Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Attractions at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island attractions recreated in the metaverse

Attractions at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island attractions recreated in the metaverse
October 22, 2022

Yas Island, one of the world’s fastest growing leisure destinations, has been recreated in the metaverse as part of a project to recreate Abu Dhabi in the virtual world.

The initiative, involving the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi, Aldar, Miral, twofour54, Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management, Flash Entertainment and Yas Island, will give visitors virtual access to the many attractions on the island.

The Yas Island Metaverse, the first phase of the project, will allow users to build and purchase digital homes, discover cultural attractions, enjoy theme park adventures, special events, premier golf courses, and the Yas Marina racing circuit.

Introducing the project, Saood Al Hosani, Undersecretary at DCT Abu Dhabi, stated “as the Emirate’s offerings evolve, this project provides a new and compelling perspective which allows the world to discover Abu Dhabi in their own time and space.

"The innovative, interactive platform is perfect for highlighting the exceptional lifestyle, cultural and entertainment experiences that Abu Dhabi presents to all visitors and will give both virtual residents and travellers the power to curate their own unique Abu Dhabi itinerary - within a whole new sphere of reality.

“Innovation is central to DCT Abu Dhabi’s commitment to be at the forefront of what is possible, (so) with the Yas Island metaverse, we are inviting the world to experience the excitement of Abu Dhabi’s incredible leisure and entertainment destination - virtually - like never before.”

With the entire physical destination of Yas Island to be recreated across multiple immersive 3D platforms as of 2023, with virtual visitors enjoying the metaverse ecosystem from home.

Talal Al Dhiyebi, Chief Executive of property developer Aldar, said the metaverse project is “the next evolution of Yas Island … firmly placing Yas Island and Abu Dhabi on the global metaverse map”.

Currently in the development phase, Yas Island is being recreated using various metaverse platforms, including The Sandbox and Roblox.

It is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of next year, when it will be operational and available to digital visitors.

James Hartt, Director of Strategic Partnerships at AD Gaming, added “Metaverses also bring a host of opportunities to gamify areas such as education in a truly immersive way, resulting in a significant positive social impact for the community.”

Image: Yas Island from the air.

Related Articles

15th October 2022 - Korean Foundation for International Cultural Exchange unveils Hallyu theme park metaverse

3rd October 2022 - Myzone ventures into the metaverse to encourage more people to get active

23rd September 2022 - Interactive fan event to coincide with first NBA games in Abu Dhabi

20th September 2022 - Miral announces that SeaWorld Abu Dhabi will open next year

16th August 2022 - New Race Series Edition announced for Abu Dhabi marathon

15th August 2022 - Abu Dhabi Sports Council launch Team Managers program to raise efficiency

12th August 2022 - Global Wellness Summit announces innovation competition for wellness in the metaverse and Web3

1st August 2022 - Blockchain company launches first Athletic Metaverse Stadium and competition

8th July 2022 - Populous collaborates with PWR to create the first elite sports facility in the metaverse

6th July 2022 - Interactive children’s zone unveiled for Abu Dhabi National Aquarium

12th May 2022 - Abu Dhabi department of culture and tourism partners with Group

11th May 2022 - Yas Island announces comedian Kevin Hart as its first Chief Island Officer

29th April 2022 - Dubai’s Atlantis Aquaventure and CLYMB Abu Dhabi among MENALAC 2022 award winners

6th April 2022 - Polin spotlights its contribution to construction of National Aquarium of Abu Dhabi

14th February 2022 - Hong Kong’s Ocean Park Partners starts metaverse journey with The Sandbox

17th January 2022 - The National Aquarium Abu Dhabi launches new diving experience

16th November 2021 - World’s first Warner Bros. Hotel opened on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island

29th June 2021 - Live concerts to return to Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island from July

24th March 2021 - Abu Dhabi’s Miral introduces facial recognition at Yas Island theme parks