Later this month the world of motorsport will have a new event at a new destination. The first Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is taking place from 30 October to 1 November, and the venue − Yas Marina circuit − is truly stunning.
Just completed on Yas Island, Yas Marina circuit aims to become known as the most spectacular motorsport venue in the world.
Yas Marina circuit is possibly the perfect combination of style and function. Up to 50,000 spectators can view the action on the 5.55km long Formula 1 circuit from the comfort of permanent, covered grandstands and VIP facilities. Yas Marina is the only motorsports venue in the world where all of the grandstands will be covered.
The main entrance brings visitors straight into the heart of the circuit, sweeping them under the track to the area behind the main grandstand which accommodates almost 7,000 spectators opposite the pit building.
Spectators enjoying the spectacular view from the west grandstand will be part of another world first: the run-off for cars which fail to negotiate the tight turn at the end of the long straight passes directly underneath them!
In fact every seat on the circuit has a very special view. Spectators in the north grandstand will enjoy an arena atmosphere at the hairpin, while those in the south grandstand have one of the greatest panoramas in motorsport, looking out over the five star Yas Hotel, the Marina itself and the Yacht Club. Find out more about the spectacular project in NCE’s special feature.
Close to the action
Finishing touches are being applied to Yas Marina Hotel, the first hotel in the world to span a Formula 1 race track.
The circuit and hotel will be open later this month, in time for the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. To be run by Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management, the circuit’s construction has been a collaboration between creative mastermind Philippe Gurdjian, developer Aldar and German consultant Tilke. The circuit is located on Yas Island, one of the 200 islands that form Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. A 10-lane highway will connect the airport, Yas Island, Saadiyat Island and Abu Dhabi City Centre.