Archaeological Heritage Sir Bani Yas Island was first mentioned in European literature around 1590 by Gasparo Balbi, an Italian jeweller and merchant, who referred to it as being located in a region where pearls were found. The tradition of pearling continued to be important until the early 20th century.
Sir Bani Yas is 17.5 km (10.9 mi) from north to south and 9 km (5.6 mi) from east to west, making it the largest natural island in the United Arab Emirates. Located just off the shore of the western region of Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas was originally home to Arabia’s largest wildlife reserve.
The Bedouin of the Bani Yas tribe settled on the island of Abu Dhabi in 1761. At this time a haven for wildlife ( Abu Dhabi literally means ‘Father of the Gazelle’), the town expanded rapidly during the heyday of the pearl trade in the late 19th century.
1- Sir Bani Yas Island which is located in Abu Dhabi Emirate (district) but it is actually more than two hours drive from Abu Dhabi city, plus you have to ride a boat (for another 30 minutes) to reach it.
Yas Island is a man – made island, but not created by sand shooting sea vessels. It was once part of mainland Abu Dhabi and, as part of the idea behind the Formula 1 proposal, a strip of land was dredged – what is now the canal.
The city was planned under the guidance of Sheikh Zayed by Japanese architect Katsuhiko Takahashi in 1967 initially for a population of 40,000. The density of Abu Dhabi varies, with high employment density in the central area, high residential densities in central downtown and lower densities in the suburban districts.
Awarded the World’s Leading Sustainable Tourism Destination at the 2014 World Travel Awards, more than half of this incredible island is made up of the Arabian Wildlife Park, one of the region’s largest wildlife reserves home to more than 17,000 free-roaming animals, including Arabian oryx, gazelles, giraffes, hyenas
Bani Yas (from Arabic: بَنُو ياس) is a tribal confederation of Najdi origin in the United Arab Emirates. It had a coalition with many other tribes in the region. The tribal coalition which consists of tribes from Dubai to Khawr al Udayd southeast of Qatar, was called the Bani Yas Coalition.
Here is the list of 11 Islands in UAE.
Did you know? Abu Dhabi’s original name was Milh which means ‘ Salt ‘. At 5,627 sq m (60,570 sq ft), the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque in Abu Dhabi has the largest carpet in the world. Built in 1761, the White Fort was first painted white during renovations in the 1970s.
Abu Dhabi, also spelled Abū Ẓaby, constituent emirate of the United Arab Emirates (formerly Trucial States, or Trucial Oman). Though its international boundaries are disputed, it is unquestionably the largest of the country’s seven constituent emirates, with more than three-fourths of the area of the entire federation.
When Britain finally left the Persian Gulf and when the United Arab Emirates achieved political independence (December 1971), a compromise decision made Abu Dhabi the provisional national capital. It was made the permanent capital of the United Arab Emirates in the early 1990s.
The distance between Abu Dhabi and Yas Island is 22 km. The road distance is 35.4 km.