Sir Bani Yas Island: Desert Island Discovery

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Sir Bani Yas Island: Desert Island Discovery
« on: November 21, 2010, 19:00:21 »
Sir Bani Yas Island: Desert Island Discovery

Sir Bani Yas Island was the much loved retreat of the late Sheikh Zayed, founding father of the UAE. His passion was to create a green haven for animals given the harsh desert climate. The area around the island is a no-fishing zone and so there is more sea life here than around Abu Dhabi’s coastal areas.

We began our journey from Dubai and headed southwest to the wilderness of Al Gharbia region. Our stop was to be Jebel Dhanna, a jetty from where we would catch our ferry to the island.

A four-hour drive from Dubai (or two hours from Abu Dhabi), a few minutes on the TDIC ferry and a short bus ride later, we found ourselves at the plush doorstep of the Desert Island Resort and Spa on Sir Bani Yas Island. It was only at the resort that we were told the particular highway (E11) that we had taken was notorious for its lack of fuel stops.

Sir Bani Yas Island is the largest of eight natural islands off the coast of Abu Dhabi in the western region of Al Gharbia. The breeding and conservation program of Sir Bani Yas is the evidence of Sheikh Zayed’s love for the island’s natural habitat and the heritage of its people.