Yas Island was ‘go-to’ destination for Eid Al Adha
Yas Island, a premier UAE entertainment destination, concluded its 2017 Eid Al Adha celebrations having welcomed thousands of local visitors and international tourists over the festive long weekend, which took place between Sep 1 and 3.
Hotel occupancy rates reflected a surge in the number of visitors who stayed at the island this Eid Al Adha, in comparison to last year.
Nearly 3,000 visitors flocked to Yas Marina on the first day of Eid to kick off their holiday by enjoying a captivating spectacle on land and in the sky; the waterside promenade was peppered with fire and light performers as well as popular food trucks and interactive games, while live DJs spun fresh beats leading up to a dazzling fireworks show.
Mohamed Abdalla Al Zaabi, CEO of Miral, stated: “The influx of people coming to Yas Island over the Eid break demonstrates its popularity among people from the world over. We are delighted to see the island be people’s ‘go-to’ destination of choice when they celebrate milestone days – such as Eid Al Adha – or if they’re enjoying one of the events from our diverse event calendar. Whether you’re looking to chill with friends, looking for a family adventure or having a combination of the two, Yas Island definitely has something to offer you.”
Visitors this Eid-Al-Adha got a taste of the UAE’s rich heritage through the various activities being held around the island – ranging from the traditional Ayyala performances at Yas Mall, to interacting with a falcon at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.
Also popular among visitors were the large variety of family activities like face painting, arts and crafts, bouncy castles and more at Yas Beach, as well as the games at the “Amwaj” area at Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi.
Jesse Vargas, General Manager, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, said: “This year, in addition to the Emirati-inspired Eid activities and shows, we collaborated with national initiatives that focus on storytelling for schoolchildren, including the UAE’s ‘New Fairytales & Fables’, an initiative we are genuinely proud to support.”
Meanwhile, Saoud Khoory, General Manager of Yas Mall, said: “During the Eid, Yas Mall was filled with tourists and residents who enjoyed both the ultimate non-stop entertainment and our unique shopping and dining experiences.”
Eid Al Adha also marked the final week of the highly successful ‘Eid-to-Eid spend and win #SayYas’ campaign. The winners of the grand prize draw for the AED1,000,000 cash prize and the Tesla car are expected to be announced before the end of September.
With at least one big event taking place every two-three weeks, Yas Island will host a record total of 23 events over the upcoming period that include an unprecedented five international shows.