Zaya Nurai Island – The hidden gem of Abu Dhabi

Zaya Nurai Island – The hidden gem of Abu Dhabi
Courtesy of Zaya Nurai Island

Summer is here, and everyone is thinking about going on vacation. UAE residents' appetite for travel grows as borders reopen. According to a recent survey published by YouGov, six out of 10 (or 59%) of residents in the UAE took a domestic or international leisure trip last year, despite the Covid-19 challenge. If you are planning to spend your summer vacation here in the UAE, then Zaya Nurai Island can be the perfect destination.

Meaning of Zaya Nurai

Zaya as the island is the flagship development of home-grown Zaya Hospitality. The name says it all. Nur means light in Arabic. The island vibes are best described as peace, privacy, and tranquility. The development consists of 32 luxury boutique villas as well as 23 residential water villas and beach estates.

Where is Zaya Nurai Island located?

Zaya Nurai Island is a private island located along the Arabian Gulf in Abu Dhabi. It is described as a piece of paradise like nowhere else. It is also called the Paradise of the UAE or the Maldives of the UAE.

How to get to Zaya Nurai?

The Zaya Nurai Island can be reached by boat. It is located 10 minutes away from Saadiyat Island – Abu Dhabi. The boat transfer is complimentary to and from the island.

You can enjoy the free sea trip to the island from The Zaya Nurai Welcome center is 20 minutes away from Abu Dhabi city center. Boats depart every 30 minutes to the island and the last boat to leave the island is at 11 pm.

How can I book my trip to Zaya Nurai?

If you are planning to book your stay at Zaya Nurai, you can visit the official website or using a third party like You may also get a day pass which allows you to spend the day on the island and enjoy a unique culinary experience. The island has a variety of restaurants and a SPA that visitors can enjoy.

Can I buy a property on Zaya Nurai Island?

Definitely a yes! Although the number of residential villas available for sale on Nurai Island is very limited, this doesn't necessarily mean that they are not available on the market. A number of villas are available for sale on Nurai Island, and The prices range from AED18M to AED55M.

If you are interested in finding out more about the available properties, contact our sales team.