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Top Attractions on Sir Bani Yas Island – Natures Sanctuary

Kayak alongside sharks, watch in awe as a slender gazelle takes off with lightning fast speed and relax as island vibes soothe mind, body and soul. These are some of the thrills awaiting you on Sir Bani Yas Island; do read on for more.

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Savour Some Culture and History

Sir Bani Yas is the UAE's largest natural island sitting on the Persian Gulf. The island was deemed a natural wildlife sanctuary by Abu Dhabi's beloved founder Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan. The island was turned into a rich haven of foliage and mangrove forests while Arabia's treasured desert creatures were put to roam free and thrive. The island is home to a number of archaeological sites, 42 to be precise, fascinating places to explore with a few throwing a curveball, such as the Christian monastery dating back to 600 AD.

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Enjoy the Best of Adventure on the Persian Gulf

Some of the best Abu Dhabi beach resorts are located on Sir Bani Yas Island, places like Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort, are the perfect beach escape for both island life and enjoying water sports. Kayaking across the mangrove-lined waterways is one sure treat, for not only experiencing serenity but for catching a glimpse of the exotic wildlife along the shores and in the water. You can indulge in scuba diving and snorkelling as well since the seas surrounding the island are home to a myriad of marine life.

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Plan a Pearl Diving Expedition

Abu Dhabi which started out as a pearl diving nation proudly holds onto its roots offering visitors a chance to experience this age-old tradition. Sir Bani Yas Island is a pretty good location, to enjoy this activity with tour operators providing all necessary equipment and expertise. Learn about the traditional pearl diving techniques, snorkel in the crystal clear water and look out for pearl oysters while enjoying sights of the verdant coral reefs. Who knows, you may even find a pearl!

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Mountain Biking is Loads of Adrenaline Pumping Fun

The rugged environs of Sir Bani Yas Island are perfect for a spot of mountain biking. The ideal sport to enjoy on the desert island, there are guided tours which take you across rugged mountains and boulder-strewn plains while treating you to sights of stunning landscapes. The terrain is tough, challenging and quite a treat to savour, pulling on your adventurous streak for sure!

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Take on a Desert Safari

Sir Bani Yas Island was declared a protected sanctuary in order to preserve the exotic desert wildlife of the UAE. You can take on a wildlife safari in a 4X4 and explore the rustic terrains home to gazelle, giraffe, leopard and the Arabian Oryx. The Oryx which was almost on the brink of extinction, due to over-hunting, has thrived and multiplied on the island, the wildlife is a true treat to savour, as your vehicle drives along the rocky hills of Sir Bani Yas Island.