FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX – is the full name of the stage of the prestigious UAE race – prepares a lot of surprises and surprises for its guests. Not always pleasant, though, primarily in terms of pricing policy for entertainment and souvenirs. For now, we recommend focusing on the major events of the racing weekend: 4 intense days will please every F1 fan!
If you see the Pit walk signs around, this is the right ticket: it includes access to all areas of the circuit during the 4 days of preparation and races. Thursday is a Pit walk around the technical area with the paddocks and boxes. You can easily meet some of the star pilots and take their autographs, though you will have to stand in a queue to do this at a special session.
For those who haven’t made it to the stars, there are a lot of interesting things to do as well. For example, a whole amusement park, where tourists especially like the attraction from Etihad Airways with the landing of a passenger plane. Recommended.
Practice rides, which may seem a bit boring – but not to true connoisseurs of the dynamics of motion of the cars and the skill of the pilots. If you didn’t see how braking from 320 to 70 km/h occurs on a spot literally in 60-70 meters, you lost a lot, and now you have a chance to see it. For everyone else, there is a lot to see on the race track, including souvenir shopping.
The traditional day of qualifying and a precursor to the main starts. It’s time to cheer for your favorite drivers!
A day of racing, preceded by a fascinating spectacle – the Australian V8 Supercars series. The competition of the body giants is as exciting as the speed of F1.
In addition to all of the above, the race weekend in Abu Dhabi – and 3-4 concerts of world-famous stars. It immediately becomes clear that the organizers do not spare the money, but, however, tourists from this are only more interesting and fun. The concerts with live sound and grandiose special effects are held at du Arena, not far from the race track.
What is the best way to go to Yas Marina Circuit?
Here another feature of life in the UAE pops up – very little public transportation, everyone is mostly moving around in cars. So be prepared for a rather long wait for a bus.
1. By public transport
You can get to Yas Island by bus number 109. Then take the free shuttle to your destination.
2. By car
The popular service Uber in Abu Dhabi came under pressure from the authorities and will soon be forced to give users only offers from drivers of luxury cars.
Therefore, I would advise you to rent a car in the UAE. You can also choose a luxury car or a sports car. The range is really huge and the hiring prices today will satisfy every customer. To rent a car you can use the service of exotic car rental Dubai. Try not to violate traffic rules!
If you rent a car, you will first be allowed to Yas Island, where you will leave the car in one of the many designated parking lots. Then you will be taken to the autodrome by a free bus (there are several buses running constantly).
Ticket prices and accommodation
And here begins the most interesting part. We can definitely say that F1 in Abu Dhabi is an expensive treat in comparison to regular amusement parks. You can get a cheap ticket for $350, and more expensive stand tickets start from $500. Price tags for VIP seats start at $1000.
The best option – is to get tickets for the southern and northern parts of the main grandstands, from where you can perfectly see a large square section of the track, which occurs most of the attacks and overtaking during the race.
Formula 1 in the UAE has earned a reputation as one of the most controversial stages of the prestigious auto competition. On the one hand, it is a huge amount of money and the highest standards of conduct. On the other hand – the climate and traditions alert many fans of auto racing and sports cars, who love to express themselves freely. Nevertheless, despite all the specific constraints, the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix is alive and well.
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