“You only live once.” This mantra reminds people to live their lives to the fullest.
Aside from appreciating the little things, living a full life also means trying activities you don’t usually engage in at least once in your lifetime.
If you’re just about to write down the things you want to do before you kick the proverbial bucket, you may want to pause for a moment and think about Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.
A multipurpose hub at the heart of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), this 9.7-square-mile island houses some of the best theme parks that offer one-of-a-kind rides and attractions.
If it’s your first time reading about this place, this article will show you the top eight Yas Island must-visit attractions you should consider adding to your bucket list.
Yas Waterworld: Jebel Drop
Yas Waterworld is a leading tourist destination in Abu Dhabi offering a unique waterpark experience inspired by the country’s pearl diving legacy.
In this part of Yas Island, you’ll find several attractions considered bucket-list-worthy, including Jebel Drop, the highest waterslide in the waterpark.
This attraction offers the most scenic view of the entire park. Of course, that’s just the beginning of an unforgettably wild experience.
Standing on a ten-story-high platform, guests are in for a spine-tingling experience as they begin a quick, heart-racing descent through one of two solo speed slides.
Yas Waterworld: Liwa Loop
Most people consider long waterslides the highlight of water parks. But Yas Waterworld is different.
Besides having an unparalleled height, some attractions offer something extra unique. Liwa Loop is an excellent example.
The first freefall drop slide in the Arab region, this water slide offers adrenaline-pumping action by letting guests fall through a disappearing floor. The ride is nothing short of exhilarating, thanks to the high-intensity looping action, which definitely counts as a once-in-a-lifetime experience (unless you’re brave enough to go through it multiple times, of course).
Ferrari World: Formula Rossa
After over a decade, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi still holds the record for housing the fastest roller coaster on Earth.
Running at a top speed of 149 miles per hour (mph) within 4.9 seconds, Formula Rossa can zip through the track as fast as the golden eagle flies through the sky. This is also thanks to the ride’s state-of-the-art hydraulic launch system.
Upon reaching its climax, the roller coaster lets riders experience up to 4.8 G-force.
As if that’s not enough, the ride shoots into a 170-foot climb before dropping into a sharp left turn before the coaster goes up again. After it descends once more, it goes into a tight right turn, leading into another sharp left to complete the most intense figure eight in the world.
Ferrari World: Driving Experience
Ferrari World has many famous attractions besides Formula Rossa. In terms of bucket-list-worthy experiences, the Ferrari Driving Experience definitely makes the cut.
As the name suggests, it offers fans a chance to drive a luxurious Ferrari car around Abu Dhabi.
You can choose from among the available world-famous luxury car models and ride with trained Ferrari drivers, some of whom have racing experience.
To help you capture your time here, you’ll also be given digital pictures of the drive recorded on a GoPro. You can get them saved on a flash disk and printed with a carbon fiber jacket frame.
If you choose to add this experience to your bucket list, be sure to arrive ahead of time so you can attend the mandatory briefing session before the drive. And don’t forget to bring your driver’s license or driving permit.
Warner Bros. World: Justice League: Warworld Attacks
Have you ever dreamt about saving the world someday? If you answer on the affirmative, a trip to Warner Bros. World will be the perfect experience to complete your bucket list.
Bring out your inner hero and get a chance to fight evil in Justice League: Warworld Attacks.
In this trackless and motion-based ride, you can enjoy multiple immersive media scenes showing Earth’s mightiest superheroes as they face Mongul and his extraterrestrial army.
No other attraction will let you experience what it’s like to work alongside Superman, Wonder Woman, and Cyborg to save the world.
If you’re unlikely to get a chance to do it in real life, then now is your chance to get the next best thing.
Pro Tip: If you’re going with your girlfriends, time your trip right around the park’s scheduled ladies’ day in Abu Dhabi. During this event, powerful women in the DC Universe dominate the spotlight, while female guests get exclusive access to the park.
Warner Bros. World: Batman: Knight Flight
Considered one of the most innovative attractions in Warner Bros. World, Batman: Knight Flight is a dark ride system that uses a next-generation robotic arm that takes guests on an intense flight over Gotham City.
As soon as you enter, you’ll be recruited for a special job by none other than the Dark Knight himself. The mission? To catch the Joker and stop him from wreaking havoc while riding Wayne Tech’s new crime-fighting aircraft, the Drone Wing.
CLYMB: Flight Chamber
CLYMB Abu Dhabi is an adventure hub with two record-breaking attractions: the world’s tallest indoor climbing wall and the largest indoor skydiving chamber.
Opened in November 2019, this popular destination for thrill-seekers promised to bring guests to new heights. Interestingly, CLYMB delivered in both the figurative and literal sense.
Hailed as the biggest of its kind on the planet, the skydiving wind tunnel boasts a whopping 32 feet by 104 feet size – astounding when compared to the 14-foot height of the average wind tunnel.
Besides its size, CLYMB’s flight chamber also offers an unforgettable adventure with four times more flight power, thanks to the 16 fans (vs. four in most flight chambers).
CLYMB: The SUMMYT
CLYMB Abu Dhabi also houses The SUMMYT – a towering indoor wall climbing structure that scales an unprecedented height of 138 feet.
This record-breaking attraction designed for climbing enthusiasts and thrill-seekers also comes with 13 unique climbing routes. Each of them offers an experience that not only burns calories but also ensures you have an unforgettable time here.
Live Like There’s No Tomorrow
You only live once. What better way to show your gratitude for every day you wake up than by trying out things you can only experience at least once in your lifetime?
Complete your bucket list with these experiences on Yas Island and live like there’s no tomorrow.