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Yas Island

Yas Island leisure destination in Abu Dhabi

Yas Island

Yas Island is a natural island close to Abu Dhabi city being developed as a leisure and entertainment destination in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Aldar Properties, an Abu Dhabi based company, is the master developer of Yas Island. The island is about 10 mins drive from the Abu Dhabi airport, about 30 minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi, and about 1 hour from Jebel Ali end of Dubai. The highlight of Yas Island will be the Yas Island grand prix circuit - the race circuit being built to host the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, starting in November 2009.

When Yas Island is complete you could think of the Island as Monte Carlo, Florida, and Las Vegas all in one destination (but without the history, hurricanes, or gambling). The Yas Island project was first announced by Aldar Properties in November 2006, and total value of development is somewhere in the region of AED 150 billion (US$40 billion). That's billion, not million, and 100 times the cost of just the F1 circuit. Total area of Yas Island is 2500 hectares (about 25 sq km, one third of the size of the main Abu Dhabi island), although some reports have a figure of 25,000,000 million square metres (the confusing use of digits and words resulting in a figure that is 50% larger than the area of Russia). Apart from the F1 circuit, Yas Island will include

Yas Island completion date

Realistically, the complete Yas Island project might be finished by 2020. Some dates supplied/published

Yas Island construction schedule

When Yas Island was first announced in 2006, reports said completion was scheduled for 2011. Later reports in September 2007 gave scheduled completion dates of 2014 (The Gulf News) and 2018 (7 Days). The entire project is in 4 phases, with phase one originally scheduled to be complete by the end of 2008 (which it wasn't). Phase one includes

Yas Island Tunnel (Yas Tunnel)
Yas Island Phase I
Yas Island Phase II
Yas Island Phase III
Yas Island Phase IV
Yas Links Golf Course
Warner Bros Abu Dhabi - 27 September 2007
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Yas Island
Yas Island Water Park - Yas Island Water World
29 April 2012 press release
13 June 2010 press release
Yas Island hotels and resorts

Aldar says (Jan 2009 press release) that 7 hotels will be open on Yas Island by November 2009 when the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix fires up. There should be four 5-star hotels, one 4-star hotel, and two 3-star hotels with a total of about 2300 rooms, 20 restaurants, and another 10 bars or other eating and drinking outlets.

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