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Preparing for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Updated on September 11, 2013

You are an adventurer with stamps in your passport to prove it. Alternatively, maybe you are a somewhat seasoned traveller looking to expand your horizons. In either case, if you have not already visited Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, you do not know what you have been missing!

Add it to your bucket list and make plans to visit as soon as possible. With the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix coming up in early November and a wealth of sightseeing and recreational opportunities year-round, booking your autumn trip now will ensure the adventure of a lifetime.

How to Get There and Accommodation

To travel to Abu Dhabi, consider booking your flight through official race sponsor Etihad Airways. Round-trip tickets are currently available for as low as 923 USD from New York (JFK Airport) into Al-Ain Airport.

Spectators at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will want to stay on Yas Island, where the racetrack is located. For two guests sharing one room for four nights during the Grand Prix weekend, luxury hotel accommodations on Yas Island currently range from 12,000 AED at the Yas Island Rotana to 20,800 AED at the Yas Viceroy Hotel. Make your reservations now while rooms are available!

Racing Timetable

Practice and qualifying rounds for the Sunday race will take place on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2.

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will begin at 17:00 local time on Sunday, November 3 at the Yas Marina Circuit Formula One track.


  • Jay-Z on November 1
  • Muse on November 2
  • Depeche Mode at the post-race party on November 3

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

And let's not forget about the big race! The 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will begin at 17:00 local time on Sunday, November 3 at the Yas Marina Circuit Formula One track. Drivers will do 55 laps around a 5.5 km course for a total of 305 km.

Practice and qualifying rounds for the Sunday race will take place on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2.

As of early September, seating is available in all areas but filling up fast in the North and West Grandstands as well as in the Formula 1 hospitality area.

Three-day tickets in the grandstands are 2080 AED and include access to music performances and other events all weekend.

Do not miss the Yasmin Circuit Festival! This month-long music festival will include many free concerts and other community events leading up to race day.

The race weekend concert series will kick off on October 31 with performances by some of the Middle East’s most popular recording artists.

Headliners include Jay-Z on November 1, Muse on November 2, and electronica legends Depeche Mode at the post-race party on November 3.


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Attractions in Abu Dhabi

Those with a week or longer to spend in Abu Dhabi are encouraged to visit Abu Dhabi’s local attractions, some of which happen to be on Yas Island.

Sights such as the Oasis City of Al Ain (with the Al Ain National Museum and the Al Ain Palace Museum nearby), the dunes of the western region's Empty Quarter desert in Al Gharbia and the region’s many natural islands all offer breath taking views and a sense of having truly gone somewhere new.

Those staying on the island need not worry about transportation: the Yas Express, a complimentary shuttle bus service, runs daily from 9 am to 9 pm. The shuttle provides easy access to the island’s main attractions and landmarks, including the Yas Viceroy Hotel, Yas Plaza Hotels, Yas Central at Yas Marina Circuit, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld. Transit maps are available online and from hotels on the island.

Abu Dhabi city's famous Corniche is a very family-friendly area with its walking and cycling paths and lifeguarded beach park, and autumn temperatures averaging 76 to 84 degrees F (25 to 29 degrees C) promise a warm yet comfortable beachside experience.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, home to the world’s fastest roller coaster and other Grand Prix-themed attractions, will give your children stories to share with their friends and memories to cherish for years to come.

If your passion is for new experiences and for following the path less travelled, Abu Dhabi is a destination you will not want to pass up. For the trip of a lifetime, plan your next big vacation in Abu Dhabi.


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      Arthur 3 years ago

      wow, that looks so lovely and yummy maybe i can try to make some for my kids, i bet they will love it! vinstiig from YS, hope you can visit me back. thanks and have a great week.