Looking for a Middle Eastern adventure, soaked with the wonders and riches of an Arabian night and the mystical charm of the desert winds? Such can be found on Sir Bani Yas Island which is located about 250 km from the capital of the United Arab Emirates-Abu Dhabi. This wildlife reserve was built in the year of 1971 by Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder of the United Arab Emirates. Today this island is boasts thousands of fascinating animals from all around the world and awe inspiring flora of various trees and plants. This development in the middle of such rugged landscape is a result of decades of intensive conservation projects and ecological investment.
The island supports a diverse eco system made up of Deer, Giraffes, Gazelle and Oryx. This includes the largest heard of the Arabian Oryx which is an endangered species. The island is also a bird sanctuary which facilitates over a 100 species of birds that are indigenous to the region. The island sanctuary offers much to the visitor and whilst conservation remains at its core the visitor may enjoy mountain biking, nature trails and the true Arabian night outdoor dining experience.
The conservation effort is an long term process and in order to maintain ‘the circle of life’ much has been done in chapters such as relocating foreign animals to the island, monitoring and managing of breeding programmes, the process of creating new vegetation and water holes for the animals to graze on. Water adventure is also available on the island in the form of kayaking through mangrove forests or on the bay.Snorkeling is also very popular where visitors may chance upon sea turtles and an array of marine life.
Those who wish to visit this magical place may find accommodation in the many Abu Dhabi resorts that are on offer. Such a luxury resort Abhu Dhabi has to offer is the Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara which is located on the island with a view of the cobalt blue Arabian Sea on one side and the freshwater lagoon on the other. This Resort is the only one on Sir Bani Yas Island and is perfect for an Arabian adventure.