Grand Prix rules

Police warn fans to leave banned items at home or risk not being allowed in

If you're lucky enough to be going to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend, read on.

Police are warning fans to abide by their list of banned items or risk being turned away.

Major Faisal Mohammad Ali Al Shemmari, chairman of the Media Affairs Committee for the F1 Race at Abu Dhabi Police said that members of the public are not allowed to carry sharp items, fireworks and laser indicators into the venue.

"The public are allowed to carry one bottle of water and it should be kept open. Any food or other drinks are not allowed. A number of restaurants will be provided," he said.

The police are advising against taking children under the age of seven.

Officials recommend the use of ear plugs to soften the high-pitched sounds of the racing cars.

An operations room will be set up at the venue to help the public with emergency situations. Multilingual volunteers will be also be present at the circuit to help.

Prohibited items are those forbidden under the laws of the UAE, for example, firearms, explosives and other weapons.

Items not to carry to the circuit include any alcohol, food, beverages, glass bottles or containers, any metal flag or banner pole, any flag or banner pole longer than one metre, chairs, benches, stools, any cooler box or hamper or helium balloons.

No pets or animals are allowed, other than a guide dog used to assist a patron with a disability.

Items which could be used as a weapon or firearm - whether imitation or not - are prohibited.

In addition, golf buggies, bicycles, scooters, skateboards and in-line or roller skates, frisbees, prams and strollers, musical instruments and/or amplification equipment including public address systems, distress signals, whistles, loud hailers, horns or bugles, electronic equipment or other broadcast equipment are prohibited.

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