Three islands in Abu Dhabi to add to your must-see list
The historical one
Delma Island pays homage to the UAE’s rich history, and fittingly so. It’s one of the oldest known permanent settlements in the emirates, and once an important hub for pearl trading. Today, the island’s Al-heerat sites are popular among dive enthusiasts in search of precious gems. Visit Bayt Al Muraykhi for a history lesson at Delma Museum.
The wild one
One of the largest islands in the UAE, Sir Bani Yas Island is home to a vast man-made nature reserve. Once a barren dry land, it is now a thriving habitat for some 13,000 animals, including giraffes, cheetahs and the endangered Arabian oryx. And if you want to stay the night, Anantara has three luxury resorts there.
The fun one
A 10-minute speedboat ride from Saadiyat Island, Zaya Nurai Island is the ideal spot for a glamorous day trip. White sands and crystal-clear waters attract a beach loving crowd to this private island resort. We say go for an exclusive Friday brunch at Frangipani restaurant. Day passes cover beach and pool access, plus boat transfers.
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