Sir Bani Yas Island

As one of the largest natural islands in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas Island is home to one of Arabia’s largest wildlife reserves and the "Greening of the Desert" programme, established in 1971 by the late ruler and founder of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Today, after decades of intensive conservation work, his legacy lives on with the new Arabian Wildlife Park, home to thousands of free roaming animals and birds, several million trees and plants, breeding programmes for endangered species and numerous exciting tourism activities.

As a guest to Sir Bani Yas Island you can view nature through a range of fun activities, each designed to showcase this unique environment, from peaceful Guided Walks and Kayaking on waterways, to the thrills of getting up close and personal with the animals on a Nature & Wildlife Drive or Mountain Biking.

The luxurious five-star Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara is the perfect place to return to after an exciting day of activities for a relaxing massage, romantic dinner on the beach or to simply float in the infinity pool with views across the Arabian Sea.

As the heart of the Desert islands destination, tourism offerings on Sir Bani Yas Island are being enhanced with new resorts and activities. While we aim for the least possible impact on visitors’ experience, you may see construction on some areas of Sir Bani Yas Island.

Click here to read about the tourism developments on Sir Bani Yas Island.


The first wildlife breeding programmes on Sir Bani Yas Island were introduced in 1971. In 2009 more than 10,000 animals were re-introduced onto the mainland, as part of a programme with Abu Dhabi Environment Agency.

Sir Bani Yas Island.
You explore it.
We conserve it.

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