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Sir Bani Yas Island

This stunning natural island is located just over 100 miles southwest of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates and is the largest natural island and one of eight known collectively as the Desert Islands. The island is actually the crest of a salt dome created millions of years ago by natural geological forces with its name stemming from the Bani Yas tribe, who first inhabited Abu Dhabi. With a strong conservation mandate, the island is a popular haven balancing luxury and sustainability, having recently won the "World's Leading Sustainable Tourism Destination" at the 2014 World Travel Awards in Anguila. More than half the island makes up the Arabian Wildlife Park, one of region' s largest wildlife reserves, home to more than 13,000 free-roaming animals along with the presence of the centuries-old Bedu people, who specialized in raising camels for organized races across the region . The Bedu people are instantly recognizable with their brightly-colored costumes, detailed masks and flowing robes. Steeped in history, Sir Bani Yas has over 36 archaeological sites in the Middle East including a 4,000-year-old circular tomb, a fortified watchtower, a mosque and the remains of a pre-Islamic Christian site.
This stunning natural island is located just over 100 miles southwest of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates and is the largest natural island and one of eight known collectively as the Desert Islands. The island is actually the crest of a salt dome created millions of years ago by natural geological forces with its name stemming from the Bani Yas tribe, who first inhabited Abu Dhabi. With a strong conservation mandate, the island is a popular haven balancing luxury and sustainability, having recently won the "World's Leading Sustainable Tourism Destination" at the 2014 World Travel Awards in Anguila. More than half the island makes up the Arabian Wildlife Park, one of region' s largest wildlife reserves, home to more than 13,000 free-roaming animals along with the presence of the centuries-old Bedu people, who specialized in raising camels for organized races across the region . The Bedu people are instantly recognizable with their brightly-colored costumes, detailed masks and flowing robes. Steeped in history, Sir Bani Yas has over 36 archaeological sites in the Middle East including a 4,000-year-old circular tomb, a fortified watchtower, a mosque and the remains of a pre-Islamic Christian site.

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Arabian Wildlife Park

Stretching across 1,400 hectares of land, this park is home to a diverse array of animals including the Arabian Rock Hyrax, Ostrich, Beisa Oryx, Giraffe and even the Striped Hyena. As a wildlife sanctuary with constant conservation efforts and true care for the animals, you will find over 13,000 animals to discover on your tour.

Falconry

Once a location used to hunt falcons overlooking Desert Islands hotel and the northern coast, an expert guide will teach you about the history of falconry, interesting facts and information, demonstrating traditional training techniques of these majestic birds.

Horse Riding

Sir Bani Yas Stables is ideal for horse lovers or those keen to learn about horses and the heritage of Arabian horses within the UAE. Home to 30 horses of various breeds, including the Arab horse, there are riding packages to suit all needs and levels. Keep your eyes open for the gazelles and peacocks on your ride!

Mangrove & Sea Kayaking

Stunning mangroves are best explored by kayak, where you can observe beautiful flamingos feeding in the shallows, schools of flying fish and be amazed by the rich habitat of wildlife that call the mangroves home.

Sir Bani Yas Island Church and Sir Bani Yas Island Monastery

The ruins of a Christian church and monastery dating back to the 7th century A.D. were discovered on Sir Bani Yas Island in 1992 where 30-40 monks lived between 600-750 A.D. The largest Christian archaeological site in Eastern Arabia, guided tours are available to discover the rich history of this incredible place.

Snorkelling & Scuba Diving

Offshore reefs in the stunning waters of Sir Bani Yas Bay make for the perfect place to explore some of Arabia's exotic sea life. The famous Arabic fish - the Hammour - swims alongside hundreds of colourful fish, sea urchins and more create a visual spectacular under the water.

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