Yas Island’s entertainment and sporting events calendar promises unmissable excitement
Yas Island Abu Dhabi, one of the world’s leading entertainment and leisure destinations, is the perfect go-to destination for action-packed getaways and family vacations. As quarantine restrictions are no longer required for fully vaccinated visitors throughout Abu Dhabi, Yas Island offers a hassle-free holiday and with hotel stays inclusive of theme park access and savings of up to 45% until December 2021, making it the perfect winter-sun destination.
In addition to its award-winning hotels and attractions, Yas Island provides an exciting calendar of fun-filled events every year including music concerts, sporting events, fitness showcases, comedy evenings and more for its visitors.
OPENING CELEBRATIONS OF YAS BAY (December, 2021)
Yas Bay Waterfront on Yas Island will open to guests on 1 December 2021. Guests can expect an exciting line-up of daily entertainment, activations, events, along with fireworks at 9pm every weekend for the month of December in celebration of the Yas Bay Waterfront opening.
Overlooking the glittering waters of the Arabian Gulf, Yas Bay Waterfront is set to be Abu Dhabi’s vibrant day to night destination. Featuring Pier71, a three-kilometre Boardwalk, and a variety of world-class dining, leisure and entertainment brands on opening, including world-famous Ibiza Beach Club Café del Mar, globally renowned Mediterranean restaurant Paradiso and critically acclaimed Japanese street-food concept Akiba Dori – Yas Bay Waterfront will complement the already exciting offerings at Yas Bay, including Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island Hotel, and Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi’s first-of-its-kind multi-purpose, indoor entertainment venue.
UAE NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATIONS AT YAS BAY (Wednesday, 1 December – Saturday, 4 December, 2021)
Yas Island celebrates the 50th UAE National Day with 4 days of roaming entertainment and live DJ from 5pm – 11pm every night throughout 1 – 4 December and 3 days of fireworks every night at 9pm from 1 – 3 December at Yas Bay, the newest nightlife destination of Abu Dhabi.
FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2021 (Thursday, 9 December – Sunday, 12 December, 2021)
The Formula 1 World Championship 2021, the Middle East’s biggest international sporting event, will be hosting the final race of the season at the Island’s Yas Marina Circuit.
Racers Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will compete to win the title, while the line-up of the world’s biggest stars at Yasalam After Race concerts including Khalid, Stormzy, Lewis Capaldi and Foo Fighters will delight the crowds at Etihad Park, as the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021 promises an unforgettable weekend with never-ending fun.
ABU DHABI AQUATICS FESTIVAL (Thursday, December 16, 2021 – Tuesday, December 21, 2021)
The FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) is set to be one of the most exciting sports events on the 2021 global sports calendar welcoming the world’s best ‘short course’ swimmers, fresh from the Olympic Games, to Etihad Arena from 16 – 21 December 2021.
Alongside the swimming action in the Arena, sports fans will be able to catch spectacular aquatics displays in Yas Bay with the FINA High Diving Qualifier, the ultimate leg of the FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series 2021, a brand-new Open Water Swimming Mixed Relay and a FINA Diving Team Exhibition set to wow the crowds.
And that’s not all! The interactive Market Place guarantees hours of fun for all, packed with family-friendly entertainment, cultural learning experiences, delicious food and beverage and more.
It’s set to be breath-taking.
WINTER SEASON AT YAS THEME PARKS
From adrenaline fueled rides, to family friendly markets and traditional meals to sumptuous brunches all set against a backdrop of fabulous fireworks and festive events, Yas Island is the most fun-packed place to spend the holiday season. Visitors can enjoy Winter On Italian Street at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, join their favorite animated characters to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year the Looney way at Winter Spectacular at Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi or head to Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi for a splash-tastic line up of immersive aqua-adventures and fantastic holiday films during Winter Wonderlights.
As wth every year, Yas Island’s skies will explode in a blaze of color and lights in celebration of the New Year. Guests can feast their eyes on the festive décor all around Yas Island, Yas Marina and Yas Bay and participate in a celebratory New Year’s countdown to one of the most iconic and festive firework displays in the region.
NSO PRESENTS AN EVENING WITH FRANK SINATRA (Friday, 14 January, 2022)
The NSO Big Band is promising a night of pizazz and high-impact sound for the stunning musical extravaganza, featuring hit tunes by the most popular and influential crooner of the 20th Century – Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra. The tribute to Frank Sinatra’s enduring musical legacy feature special guest, Marc G. Dalio as ‘Frank’, along with Conductor Andrew Berryman, who will lead those in attendance through a myriad of Frank Sinatra’s hits including ‘Fly me to the Moon’ and ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’ as well as his signature ‘My Way’ for for a memorable night out
ABU DHABI HSBC CHAMPIONSHIP (Thursday, January 20, 2022 – Sunday, January 23, 2022)
The Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship is a Rolex Series tournament and recognized as one of the biggest events on the European Tour schedule, regularly attracting some of the world’s best golfing legends. The award-winning event will return with another star-studded field and will tee off at a new venue, Yas Links.
AN EVENING WITH JIM GAFFIGAN (Friday, January 21, 2022)
American stand-up comedian, actor, writer and producer, Jim Gaffigan, will take to the stage at Etihad Arena for his first performance in the UAE, bringing his ‘Fun Tour’ to the capital and giving comedy fans something to look forward to in the new year.
Guests between 12 and 16 years of age will require a valid negative PCR test with a 96-hour validity and guests who are 16 years old and above must be fully vaccinated with a ‘Green’ status on the Al Hosn app as well as a negative PCR test with a 96-hour validity.
Stringent health and safety measures are in place at all venues, in accordance with the current government guidelines. Additionally, pod seating has been created for family and friends to safely enjoy the concert while social distancing from other groups in attendance. As an additional precaution, face coverings are mandatory for all guests except when eating or drinking in their seats, as per government guidelines.
With 95% of eligible employees vaccinated, Yas Island appeals to conscientious international travellers as it is currently one of the safest places in the world for travel. As a recognition of its exemplary safety enhancements and commitment to visitors, Yas Island has received over 25 health and safety accreditations, including the coveted ‘Safe Travels’ stamp by the World Travel and Tourism Council in August 2020—the first destination in Abu Dhabi to receive the international honour.
About Yas Island
Yas Island is one of the world’s fastest growing leisure and entertainment destinations, located on the golden shores of Abu Dhabi – just 20 minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi and 50 minutes from Dubai. Yas Island offers holiday makers a diverse mix of award-winning leisure and entertainment experiences, from one-of-a-kind theme parks, world-class shopping and superb dining, to a links golf course, exciting water and motor sports, and spectacular musical, entertainment and family events… all within the 25 sq km Island. Today, Yas Island is home to the award-winning theme parks Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, the record-breaking CLYMB™ Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina Circuit (home to the FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX™), Yas Marina, the award-winning Yas Links golf course, as well as Abu Dhabi’s largest mall, Yas Mall. With hotels, including W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island, Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island, Crowne Plaza Yas Island Abu Dhabi, Yas Island Rotana, Centro Yas Island by Rotana, Radisson Blu Hotel Abu Dhabi Yas Island, Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Abu Dhabi Yas Island and Staybridge Suites Abu Dhabi Yas Island, plus more than 165 dining experiences, the destination also features indoor and outdoor concert venues including MAD and Etihad Arena – all of which are complemented by a range of visitor services that connect all attractions to one another