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Luxury yachting at the heart of vibrant Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Ideally located in the centre of the Arabian gulf, YAS Marina has become the leading yachting destination in the Middle East. A sub-tropical, temperate climate, and little rainfall for nine months a year (September to June), the windy shamal gusts and light sea breezes make for both challenging sailing and comfortable cruising.

Offering easy access to the Omani Coast, Dubai, Qatar and other countries of the GCC, and with 400 km of coastline and 200 uninhabited islands on the doorstep, the varied cruising grounds are exhaustive and alluring to both owners and charter guests. Being less than an hour away by car, Dubai residents can easily enjoy boating and yachting from Yas Marina.

The luxury Abu Dhabi Marina is already reputed for world-class amenities, activities and entertainment. Opened in 2009, operated and managed by Camper & Nicholsons Marinas since 2011, the marina has 143 yacht berths from 8m to 90m, with additional visitor berthing for superyachts up to 150m.

Fine dining, excellent hotels and spectacular visitor attractions, from the Formula 1™ to the world’s largest undercover theme park at Ferrari World combine to make this a cultural centre. Abu Dhabi itself is a modern city with superlative shopping malls, a sophisticated dining scene and renowned nightlife, as well as access to both the desert and an array of beaches.

Sports are a big draw, both on land and on the water. The new Yas Links golf club features an eighteen-hole course, a nine-hole academy course, golf academy and floodlit practice facilities, set against dramatic views of the Arabian Gulf. From horse riding, squash and tennis, to diving, snorkelling, wakeboarding, water-skiing, fishing and kayaking, every need is met.

A 20-minute scenic flight of Abu Dhabi is also available, taking in all the sights from the islands, to the Corniche and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and annual berths at Yas Marina now include a complimentary flight of this type.

Guests at the luxury Abu Dhabi marina have privileged access to the Yas Viceroy Spa and Yas Island Rotana swimming pool –  see you there!

Coordinates

24°28’02N 54°36’11E

Time

UTC/GMT +4 hours

About

Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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July 30, 2012 | Abu Dhabi Travel UAE | View comments

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