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Yas Island, Saadiyat Island receive record-breaking number of visitors in 2023

Miral reveals record visitor numbers for Yas Island and Saadiyat Island in 2023
6 May 2024 14:50

ABU DHABI (ALETIHAD)

Yas Island welcomed over 34 million visits in 2023, which is a 38 percent increase compared to the year before. Additionally, Saadiyat Island visitor numbers grew by 44 percent compared to 2022.

This aligns with the sustainable growth of Abu Dhabi’s tourism sector.

Group CEO of Miral, Mohamed Abdalla Al Zaabi, said: "These record-breaking figures reiterate our commitment to positioning Yas Island as a global destination for entertainment and leisure, and Saadiyat Island as a leading beach, nature and cultural destination."

"Aligned with Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Strategy 2030, our goal is to deliver new leisure, entertainment, and cultural destinations and experiences that enhance visitor experiences while generating sustainable value and contributing significantly to Abu Dhabi’s tourism growth and economic diversification," he explained.

Regarding theme parks and CLYMB at Yas Island, these facilities recorded an 83 percent increase last year compared to 2022.

As for visitors from the GCC, the figure rose by 125 percent compared to the previous year.

Theme parks across the Island also saw a substantial 167 percent increase in international visits, primarily driven by travellers from India, the UK, Russia, and Germany.

Yas Island’s consumer events received an increase of 87 percent, as more than 560,000 visitors attended concerts, performances, as well as family and sports events.

Furthermore, Yas Island received 23 MICE Groups, a 77 percent rise compared to the previous year, with a total related increase in spending of 62 per cent compared to the previous year.

The summer of 2023 had a 96 percent surge in visitation in July and August compared to 2022.

Hotels on Yas Island also experienced growth, with a 90 percent occupancy during June to August.

Yas Island will also feature new developments, including the 16,900 square metre expansion to Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, and a Harry Potter theme park at Warner Bros.

World Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Additional projects include the 560-metre beachfront development of Yas Bay Beach, serving as an addition to leisure and lifestyle experiences at Yas Bay Waterfront.

The newly developed attractions on Saadiyat Island, in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), include teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi, a multi-sensory art experience at Saadiyat Cultural District, as well as the Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi.

Yas Island and Saadiyat Island received more than 170 regional and international accolades last year.

Yas Island received 130 awards, while Saadiyat Island received over 40 awards across the travel and tourism sector.

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