Photo courtesy of Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts
Sir Bani Yas Island Safari
If you want to take to the sea when in Abu Dhabi, hire a boat to ferry you to Sir Bani Yas Island. Anantara operates three resorts on Sir Bani Yas, and any one of them can arrange for a wildlife drive around the 34-square-mile nature reserve that covers half of the island. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahayan, the founder of the UAE, set aside the land on Sir Bani Yas in the ’70s and stocked it with numerous species of animals, allowing them to roam freely within the reserve. Today, you can be driven around the isle in a comfortable modified 4x4 that allows you to stand and take selfies with the island’s cheetahs, oryx, giraffes, or any of its 13,000 creatures.