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Published on : Thursday, December 17, 2015
The award-winning nature and wildlife island reserve, Sir Bani Yas Island, being developed into an internationally-renowned tourist destination by the Tourism Development and Investment Company, TDIC, has won the ‘World’s Leading Sustainable Tourism Destination’ award at the 2015 World Travel Awards in Morocco.
It was announced during a special ceremony at the Mazagan Beach and Golf Resort, in the presence of international tourism industry leaders, including senior officials of principal travel companies and tourist board chiefs. The World Travel Awards is acknowledged around the world as one of the highest recognition for a travel product, celebrating excellence in the global and travel tourism industry.Initially developed into a wildlife reserve by the late president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Sir Bani Yas Island is now home to over 13,000 free-roaming animals as a result of dedicated environmental and conservation efforts.
Guests can see the Island’s diverse wildlife by participating in various activities that take them around the 4,100-hectare Arabian Wildlife Park, such as Nature and Wildlife Drives. They can also enjoy a wide range of eco-conscious activities that include wadi walks, horseback riding, pearl diving, kayaking, and mangrove planting. Those interested in visiting or staying on Sir Bani Yas Island can enjoy short direct flights from Abu Dhabi and Dubai or can use boat transfers from Jebel Dhanna in the Western Region.
The 87-square kilometre island located off the coast of Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas Island features threehigh-end resorts; Desert Islands Resort and Spa by Anantara, Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al YammVilla Resort, and Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villa Resort, all managed by the prominent Thai-hospitality group, Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas.