, Yas Marina Circuit is also home to the Yas Events Centre. The centre boasts more than 34,000sq m of versatile indoor and outdoor venue space, along with unparalleled views of both the racetrack and Yas Marina.

The location boasts the capacity and capability to host occasions ranging from large-scale events, conferences, gala functions and exhibitions, to smaller, more intimate occasions. Yas Events Centre also offers ultra-modern venues, full service event planning and a range of hospitality packages.

Along with state-of-the-art events spaces, Yas Events Centre also offers unparalleled experiences and incentives, such as trackside teambuilding and networking, and a range of driver and passenger activities designed to get one’s pulse racing.

Instantly recognisable with over 5,000 LED lights covering its exterior, the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi straddles the iconic Yas Marina Circuit, making it one of the world’s most unique hotels. With 499 luxury guest rooms, the hotel also features an array of indoor and outdoor event spaces, including 12 entertainment and dining options, the tranquil Palm Garden, six meeting rooms, four boardrooms, a rooftop pool deck, and three ballrooms that combine to create the Al Manaar Ballroom.

The hotel has the capacity to host events of all sizes, including small cocktail receptions for 1,500 people in the Palm Garden, where guests can enjoy stunning views of both the track and Yas Marina. The Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi also offers a range of activities including yoga, cooking lessons, rooftop swimming pools and the luxurious ESPA spa.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Seeing red
The world’s first Ferrari-branded theme park, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, is a thrilling venue that is ideal for corporate family days, team building, cocktail receptions, gala events or product launches. The park is home to the world’s fastest rollercoaster, the Formula Rossa, as well as the new Flying Aces rollercoaster, which was inspired by ace pilots. The park also features five restaurants and cafes, and can be fully privatised for up to 6,500 guests or partially for events of varying sizes. Multiple meeting rooms ranging in size, style and scale offer customisable solutions, while world-class chefs provide catering to suit any style of event.

Spread out across 15 hectares of land and featuring 45 exhilarating Emirati-themed rides, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi is ideal for any number of events including corporate family fun days, team building, product launches and fashion shows. It can be fully or partially privatised depending on event requirements. Catering options are available, as is event planning assistance through the park’s own event planning team.

Du Arena is a vibrant outdoor entertainment venue that has been designed to provide concertgoers and event attendees with the ultimate live sound and visual performances. Located at the heart of Yas Island, this unique, custom-built, open-air venue allows concertgoers to feel the energy and watch the world’s most spectacular performances by legends of the music industry. With a newly installed cooling system, this state-of-the-art outdoor venue is ideal for a variety of large-scale events all year round.

The centre’s multi-purpose entertainment venue, du Forum, offers the latest audiovisual technology and cooling systems, as it can host up to 1,700 people for banquets and galas, 2,500 theatre style, 4,500 for cocktail receptions or up to 5,000 for a concert or music performance. With an unrivalled level of versatility, du Forum allows unbridled creativity with uninterrupted sightlines, internal and external LED lighting systems, the ability to transform from an indoor venue to an outdoor venue, and abundant parking.

Waterside style
The award-winning Yas Marina features 227 berths and seven licensed restaurants and lounges, which are sure to impress delegates or business event attendees. From meetings on a superyacht to a glamorous gala event on the terrace or at any one of the waterside restaurants, Yas Marina is an inspired choice for corporate events.

The region’s first Links golf course, Yas Links, offers four fully equipped meeting rooms that can be organised in boardroom or theatre styles for groups ranging from 12 to 50. Barranca, an Andalusian-themed private function space, opens onto a sweeping terrace capable of hosting between 25 and 120 guests. Yas Links’ events lawn boasts expansive vistas of the impressive Abu Dhabi skyline, while Hickory’s, an award-winning sports bar with expansive views of the Arabian Gulf, is also located on premises.

More than a nightlife venue, MAD on Yas Island mixes art, luxury and technology. It features the world’s largest privately owned graffiti wall outside, and 360-degree and 3D projection mapping inside. Ideal for gala events or large parties, MAD on Yas Island’s 900-person capacity and state of the art features make it a venue that will not be easily forgotten.

Between all of these stunning locations, Yas Island and its event planning team have both the locations and the expertise to turn any conference, exhibition, meeting or incentive into one that will make a lasting impression. Combining the waterfront lifestyle of Monte Carlo with modern sensibilities, Yas stands out as a place with something for everyone and offers unparalleled opportunities to host meetings, incentives, conferences and events.


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