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    Yas Island (Photos from the Air)

    by machomikemd Written Jun 13, 2015

    this will be my Yas Island Photos taken from the air when riding an Etihad Aircraft.

    Yas Island is the nearest Abu Dhabi Attraction to Dubai. It only take about 1 hour and 15 minutes from downtown dubai to yas island, located 108 kilometers east of dubai, travelling along the Shiekh Zayed Road (renamed Shiekh Maktoum Road once you enter the Abu Dhabi Emirate), along the barren desert. Yas Island had a number of attractions and the centerpiece is the Ferrari World and the Yas Island Waterpark. Yas Island is about 28 kilometers east of Downtown Abu Dhabi and 20 kilometers east of Abu Dhabi International Airport.

    There are no Yas Island Tours from Dubai, only Ferrari World Tours and Yas Waterpark Tours, you have to rent a car or hire a private tour van service or have an emirati or foreign expatriate friend drive you to Yas Island.

    among the attractions in Yas Island are:

    Ferrari World
    Yas Island IKEA
    Yas Marina
    Southern Marina
    Warner Bros. Theme Park
    Yas Waterworld
    Yas Mall
    du Arena
    Yas Marina Circuit
    du Forum
    Links Golf Course
    Northern Golf Course
    Yas Village Town Center

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    Desert Safari Adventure

    by windDirection Written Apr 16, 2015

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    I think the most stunning in this trip is about being able to see the fundamental nature of living in the desert. The adventure started the moment we were pick up in the city, the driver/tour guide by desert rose adventures oriented us about this trip he has described it efficiently.
    The drive in the desert takes about 45 minutes and sure, the zigzag and rattles makes one scream which is fun actually, the first stop was about 10 minutes maybe midway to the campsite. we took photos and stretch a bit, the next stop is the camel pasture we mingled with the camels, they are friendly and very social I think and finally stop at the desert camp, we were welcome with drinks choice of coffee, tea, juice and water and informed of activities to do while in the camp.
    In particular I like the henna tattoo painting, my friends went to try the sand boarding which I find it a bit extreme so I did not go, I had henna tattoo instead and took some photos while I wait.
    Before heading to try the local dress we went to try a camel ride that was not easy but my friends were very supportive so yes I did it.
    Dinner buffet was served by past 7 in the evening, I had Arabic bread, BBQ and vegetable salad all inclusive with our half day tour with unlimited beverages except alcohol. After dinner shisha was announced open for those who would like it while watching a very entertaining belly dancing, after a great performance from the dancer she invited everyone to dance with her, some ladies had the courage to do so. I did not notice if one of the males danced too.
    I think that’s about it.

    camp site camel ride the belly dancer abu dhabi desert landscape
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    Ferrari World

    by mamtap Written Oct 9, 2014

    Ferrari World is the world first Ferrari theme park and largest attraction of its kind.

    Attractions:
    Speed of Magic
    Paddock
    Driving with the Champion
    Made in Maranello
    The Racing Legends
    Galleria Ferrari
    Cinema Maranello
    V12
    Junior GT
    Junior GP
    Junior Training Camp
    Bell'italia
    Formula Rossa
    Scuderia Challenge
    Fiorano GT Challenge

    Timing:
    Sunday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Monday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Tuesday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Wednesday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Thursday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Friday Closed
    Saturday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

    More news: http://www.thenational.ae/arts-lifestyle/on-stage/thrilling-stunt-shows-to-debut-at-ferrari-world

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    Ferrari World

    by vpas Written Mar 26, 2014

    This is a must if you are a lover of cars and roller coaster rides. Be prepared to spend a whole day here. There is much to see and do. There are stunt shows. Check the timings as you enter so that you do not miss the shows. Brace yourself to get onto the fastest roller coaster ride in the world!!

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    Al Wahda Mall.

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jan 5, 2014

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    This mall is right next to the main bus station where buses go to and from Dubai and other emirates. We rushed round trying to find where to buy an orja card for the buses so did not really do the place justice.

    This mall has more than 300 shops, around 50 restaurants/cafes, cinemas and Wanasa Land for entertainment such as bowling, paintball.

    Al Wahda Mall. Outside the Al Wahda Mall.
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    Flagpoles, mosques and cityscapes

    by IreneMcKay Written Jan 5, 2014

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    Right next to the Heritage Village is a little mosque, a flagpole which was once the tallest in the world, till Jordan exceeded it, and best of all gorgeous views over the Abu Dhabi skyline. I especially recommend the views as the sun is going down. It reflects off the buildings turning them into gold.

    Skyline. Giant flagpole. Mosque. Sundown. Playing on the waves.
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    Qasr al-Hosn Fort

    by IreneMcKay Written Jan 5, 2014

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    This fort is located on Sheik Zayed First Street. It is sometimes called the White Fort as it is, well sort of - white!!!! and Old Fort as it is, well sort of - old!!!! It dates from around 1761 and was originally a watch tower. It was expanded into a fort in around 1793 and became the residence of the ruling sheik. The fort remained as the royal palace and seat of government until 1966.

    At the moment the fort is not worth visiting - December 2013 - as it is being restored and is hidden behind barricades.

    This cat was the best thing about the fort. The fort.
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    Abu Dhabi's former tallest flagpole

    by call_me_rhia Written Nov 29, 2013

    Abu Dhabi's former tallest flagpole is located off the Corniche, a few steps from the Heritage village. It was once the world tallest flagpole, replacing in this role the one inVancouver, Canada... only to be replaced by one in Amman, Jordan.
    This flagpole was built and erected to celebrate the 30th National Day celebrations on 2 December 2001. It measured 122 metres. What remains the same is the flag - huge: 20 metres by 40 metres!

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    ADIA tower

    by call_me_rhia Written Nov 29, 2013

    Adia Tower is one of the most stunning buildings in the city centre, because of its particular shape. ADIA stands for Abu Dhabi Investment Authority - and that's its headquarters... Basically the Emirate money is "there". This skyscaper was completed in 2006 and is 185 metres high..

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    Aldar headquarters

    by call_me_rhia Written Nov 29, 2013

    Aldar headquarters is a stunning building in the Al Bandar area - it is a sort of circular skyscaper, really one of a kind.. and we were lucky enough to have a full view of it from our hotel room. Futuristic and innovative. What a sight. As far as I know it houses mostly offices, but somewhere I read that there are also hotel suites and restaurants.

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    Ferrari World: Other Ferrari Cars at Ferrari World

    by machomikemd Written Aug 17, 2013

    the assorted ferrari racing cars in Ferrari World is located not only in the Galleria Ferrari but there are other full car displays along the various attractions around the ferari world. this tip will be on the other ferrari cars that you see around the ferrari world complex.

    Ferrari World has more than 20 rides and attractions around this huge indoor park, ranging from the world's fastest roller coaster, the formula rossa, assorted simulated ferrari racing rides, ferrari cars collection, flume ride, several interactive theaters, the fiorano gt challenge dual track roller coasters and more.

    If you are with a friend going to the ferrari world on his car, day passes can be bought at AED 235 per person for general admission via online or at the ticket counters in the ferrari world.

    Remember that ferrari world is closed every Monday!

    Ferrari World Opens at 11:00 am to 9:00 pm everyday (except monday-closed)

    Directions from Dubai
    From Dubai on the E11 Highway (Sheikh Zayed Road) take Sheikh Zayed Road south, heading towards Abu Dhabi
    Take the Yas Island East Exit (Yas Leisure Drive)
    Follow the blue signs that say ‘Yas Leisure Drive’ until you reach brown tourist signs that read ‘Ferrari World Abu Dhabi’

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    Ferrari World: Galleria Ferrari 2

    by machomikemd Written Aug 17, 2013

    part 2 of my two part tip inside the Galleria Ferrari with more pictures of classic ferrari racing cars, The Gallery sits next to the Junior GT Challenge and Racing With The Legends Movie in Ferrari World and is the largest Gallery of famous Ferrari Racing Models from the early 1900's to the present plus, some of it are owned by very rich collectors.

    according to their website:

    The Art of Ferrari

    Get up close and personal with the ultimate display of Ferrari cars! Hailing from Maranello and top collectors from around the world, discover the art of the Ferrari. Wander form 1947 all the way to the present as you immerse yourself in the passion of the race. You can even meet visionaries, drivers, engineers and artist themselves, as they reveal their insight on the Ferrari story. It’s an audio-visual dialogue between modern design, interactive technology, and history. Understand the love story that started with Enzo Ferrari and endures today.

    Ferrari World has more than 20 rides and attractions around this huge indoor park, ranging from the world's fastest roller coaster, the formula rossa, assorted simulated ferrari racing rides, ferrari cars collection, flume ride, several interactive theaters, the fiorano gt challenge dual track roller coasters and more.

    If you are with a friend going to the ferrari world on his car, day passes can be bought at AED 235 per person for general admission via online or at the ticket counters in the ferrari world.

    Remember that ferrari world is closed every Monday!

    Ferrari World Opens at 11:00 am to 9:00 pm everyday (except monday-closed)

    Directions from Dubai
    From Dubai on the E11 Highway (Sheikh Zayed Road) take Sheikh Zayed Road south, heading towards Abu Dhabi
    Take the Yas Island East Exit (Yas Leisure Drive)
    Follow the blue signs that say ‘Yas Leisure Drive’ until you reach brown tourist signs that read ‘Ferrari World Abu Dhabi’

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    Ferrari World: Galleria Ferrari 1

    by machomikemd Written Aug 17, 2013

    this will be a two part tip inside the Galleria Ferrari, The Gallery sits next to the Junior GT Challenge and Racing With The Legends Movie in Ferrari World and is the largest Gallery of famous Ferrari Racing Models from the early 1900's to the present plus, some of it are owned by very rich collectors.

    according to their website:

    The Art of Ferrari

    Get up close and personal with the ultimate display of Ferrari cars! Hailing from Maranello and top collectors from around the world, discover the art of the Ferrari. Wander form 1947 all the way to the present as you immerse yourself in the passion of the race. You can even meet visionaries, drivers, engineers and artist themselves, as they reveal their insight on the Ferrari story. It’s an audio-visual dialogue between modern design, interactive technology, and history. Understand the love story that started with Enzo Ferrari and endures today.

    Ferrari World has more than 20 rides and attractions around this huge indoor park, ranging from the world's fastest roller coaster, the formula rossa, assorted simulated ferrari racing rides, ferrari cars collection, flume ride, several interactive theaters, the fiorano gt challenge dual track roller coasters and more.

    If you are with a friend going to the ferrari world on his car, day passes can be bought at AED 235 per person for general admission via online or at the ticket counters in the ferrari world.

    Remember that ferrari world is closed every Monday!

    Ferrari World Opens at 11:00 am to 9:00 pm everyday (except monday-closed)

    Directions from Dubai
    From Dubai on the E11 Highway (Sheikh Zayed Road) take Sheikh Zayed Road south, heading towards Abu Dhabi
    Take the Yas Island East Exit (Yas Leisure Drive)
    Follow the blue signs that say ‘Yas Leisure Drive’ until you reach brown tourist signs that read ‘Ferrari World Abu Dhabi’

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    Ferrari World: Fiorano GT Challenge

    by machomikemd Written Aug 17, 2013

    The Fiorano GT Challenge is the second roller coaster ride in Ferrari World and it has 2 duelling ferrari roller coasters running at the same time at parallel and different tracks at about 95 kilometers per hour (58 mph) for about 50 seconds, it has the second longest lines in Ferrari World and like it the Formulla Rossa, cameras are not allowed and are deposited at boxes beside the ride at the starting point (even Go Pro Cameras).

    according to their website:

    The drag race is on

    The GT coasters are revving their engines and ready to race! Take on your friends as you jump into a Ferrari F430 Spider and may the best team win. Two competing GT coasters launch away from the starting line on twisting parallel tracks, based on real GT racecourses from around the world. As you reach speeds of 95 km/h, watch out for the hairpin turns then tear ahead through the straights. Feel the thrill and Gs of a real drag race as you out-maneuver and speed past the other GT coaster cars. The competition is steep, so it’s anybody’s race in a flat out sprint to the finish.

    Ferrari World has more than 20 rides and attractions around this huge indoor park, ranging from the world's fastest roller coaster, the formula rossa, assorted simulated ferrari racing rides, ferrari cars collection, flume ride, several interactive theaters, the fiorano gt challenge dual track roller coasters and more.

    If you are with a friend going to the ferrari world on his car, day passes can be bought at AED 235 per person for general admission via online or at the ticket counters in the ferrari world.

    Remember that ferrari world is closed every Monday!

    Ferrari World Opens at 11:00 am to 9:00 pm everyday (except monday-closed)

    Directions from Dubai
    From Dubai on the E11 Highway (Sheikh Zayed Road) take Sheikh Zayed Road south, heading towards Abu Dhabi
    Take the Yas Island East Exit (Yas Leisure Drive)
    Follow the blue signs that say ‘Yas Leisure Drive’ until you reach brown tourist signs that read ‘Ferrari World Abu Dhabi’

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    Ferrari World: Formula Rossa

    by machomikemd Written Aug 17, 2013

    Formula Rossa is the world's fastest roller coaster ride, clocking at 240 kilometers per hour (149 mph) in less then 5 seconds (at 4.8 g's) and is hydraulically launched, lasting for just 40 seconds, but the lines here are the longest and no cameras are allowed as you must deposit your cameras at the boxes near the ride (even go pro cameras are not allowed as the lightning fast speed might knock it off your head).

    according to their website:

    The Thrill of Rosso

    Blast away on the fastest rollercoaster on the planet! Strap yourself into the F1™ cockpit, hold on tight as you feel the acceleration of 240km/h in under 5 seconds and discover what 4.8Gs really feels like. You’ll launch 52 meters into the sky before flying through chicanes inspired by some the world’s most famous race tracks. Cross the finish line with an adrenaline rush worthy of a Grand Prix – screams of joy and excitement can be heard from the other side of the park! Needless to say, you’ll have to wear safety goggles for the duration of the ride, just like every other racer that takes on Grand Prix speeds

    Ferrari World has more than 20 rides and attractions around this huge indoor park, ranging from the world's fastest roller coaster, the formula rossa, assorted simulated ferrari racing rides, ferrari cars collection, flume ride, several interactive theaters, the fiorano gt challenge dual track roller coasters and more.

    If you are with a friend going to the ferrari world on his car, day passes can be bought at AED 235 per person for general admission via online or at the ticket counters in the ferrari world.

    Remember that ferrari world is closed every Monday!

    Ferrari World Opens at 11:00 am to 9:00 pm everyday (except monday-closed)

    Directions from Dubai
    From Dubai on the E11 Highway (Sheikh Zayed Road) take Sheikh Zayed Road south, heading towards Abu Dhabi
    Take the Yas Island East Exit (Yas Leisure Drive)
    Follow the blue signs that say ‘Yas Leisure Drive’ until you reach brown tourist signs that read ‘Ferrari World Abu Dhabi’

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    • Theme Park Trips
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