More than 60,000 racing enthusiasts and revellers flock to the capital of the United Arab Emirates every November for the full-throttle thrills of Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Now in its 10th year, it’s the final race of the Formula 1 season, and in Abu Dhabi, it’s renowned for the plethora of glamorous soirées and star-studded events that surround it. Enjoy the best of the trackside drama and entertainment with our guide to everything you need to know about the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
From an assembly of 20 international racing stars, one driver will be crowned this year’s champion. Experience the thrill of watching the state-of-the-art race cars tear around the Yas Marina Circuit at speeds of over 190mph, leaving a deafening roar and the pungent scent of burning rubber in their wake. Finnish motorist Valtteri Bottas pipped British teammate Lewis Hamilton to the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix post last year, and, ahead of the 2018 season finale, the two are back at the top of the table.
Where to watch it
The buzz of excitement that rips through the Yas Marina Circuit is unmissable as a first-hand experience. The racing track cost $1.32bn to build, making it the most expensive in the sport’s history, and it seats up to 41,000. For sweeping views of the entire stadium, head to the West Grandstand. Alternatively, those seeking glamour and exclusivity can witness all the action from a Marina Bayside Suite, the prestigious Formula One Paddock Club or on the top deck of a luxury mega yacht. Raise a glass of something special with the glimmering Arabian Sea a picturesque backdrop to the racers spinning around the course.
Where to eat
For something more sophisticated than the food vendors scattered around the stadium, call on Yas Island’s infamous Italian restaurant, Cipriani. Its floor-to-ceiling windows gaze out upon shiny yachts moored in the glittering gulf. Return to Abu Dhabi for immaculately presented gourmet Japanese dishes at Tori No Su.
What to do in the evenings
Once the racing cars are parked up for the night, the biggest names in music take to the stage for the Yasalam After-Race Concerts. American artist Post Malone kickstarts the entertainment proceedings on Thursday night, followed by a performance from Canadian R&B superstar, The Weeknd on Friday. Headlining on Saturday is British singer-songwriter Sam Smith, while US rock legends Guns N’ Roses close the event with spectacular flourish.
Where to find the afterparty
Join celebrities, socialites and partygoers at Amber Lounge in Abu Dhabi for electrifying DJ sets and live acts that pulse a hedonistic beat into the early hours. Elsewhere, don’t miss the enchanting animated light shows at the largest indoor nightclub in the Emirates, MAD on Yas Island.
Stay at Jumeirah at Etihad towers for easy access to Yas Marina Circuit and Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix’s thrilling line-up of events and entertainment, from 22nd – 25th November 2018.