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Yas Gateway Park
The perfect place to indulge in simple pleasures like a
family picnic, a place to appreciate the world we live in
and the time we have to spend together, Yas Gateway Park
signifies a noteworthy piece of landscape within the Yas
Island ‘Masterplan’. As the A&J diaries provide testament,
we are firm believers in the work/life balance and can fully
appreciate the appeal of a weekend spent whiling away
the hours in the stunning surroundings of Yas Gateway
Park with its magnificently manicured lawns. This is a
place where couples, families and hard-working business
people can come to recharge their batteries and experience
the sheer exhilaration of fresh air and the rejuvenation
of outdoors life. Within this incredibly spacious green
landscape, children chase each other, kick balls around and
fly kites and couples relax in the glorious warm sunshine
appreciating the natural environment that Aldar work
so tirelessly to preserve. Within the acres of space at Yas
Gateway Park, are a number of distinct areas comprising
play areas, BBQ and seating areas, floodlit tennis courts
and an exercise circuit, connected by pedestrian and cycle
paths. So whatever you enjoy doing with your leisure
time, you can enjoy doing it at Yas Gateway Park. We
were perfectly content to spread out a picnic rug, indulge
in a few of our favourite foods and simply sit back and
watch the joyful scenes play out before us as people
seemed to simply revel in the joy of being alive and outside
in our beautiful world. The Yas Gateway Park not only
provides parkland for relaxation and recreation, but also
provides parking for cars and coaches to the Yas Marina
Circuit and serves as an enticing focal point to the island
for visitors and residents alike.
Yas Links Golf Course
Abu Dhabi has been named ‘Golf Destination Of
The Year Africa & Gulf States 2012’ in the prestigious
International Association of Golf Tour Operators
(IAGTO) awards, in which over 380 specialised operators
from 55 countries vote for the golf destinations viewed as
the best performing by their clients, so it’s a great place to
come to indulge your golfing passion, not least because of
the clear blue skies and warming sun. A golfer’s paradise,
Yas Links Golf Course promotes itself as a course that will
enhance both your game and your senses. Providing the
ultimate golfing challenge, from the first tee on the west
shores of Yas Island it’s not difficult to see the similarities
between this beautiful golf course and the old Scottish
links course from which its design is heavily influenced.
Designed by Kyle Phillips – one of the world’s prominent
golf course designers – Yas Links offers a golfing
experience as rewarding as it is challenging. Surrounded
by magnificent mangroves – of which 130,000 are new
trees planted by Aldar – and amongst tall, testing grasses
and deep bunkers line the fairways push even the finest
golfers. Adjacent to the 18-hole course, named as Best
Golf Course and Best Club 2010 at the Middle East
Golfer Awards, is a par-3 academy course and floodlit
practice facilities. In keeping with the unique style of the
course itself, the main Andalucía-styled clubhouse boasts
incredible coastal views from a variety of vantage points.
It’s not all about the golf ! Relax with a drink, sample
the fine dining, enjoy personalised pampering in the
locker room or unwind with a dip in the pool. Whatever
facilities you take advantage of; you will be treated to an
unrivalled service. On visiting the club, it is easy to see
why it has gone from strength to strength since opening in
June 2010.
Yas Marina and Yacht Club
Transforming the face of recreational boating in the
Arabian Gulf, Yas Marina and Golf Club combine high
quality services for yacht owners with relaxed facilities for
cabin crew in a stunning waterfront setting that will take
your breath away. It is clear when you arrive at the Marina
that this is the place where the elite gather for adrenalin
fuelled social experience in the lap of luxury. The Marina
provides 142 berths for yachts from 10 to 90m for annual
mooring and boating enthusiasts from around the globe
are drawn to the area for the varied events throughout the
year. If you don’t want to take advantage of the annual
mooring, there is also visitor berthing available for yachts
of up to 150m providing a first-class viewpoint for the
Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Conceived as an iconic landmark the Yas Island Yacht
Club’s streamlined curved structure makes a dramatic
impact on the brand new Yas Marina and Formula One
Track bringing added appeal to the wide-ranging leisure
and hospitality facilities already available within the
precinct. Designed by Omiros One Architecture (O1A)
for Aldar Properties, the Yas Island Yacht Club is his first
significant work in the Middle East. O1A principal and
founder Mr Omiros Emmanouilides describes the design
as;
“a composition of dynamic and fluid forms that link the
buildings to the nautical theme, the heritage of the location
and the new F1 character of Yas Island.” “The Yacht Club is
designed to excite, inspire and strengthen the concept that is
Yas.”
The celebrated Yas Island Yacht Club is characterised
by the gleaming white exterior shells of the two main
buildings set against the exhilarating backdrop of the Yas
Marina and F1 Track. Crystal LED façade lights weaved
into the shells transform them into huge pixelated viewing
screens set dramatically against the night sky. With its
prominent 45 metre observation tower, the first building
houses lively restaurants, bars, lounges, function rooms
and outdoor decking areas with fabulous views all lend
themselves perfectly to five-star socialising. The upper
level VIP Lounge incorporates private dining facilities,
meeting areas and gathering spaces. The talking point is
a superlative curved ceiling which follows the external
skin of the building’s shell. The ‘bow’ of the Yacht Club
opens onto outdoor decks at all three levels. Building
two retains a quieter character with a waist-shaped
glass internal courtyard; this is where the retail and
administration activity takes place. At the clubhouse,
Florentine architect Michele Bonan’s Cipriani restaurant
is a chic setting for fine dining with an outdoor terrace
overlooking the marina. Drawing in an eclectic mix of
individuals to social in sumptuous surroundings, it comes
highly recommended by us as does Yotto, a fashionable
venue where you can indulge your love of Japanese cuisine.
Believe us when we say you’ll want to work your way
through the menu. And if you want to keep the party
going well into the night, Allure is a fabulous nightclub
attracting a stylish crowd who come together to dance
away the evening in a stunning location overlooking the
marina and Yas Island race track.
A Destination packed full of Surprises
From traditional bazaars and markets to art galleries,
open air theatres, shopping centres and cinemas, there
is so much to see and do in Abu Dhabi. The perfect
destination for business travel, family holidays and
romantic escapes, there is something to appeal to
everyone. Get out there and explore – you might be
surprised at what you discover.
Motor World
Located on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, near to the
International Airport, a rich customer experience awaits
at Motor World. This new automotive development has
been designed to offer the one-stop-shop convenience of
all automotive requirements under one roof. Dedicated
to buying, selling and servicing both new and pre-owned
cars, Motor World will also enable customers to sort
their automotive finance, insurance and registration
requirements efficiently on site. There are also car wash,
quick service facilities, car accessories and ample car
parking spaces available within this friendly and modern
environment where customers can purchase cars in
accordance with the highest standards of professionalism.
With landscaped green public spaces and a network of
pedestrian foot paths, Motor World will be a dedicated
automotive precinct bringing together car dealerships,
authorities, car finance and insurance agents and other
various automobile related industries into one centralised
outlet in the capital. Dealing with all automotive needs
in Abu Dhabi, Motor World provides an inimitable
combination of residential and mixed-use components,
comprising a 3-star hotel with a business centre and a
variety of refreshment outlets and a number of public
facilities that address the growing demand for a family-
friendly automotive experience. The multi-purpose test-
track for salon and SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) at Motor
World has the benefit of dual-functionality in that it not
only allows customers to test drive their vehicles prior to
purchase but also provides the ideal venue for dealerships
to host events and accommodate training requirements.
Within a relaxed and comfortable environment there
is no pressure to rush into a decision. On the contrary,
the availability of service experts on site and many cafes
and restaurant s where you can contemplate the decision
making process of purchasing a new car makes this the
pleasurable and exciting experience it should be. The 118
showrooms created during Phase One are now completely
leased and when all phases are complete, Motor World
will be the new home for new and used car showrooms
in Abu Dhabi making the car buying process easy and
enjoyable.
Yas Mall
At the heart of Yas Island is a shopaholics’ sanctuary – a
haven where a diverse spectrum of retail outlets will
entice and their contents offer something to appeal to
all tastes and needs. You will almost be able to smell the
expectation in the air as shoppers move contentedly from
one shop to another. Housing over 400 stores, including
hypermarket, restaurants, food court, multiplex cinema
and family entertainment centre, Yas Mall will introduce
further appeal to the already appealing Yas Island. This
regional shopping mall boasts 230,000 sq m of gross
leasable retail space and will be home to many of the
world’s leading brands and exclusive designer labels and
also feature the largest IKEA store in the MENA region
which proudly opened its doors to expectant shoppers
in March. We were delighted to discover that Yas Mall
is one of the first malls to achieve the 2 pearls design
certification from Estidama – who far some simply being a
sustainability program is in fact the symbol of an enthused
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