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Things you should be excited to do in Sir Bani Yas - An in-depth guide!

The Sir Bani Yas Island is one of the focal points of tourism in the country. This nature reserve was first established in the year of 1971 with the sole purpose of allowing thousands and thousands of wildlife creatures to roam the land freely. Reports relate that there are more than thirteen thousand animals on the island. One of the biggest desert animals in Arabia is the Arabian oryx which is also a significant creature of the Arab Heritage. The island is also home to a massive herd of rock hyrax and so many others. Here's a list of things you should be excited to take part in when in the island.


Arabian Wildlife Park

This ninety-minute wildlife safari is all that you have dreamed of. A four-wheel drive will take you through the park revealing some incredible wildlife creatures, the likes of deer, gazelles, oryxes, ostriches, giraffes, antelopes, wild cats and so much more. What more? The island is declared a no-fishing area thereby protecting an incredible array of marine life as well. In this island, you can witness first-hand the famous Arabian Oryx which is an endangered antelope species. The northern cheetah known to be the fastest mammal on land can also be seen. Its speeds can reach up to 122 kmph. In addition, golden jackals, caracal wild cats, striped hyenas, miniature mammal species, and mountain sheep are allowed added to the mix. More than one hundred insects and arthropod species reside in the island. This includes the very poisonous Black Tailed Buthis scorpion and the camel spider. Even reptile species are not deprived of freedom on the island. A range of snakes, skinks, geckos and turtles all call Sir Yani Bas their home. For the bird enthusiasts, you are in for a treat as the island is proud of their incredible collection of birds. More than two hundred species of birds can be found here.


Island tour

Other things to do and enjoy in the island include a 1-hour tour of the place that makes stopovers at archaeological sites. You can witness the ruins of an ancient Nestorian monastery of 600 A.D which is one of the oldest of the forty-two archaeological sites that was uncovered on the island. And what more? They are still on the lookout for more sites. If you're looking for luxury hotels in Abu Dhabi around the Sir Bani Yas Island for accommodation, properties the likes of Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villas is a few minutes' drive away.



The Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach is another popular place that attracts a lot of tourists. Make sure to set some time aside to check this place out.


Other activities

The nature reserve caters to the needs of all kinds of travellers. You have many activities you can take part in. This includes archery, horse riding, land sailing, nature walks, falconry and mountain biking. Those are land activities but how about water-related? Yes, there are ample water activities too, including pearly diving, snorkelling, kayaking, deep sea fishing and many more!

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