For a masterclass in environmental responsibility look no further than Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts. Not only are they the only resorts on Abu Dhabi’s most famous natural island, they also share this astonishing protected landscape with the Arabian Wildlife Park – the largest wildlife reserve in Arabia. So if you’re ready for your next eco-adventure, you couldn’t pick a more perfect setting.
Way back in 1971, when Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan first developed the Arabian Wildlife Park on Sir Bani Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, its aim was to safeguard the future of several endangered indigenous species. Today it’s the largest wildlife reserve in Arabia and looking at the abundance of oryx, giraffe, zebra and dozens of other rare and lovely animals, it’s clear Sheikh Zayed’s vision has been realised, and then some.
In addition to the wonderful wildlife, Sir Bani Yas Island can also date its history of human habitation back to the Bronze Age. Over 40 sites of archaeological interest have been excavated on the island so far and digging into the past is ongoing, so seeing archaeologists in action is just one of many unique experiences here.
And of course there are beautiful island beaches too, as well as mangrove lagoons, dunes and wadis to wander – or bike or hike – grasslands to explore and just about endless opportunities to commune with nature and get close as close to the wild residents – the only other inhabitants on Sir Bani Yas Island, apart from Anantara Resorts.