10 Things to Do at Yas Bay Waterfront

One of the most popular destinations in Abu Dhabi is Yas Island, where you will find many exciting attractions. Recently, a new waterfront destination has opened as well, and it offers plenty of dining, entertainment, and leisure experiences: Yas Bay Waterfront.

Yas Bay Waterfront is brought to us by Miral, a leading developer based in Abu Dhabi. In this article, we will take a look at what this new leisure hub has to offer: world-class dining, live music and entertainment, sports events, music concerts, and much, much more!

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Top Things to Do at Yas Bay Waterfront

The waterfront is part of the incredible Yas Bay development, which includes residences and a dedicated media zone. The waterfront itself will include two luxury hotels, over 20 food and beverage outlets, a floating beach club, a boutique cinema, and a multi-purpose arena.

As of this writing, not all attractions along Yas Bay Waterfront have opened yet, though there are some that have already begun operations. And though the entire development is set to open in phases, we can certainly pay a visit and enjoy what the waterfront already has to offer!

Without further ado, here are the top things that you can do at Yas Bay Waterfront:

1. Sample Mediterranean cuisine.

Whether you’re planning to have lunch or an afternoon snack, Paradiso is a top choice. This Mediterranean restaurant is headed by Nicole Rubi and Pierre Gagnaire, a Michelin-lauded chef. Paradiso originates from Cannes in France, and serves pasta, pizza, and seafood dishes. As for the ambiance, guests can choose to dine indoors or at the restaurant’s outdoor setting.

2. Gaze at the breathtaking sunset.

Speaking of the outdoors, don’t forget to catch breathtaking views of the sunset at the waterfront’s Pier 71. Choose from an array of restaurants and bars along the pier, then have some drinks and snacks while enjoying the refreshing breeze and gorgeous views of the Gulf.

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3. Take an evening stroll.

In the evenings, a stroll along the waterfront’s wide, three-kilometre boardwalk is definitely a must. Where else can you enjoy spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf and the Al Raha Beach skyline? There are also many places to sit, relax, and simply hang out. Awesome!

4. Marvel at amazing artworks.

Art lovers will definitely notice the bespoke artworks at Yas Bay Waterfront, such as the giant astronaut behind Pier 71, as well as the large sculpture emerging from the water near Etihad Arena. Apparently, international artists have been tasked to create exclusive pieces for the waterfront — pieces that are inspired by Abu Dhabi’s history, culture, and architecture.

5. Eat, drink, and mingle!

Those who are looking forward to a night of good food, refreshing drinks, and exciting music should head to Cafe Del Mar. Notably, the first Cafe Del Mar was established in 1980 on the Spanish island of Ibiza, which is undoubtedly the “party capital” of the world!

True to its name, the Cafe Del Mar at Yas Bay Waterfront offers a lively evening experience. Aside from serving drinks and fusion dishes (Mediterranean and Middle Eastern to be exact), the place features an infinity pool and cabanas with their own Jacuzzis. There’s also a DJ who is ever ready to spin and present the latest and most popular hits!

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6. Watch the latest events.

Earlier, we mentioned about an artwork near the Etihad Arena, a multi-purpose arena where you can watch the latest sports matches, music concerts, stand-up comedy shows, live shows, and many more. This award-winning arena can seat up to 18,000 guests, and was hailed as the Sustainable Building Design of the Year at the 2018 MENA Green Building Awards. Wow!

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7. Catch the fireworks.

Every weekend this December, there will be a dazzling fireworks display at Yas Bay Waterfront. You can view the fireworks from anywhere along the waterfront, though the best seats are said to be at Siddharta Lounge by Buddha Bar, a famous bar that also has outlets in Dubai, Paris, and Monte Carlo. Cool!

If you don’t have any New Year’s Eve plans just yet, consider going to the waterfront on December 31st, as there will be a spectacular fireworks display to greet the new year!

8. Indulge in a variety of cuisines.

Aside from Paradiso and Siddharta Lounge by Buddha Bar, Yas Bay Waterfront is set to open more food and beverage outlets. Among these are Akiba Dori, Asia Asia, Bushra, Emmy Squared, Hunter and Barrell, La Carnita, Lock Stock and Barrel, The Lighthouse, and Zeera. So foodies, get ready to indulge and fill those tummies!

9. Spend quality time with the family.

Another attraction that will be opening soon at Yas Bay Waterfront is The Central, which is simply described as “a family-friendly venue” and “an entertainment complex for all ages.”

Notably, The Central — along with Asia Asia and Lock Stock and Barrel — is brought to us by Solutions Leisure, a Dubai-based food and beverage group that operates some of the most popular nightlife spots in Dubai. We simply can’t wait for The Central’s all-new concept!

10. Enjoy world-class accommodations.

After all that dining, and strolling, and mingling — why not make the most of your stay and check into a world-class hotel… Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island? Situated at the centre of Yas Bay Waterfront, the hotel provides luxury accommodations and world-class service.

From the Hilton, you can enjoy even more amazing views of the waterfront, while being just a few minutes away from Cafe Del Mar, Pier 71, Etihad Arena, and other famous attractions on Yas Island.

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Video – Yas Bay Waterfront

Wondering what Yas Bay Waterfront is all about? Check out this cool video shared via Yas Bay’s YouTube channel, and discover “where The Waterfront will take you!”

Contact Information – Yas Bay

If you have any questions about Yas Bay and its attractions, do not hesitate to contact them through the following details:

Address: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone: 800YASBAY / +971 800 927229
Email: info@yasbay.ae
Website: https://www.yasbay.ae/
Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/YasBayUAE/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yasbayuae/

Google Map Location

Meanwhile, here is the location of Yas Bay Waterfront on Google Maps, for your reference:

Now that Yas Bay Waterfront has officially opened, tourists and travelers can look forward to enjoying all-new dining, entertainment, and leisure experiences on Yas Island. Of course, to keep in line with health and safety protocols, guests age 16 years old and above may be asked to show proof of full vaccination (e.g. registration via Al Hosn app). Also, don’t forget to practice health and safety habits at all times!