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Facts that will Make Sir Bani Yas Island a Must Visit the Place – A Unique Travel Experience amid Nature

Found close to the coast of UAE, Sir Bani Yas Island is a nature reserve a few hundred kilometres away from Abu Dhabi. If you are planning to visit this vacation destination then keep these in mind.


Exhilarating horse riding

Much to everyone's surprise, there are stables in Sir Bani Yas Island for a visitor to ride and enjoy. Whether you're a novice or pro at horse riding, the stables in Sri Bani Yas Island features around 30 horses and offer unforgettable experiences and will definitely have something for you. The facilities on the island include two barns, six sand paddocks, a training ring and more. You can also enjoy tours on horseback and explore the island.


Visit the church and the monastery on the island

There are remnants of a church as well as a monastery located on the island. Dating back to the 7th century, these remnants were discovered in the year 1992. If you are vacationing in a family hotel in Abu Dhabi the likes of Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara, access to the monastery remains that were found on the eastern region of the Sir Bani Yas Island will be restricted unless you join one of the organized guided tours. Famous as one of the largest archaeological sites that are related to the Christian religion found in Eastern Arabia, the monastery measures around 65 square metres.


Enjoy the wildlife on the island

One of the most interesting things you can find on the Sir Bani Yas Island is its wildlife. The extensive range of species found on the island includes Arabian Oryx, Caracals, Barbary Sheep, Beisa Horned Oryx and even Cheetahs. You can find a range of species on the island including snakes, hyenas, dugongs and even Indian Blackbuck Antelope. There are also many kinds of birds to be found on the island, such as the Black-eared Kite, European Golden Plover, Grey Crowned Crane and even the Imperial Eagle. You can also enjoy sightings of peacocks, ostrich, and more.


Getting to the Sir Bani Yas Island

A small airstrip can be found on the Sir Bani Yas Island which is operated by the entity behind the luxurious accommodations on the island. Other than the hotel operated flights there is also another little aircraft to reach the island. However, you will need previously approved permission to access the island.

Apart from the flights, there is also a ferry service that operates on the island. The terminal for the ferry that transports the visitors to the island is located around 20 kilometres from the popular industrial city of Al Ruwais that is found just off the Sila Road. However, if you are planning to base yourself in one of the popular and luxurious resorts that are found on the island, the resort of your choice would be able to arrange transport for you to reach the beautiful expanse that is Sir Bani Yas Island, making your stay convenient and memorable even before you reach the island.