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Yas Island Abu Dhabi Signs Up Ryan Reynolds as Celebrity Ambassador and ‘Chief Island Officer’

Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds has been named Yas Island Abu Dhabi’s new chief island officer/celebrity ambassador.

The Deadpool star will be the main international celebrity face of the luxury resort.

He follows in the footsteps of recent celebrity ambassadors US comedian Kevin Hart and action film star Jason Momoa, chiefly known for his roles in the Aquaman movie franchise and Game of Thrones.

“With the appointment of Ryan Reynolds as our latest chief island officer of Yas Island Abu Dhabi, we continue the tradition of excellence established by Kevin Hart and Jason Momoa. Reynolds brings his own unique blend of charisma, energy, and enthusiasm to the role, promising to elevate the Yas Island experience to even greater heights. We’re thrilled to embark on this exhilarating journey with him, inviting fans worldwide to be part of the legacy,” said Liam Findlay, chief executive of Miral Destinations.

Reynolds spoke, at length, to The National, the Abu Dhabi-based daily English-language newspaper for the UAE:

“I was excited to see Ferrari World, which didn’t disappoint.”

“Like most people, I’ve never driven a Ferrari. But the world they’ve built is so immersive. It’s impossible to not be awed by these cars. Which are works of art. And the rides will leave you absolutely breathless. I’ve never seen rides that fast. Incredible.”

If you had to cast a film set on Yas Island, what would the movie be about?

“The last thing I’d want to do is set a film there. That would mean I’d spend my time working. Yas is built to help you unplug, golfing, amusement parks, pools and a ton of attractions. Less work. More play.”

Describe your ideal holiday. Are you a thrill seeker or leisure lounger?

“I can go for a bit of both. I like a couple of days to unwind and then a little excitement works just fine for me.”

Which Hollywood buddy would like to go on a vacation with to Yas Island?

I suspect Hugh Jackman would have a pretty good time at Yas, I don’t think he golfs, so I’d probably get him on the course right away.

One memory you’ll be taking back home from Yas Island?

“I loved the attention to detail. Everywhere you look it seems this place is made with care, relaxation, and adventure in mind. That said, the rollercoaster at Ferrari World was something I don’t think I’ll ever forget. I wasn’t expecting it to move that fast.”

Allie Sheehan
Allie Sheehan
I have worked in the travel industry for seven years, from working in American Holidays and The Travel Corporation I have a wealth of knowledge of all aspects of travel. Before joining ITTN I worked for Facebook which gave me the inside knowledge of the wonderful world of social media. I have a BSc in Event Management and am also a qualified beauty therapist (which definitely comes in handy in this business). Recently I joined the AWTE Ireland committee and I am enjoying working with and connecting with the network of women in travel.

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