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Desert Islands, United Arab Emirates

Tel: +971 2 801 5400

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Tel :+971 2 656 1399 or

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Desert Islands Resort  &  Spa by Anantara

P.O. Box 12452, Al Ruwais,
Sir Bani Yas Island,
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Tel:       +971 2 801 5400
Fax:      +971 2 801 5408

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Nestled amid the waters of the Arabian Gulf, Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara offers lavish comforts, splendorous views and adventurous getaways. Our Abu Dhabi beach hotel may be off the beaten path, but getting here from anywhere in the world is easy either by ferry, seaplane or through the luxury of a jet.

This quintessential Arabian five-star hotel offers a true glimpse of Middle East travel thanks to its glorious location on Sir Bani Yas Island, a nature reserve off the coast of Abu Dhabi. The resort sits on a pristine beach surrounded by warm waters safe for swimming and snorkeling. The combination of Desert Islands Resort & Spa’s verdant natural surroundings and impeccable services makes for a complete luxury vacation experience.

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Getting to Desert Islands is now easier than ever with a choice of travel options.  Drive to our jetty on the mainland and enjoy a scenic resort transfer by boat.  Alternatively you can now fly direct from Al Bateen Airport in Abu Dhabi to Sir Bani Yas Island with Rotana Jet. For more details, please see below.

By Car

The resort is located just 8 kilometres off the Abu Dhabi Emirates’ western coastline and 250 kilometres from Abu Dhabi International Airport. Should you wish to drive, follow the E11 highway directly from Abu Dhabi or Dubai in the direction of Tarif and Mirfa.  Continue on, passing Tarif, Mirfa and Baynoona and Al Ruwais. Take exit 113 marked Sir Bani Yas Island, and at the roundabout take the Sir Bani Yas Island exit.  At the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit.  Follow the road until the 3rd roundabout and take the exit for Sir Bani Yas and Jebel Dhana Jetty.  At the jetty you can park your car in a safe covered area before boarding the water taxi for a 10 - 15 minute journey to Sir Bani Yas Island. This boat ride is complimentary for guests of Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara.

Booking Your Seat on the Water Taxi
In order to guarantee your seat on the water taxi kindly contact, provide your reservation number for reference and our team will assist you to reserve the seat.         

Water Taxi Timetable

Please note that the water taxi transfer schedule below is subject to weather conditions and coastguard approval.

Daily water taxi departure times from Jebel Dhana jetty: 
07.00hrs, 10.00hrs, 12.00hrs, 14.00hrs, 16.00hrs, 18.00hrs and 20.00hrs 

Additionally on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 22.30hrs

Daily water taxi departure times from Sir Bani Yas Island jetty: 
06.00hrs, 08.00hrs, 11.00hrs, 13.00hrs, 15.00hrs, 17.00hrs and 19.00hrs 

Additionally on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 21.30hrs

In addition to the boat schedule, special boat transfers may be requested.  These are chargeable at AED 1,500 per boat per way, subject to availability and are dependent on weather conditions as well as clearance from the Abu Dhabi Port Authority.

Transfers must be booked a minimum of 24 hours in advance. The price is excluding 10% service charge and 6% tourism fee.

For enquiries please contact the Central Reservation Office at +971 2 656 1399 or email

By Plane

Travel to Sir Bani Yas Island is swift and seamless thanks to a choice of flight services from Abu Dhabi and Dubai or the spectacle of landing on the water with seaplane flights from Dubai (

Flights start from AED 250 one way

For more information and to book direct flights from Dubai International Airport (Terminal 2) or Abu Dhabi  International Airport (Terminal 2) to Sir Bani Yas Island please visit

For passengers travelling from Al Bateen Airport to Sir Bani Yas Island, Emirates Identification card is sufficient. Passengers taking the flight from Dubai International Airport, will require to carry their passports with exception of UAE & GCC Nationals. UAE & GCC nationals can travel with their National Identification cards.

Please be aware these flight services are operated and managed by a third party hence the operator’s terms and conditions apply.

Limousine Service

Our luxury limousine service transports guests from Abu Dhabi or Dubai to Jebel Dhana jetty, from which point guests board a water taxi and cross the Arabian Gulf to Sir Bani Yas Island’s jetty.

Available vehicles:

  • Jaguar XF: AED 700 from Abu Dhabi Airport/City, AED 1,000 from Dubai
  • Jaguar XJ: AED 800 from Abu Dhabi Airport/City, AED 1,100 from Dubai
  • Lincoln Navigator: AED 800 from Abu Dhabi Airport/City, AED 1,100 from Dubai

Note: The above costs are per vehicle, one way. For limousine transfers please book at least 24 hours prior to arrival. To make a reservation please call +971 (0)2 801 5400 or email us at

Special Offers

Desert Islands Short Breaks Special

Desert Islands Short Breaks Special

Stay for 2 nights or more between now and 30 December 2015, and benefit from daily breakfast, 20% discount on dining and spa throughout stay, as well as complimentary room upgrade. learn more

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Desert Islands Resort  &  Spa by Anantara

P.O. Box 12452, Al Ruwais,
Sir Bani Yas Island,
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Tel:       +971 2 801 5400
Fax:      +971 2 801 5408

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