The UAE capital is roaring with F1 fervor this week
Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Abu Dhabi, start your engines. F1 is screeching back into town, which means the capital is about to launch into one of the most exciting weekends on its calendar. Petrol-heads, drivers and the rest of the F1 party crowd are all making their way to Yas Island for 2011’s races.
This year, Yas Marina Circuit is hosting the penultimate race of the season, which is set to be fast, fierce and furious. Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel won the Drivers’ Championship in Abu Dhabi last year, (at 23, becoming the youngest World Drivers’ Champion in the sport’s history) He has already secured his win again this season, sealing the deal in Japan a few weeks ago with four races to spare. But the stakes are still high for the rest of the drivers and all eyes will be on the UAE once again to see who will finish first on November 13.
But of course, there’s much more to this event than spectating at the races. Family activities, huge concerts, community events, and of course, hard partying are all part of the F1 experience in Abu Dhabi. Read on and make sure you don’t miss out!
Get your tickets now! Not sure which pass to buy? Well make up your mind quick; they’re selling out fast...
Grandstand Tickets: There are five grandstands from which to choose from, all offering spectacular views of the track action. Main Grandstand: Spectators will be able to overlook the start and finish lines, pit lane and team garages. North Grandstand: Will provide you with an arena experience on the circuit’s tightest turn, leading into the long main straight. West Grandstand: Located at the opposite end to the Northern Grandstand, the cars reach this end at more than 300km per hour. Marina Grandstand & South Grandstand: Seats in both of these sections offer some of the most spectacular views as the track winds its way around the Yacht Club and Marina before it passes under the Yas Viceroy hotel.
Tickets are available as a three-day package (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) or two-day (Saturday and Sunday). Prices include use of an allocated seat throughout the event, access to the post race concerts and a car parking space. Three-day ticket: Dhs2,000. Two-day ticket: Dhs1,800.
Category 1 Tickets Willing to splash the cash? Watch the track action from the comfort of private suites, situated in prime positions within the Main, West and North Grandstands. The ticket price includes unlimited food and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the day. You can buy an Al Dhiyafa or Al Jood package depending on whether you want access to a cash bar too. Three-day ticket: Dhs4,250.
Party at Amber Lounge: In the mood for a seriously bling party? Well you don’t want to miss out on Amber Lounge’s bash then. This ultra-exclusive after party sets up in customised locations all over the world, just for Grand Prix events and has established itself as the place for celebs to see and be seen, post-race. Last year, celebs such as Hugh Grant, Simon Pegg and Jenson Button partied well into the night and we’re expecting even more A-listers at this season’s do, which will be held at Yas Links Golf Club. Tickets are available now, but be prepared to take out a bank loan if you want to buy one...
Jeroboam Tables Will see you surrounded by celebrities and VIPs. Unlimited beverages all night including a Jeroboam of Cristal bubbly. Dhs77,000 per table.
VIP Tables These tables are in the heart of the action or on the stunning outdoor terrace and are served with Cristal bubbly and unlimited beverages all night. Dhs46,000 per table.
Classic Tables Classic tables are served with unlimited bubbly and unlimited drinks all night. Dhs26,000 per table.
Individual Passes Receive unrestricted VIP access, seating on the relaxing Moroccan terrace, unlimited bubbly and all other drinks from the bars. Friday Dhs3,320per person per night, Sunday Dhs4,340 per person per night.
All tables seat 8 guests and come with waitress service in addition to a hostess service to ensure guests receive red carpet treatment from the moment they arrive. For more information and to book tables for Amber Lounge 2011, please contact the Amber Lounge team on +377 97 77 16 34 or email at email@example.com.