Get prepared for plenty of action, entertainment and celebrations as the final F1 race of the season approaches, November 24-25. The 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will see a new World Champion crowned alongside the last race of Fernando Alonso’s Formula 1 career and Amber Lounge’s 10thyear at Abu Dhabi.
This is our official Abu Dhabi Grand Prix guide to make sure your experience is extra special. Click hereto book the Amber Lounge Abu Dhabi Weekend Package.
Touch-down in an exotic oasis
Abu Dhabi is one of the most sensational and majestic places you could visit. With the combination of heritage and international influences, Abu Dhabi is a fascinating mix of old and new.
- • The 600-acre Yas Island development cost $40-billion. It also holds the record for the world’s largest indoor theme park at Ferrari World.
- • The literal translation of Abu Dhabi is ‘Father of the Gazelle’. Abu Dhabi consists of 700 km coastline and has 200 islands.
- • The Capital Gate Building leans more than the tower of Pisa. It is the furthest leaning building in the world.
- • Masdar City, a planned city project in Abu Dhabi is the world’s first zero-carbon, zero-waste, and car-free city.
- • In 2015, Abu Dhabi had over 380,000 camels.
Beyond the track…
Yas Marina Circuit
Take in the sounds and scenes of the Grand Prix as you enjoy the vibrant atmosphere. Click here to explore a 360 view of the elegance and innovation of Yas Marina Circuit.
Adrenalin junkies and Ferrari fans will get a rush at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. This amusement park, mostly indoors and located on Yas Island, is the first Ferrari-branded theme park. Its roller coaster, the Formula Rossa, holds the record as the fastest in the world.
Aldar Headquarters Building
The first circular building of its kind in the Middle East. This aesthetically pleasing building, voted ‘Best Futuristic Design 2008’, is visually stimulating, set upon an elevated peninsula. It offers incredible views of Abu Dhabi.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center
This elegant and breathtaking structure is the capital’s premier tourist attraction. The combination of white marble, mosaic tiling and coloured glass is a must-see.
Louvre Abu Dhabi
This art and civilisation museum assembles artworks from around the world. It certainly provides a feast for the eyes. Located on the Saadiyat Island Cultural District.
This reconstruction of a Bedouin Oasis Village not only offers a glimpse in to U.A.E. life before the oil boom but also has stunning views of the Abu Dhabi Skyline. A great place to learn about the traditional way of life in the desert.
Also known as the White Fort, Al-Hosn Palace is the oldest building in Abu Dhabi. Built in 1793, the Palace is now a centre for research and documentation on the history and heritage of the U.A.E. and its surrounding region.
Places to eat
Excite your taste buds and discover the best of what Abu Dhabi has to offer. For all the food explorers out there, here is a selection of restaurants that come highly recommended.
BBQ Al Qasr
Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi
Voted “Most Romantic Restaurant in Abu Dhabi” with a stunning seaside location.
The Galleria, Level 1 Below Four Seasons Hotel, Abu Dhabi
Luxury scenes, spectacular service and top quality steaks.
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi
A variety of cuisines including Indian, sushi, European, Middle Eastern, Asian, vegetarian and vegan options, halal, gluten-free options.
Byblos sur Mer
InterContinental Abu Dhabi King Abdullah BinAbdul Aziz Al Saud, Al Khubeirah, Abu Dhabi
Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern cuisine.
Within The Venetian Village at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Al Maqta Area, Abu Dhabi
Fine Japanese and Asian grill.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Facts
- • Yas Marina Circuit’s stands can accommodate up to 50,000 spectators and is home to the longest straight in any F1 track, the equivalent to 9 football pitches.
- • The circuit has 21 turns in its intricate design, and is unique in that it is an anti-clockwise track, which only a few venues have.
- • Yas Marina Circuit is the first ever race track to have a hotel built inside the track.
- • Sebastian Vettel holds the race lap record, achieved when he was racing with Red Bull back in 2009.
- • The drivers are on full power for 69% of a lap at Yas Marina, including over 14 seconds on the back straight.
- • Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton are the most successful drivers at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with three wins each. The most successful constructor is Mercedes, with four wins.
Best Place to Watch the F1 Abu Dhabi GP
This is the ultimate spot to watch the big race, surrounded by lavish yachts and an unbeatable atmosphere. From Yas Marina you’re truly immersed the excitement and action of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Yachts in the Marina are perfectly positioned to give spectators prime viewing pleasure as they enjoy premium hospitality.
Best Nightlife During Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Weekend
Amber Lounge of course!Known for the most star-studded and exhilarating Grand Prix after parties, Amber Lounge Abu Dhabi will launch its 10thAnniversary celebrations of Saturday night. Sunday, the Formula 1 drivers, teams, celebrities and royalty put their dancing shoes on join in on the fun.
Enjoy the hottest line-up of international live acts, DJs (including Sigala), performers and a few surprises. Finish the season with a bang at Amber Lounge.
F1 driver Jenson Button celebrated his retirement from the series at Amber Lounge as did fellow driver Felipe Massa. Amber Lounge also hosted Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg and his team when he won the F1 World Championship.
More information, tickets and table bookings here.
Public transport is well organised for the Grand Prix weekend all though be aware there is a lot of traffic. Whether you’re travelling from Abu Dhabi Centre or the city’s suburbs there are a variety of options available.
Cabs & Uber
Yas Island is inundated with cabs during Grand Prix weekend. From the city centre to Yas Island, it should cost you around 70 Dirhams each way, taking you straight to the circuit entrance.
It’s recommended to catch a taxi home after the day’s events near the exit of Du Arena, close to the entrance to Ferrari World and Yas Mall.
There is a free park and ride shuttle service and all you need is your event ticket to be admitted.
- Routes 170, 180, 185 and 190 run from the city centre to Yas Island.
- Routes 195, 200, 201, 203, 300, 302 and 304 operate from the city’s suburbs to Yas Island.
Buses also run on Yas Island, as it’s around 2.5km from the South Grandstand to the Du Arena.
The Yas Express
This is a complimentary island shuttle service connecting all major attractions, available to all Yas Island guests. For information click here.
Parking can be pre-booked for Yas Island Marina, however permits are limited (one per three ticket holders). Depending on where you’re staying, a number of hotels operate their own complimentary shuttle service.
Traditionally Abu Dhabi is more conservative than Dubai as it has a more regimented legal system and is deeply rooted in tradition.
What to wear
When visiting public places like shopping malls, women should wear clothing that covers their shoulders and legs below the knee. For a restaurant or club outside of a hotel or resort, cover your shoulders to and from the venue.
Speaking Arabic isn’t necessary
At 4 or 5 star hotels, all staff speak English and many are multilingual.
Hello: As-salam alaykom
Thank you: Shukran
Tipping your waiter, hotel staff, taxi driver and car valet 10% cash for good service is common practice. Check your bill in restaurants as some of the high-end dining establishments add 10% gratuity automatically.
Be Culturally Aware
Public displays of affection are strictly forbidden in Abu Dhabi, unless you are in a hotel or resort. You can find yourself imprisoned for anything more than holding hands.
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