We often take happiness for granted, but the importance of this positive emotion has led to the UN declaring 20 March the official International Day for Happiness. It is a chance for us to find uplifting and positive ways to look after ourselves and others. Whether that’s finding a moment of calm, embarking on an adventure or trying something new, happiness means many different things to different people.
This is why we have compiled a guide on activities to make you feel happy this International Day of Happiness, and what better place to do it than Abu Dhabi’s premier leisure and entertainment hub, Yas Island. With its wealth of one-of-a-kind experiences, iconic landmarks and picturesque scenery, here are five ways to feel happy on Yas Island– whatever you love doing.
Love adrenaline? Try out the Roof Top walk and Zip Line.
If you’re the type of person who seeks out adrenaline at every turn, look no further than Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. With the recently opened Roof Walk, brave the Park’s signature red roof and take in spectacular vista views of Yas Island. Alternatively, conquer a heart-stopping challenge on Ferrari World Abu Dhabi’s new zip line, which takes you on an exhilarating journey from the heart of the park through the Flying Aces roller coaster loop.
Love exploration? Kayak through Yas Island’s mangroves.
Want to experience life at a slightly slower pace? Immerse yourself in nature and pick up a kayak from Yas Beach. Nose your way through these incredible marine ecosystems, and surround yourself with the diverse and flora and fauna that Abu Dhabi has to offer. If you want more of a challenge, grab yourself a paddle board and get to work on your core whilst experiencing the serene delights of nature.
Love relaxing? Chill at Yas Beach.
If your idea of happiness involves lying on the sand with a good paperback and a gentle breeze blowing over your face, look no further than Yas Beach. Kick back on a sun lounger and let all of the stresses and strains of city life soak away into the sand. Fancy getting away from it even more? Rent a private chalet to enjoy some serene solitude at Yas Beach.
Love to tee-off? Head to Yas Links Abu Dhabi.
For the golf lovers out there, we know that the sight of a fairway is all you need to feel content. Yas Links Abu Dhabi is the first true Links Golf Course in the region, designed by none other than the esteemed golf course designer, Kyle Phillips. Want to work on your game? Touch up your skills at the Yas Links Golf Academy and perfect those shots for a hole-in-one, every time.
Love to dine? Head to Yas Marina.
If you consider yourself a gourmand, then there is no place better suited than Yas Marina to satisfy every foodie’s need. Dive into the rustic taste of Italian cuisine at Cipriani, delve through the mysteries of Lebanese cuisine at Zahr-El-Laymoun, or refresh yourself with the delicious taste of seafood at Aquarium.
Love to shop? Head to Yas Mall.
For the shopaholics out there, Yas Mall is the retail destination to head to. As Abu Dhabi’s largest mall, there are hundreds of options to style up your wardrobe, from homegrown designers to leading global brands. Are you heading out with friends? Catch up over coffee or dine at one of Yas Mall’s leading restaurants to fully enjoy a day of retail therapy.
Love living the celeb life? Head to W Hotel – Abu Dhabi and Yas Marina Circuit.
Yas Island is famous for being Abu Dhabi’s celebrity destination of choice, and the main place for celebrities to rest their heads is W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island. Sitting in the centre of Yas Marina Circuit, head there yourself to see where global superstars such as Will Smith, Lewis Hamilton, and Geri Halliwell have soaked up some of the happy spirit that Yas Island has to offer.
GO: Visit www.yasisland.ae for more information.