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Guide to Formula One Abu Dhabi

04 Nov 2018

F1 races are always exciting and glamourous, but it’s hard to beat the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Formula One event, which takes place on the one and only Yas Island. Located right next to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, this is a real petrol-head’s delight, whether you’re there to watch your favourite team take the title, or just want to soak up the sounds of revved-up engines.

The F1 circus rolls into town in November, and sets up camp at the Yas Marina Circuit. The track is spectacular – full of twists and turns, challenging chicanes, and some insanely quick straights. The circuit is 5.55km (3.45miles) long and one of the most modern circuits on the tour.

The Abu Dhabi F1 race is the season finale, and has all the potential to be the best event of the year. Racing aside, spectators travel far and wide to attend shows of the biggest names in music. This year is no different, with headlining performances from the legendary Guns N’ Roses, Sam Smith, The Weekend and Post Malone, ensuring there is something for everyone. Additionally, as the event happens towards the end of November, you can also look forward to the weather at its prime, perfect for a weekend holiday or staycation.

Getting to the stadium

As Yas Island is next to Abu Dhabi Airport, getting to the circuit is very easy if you are flying in. If you stay at one of our Premier Inn hotels, you can either book a taxi to take you to and from the circuit, or hop on board one of our shuttle buses that’ll take you to and from Yas Island, just check at reception for the daily schedule.

Tickets for the race are in high demand, so it’s important to book in advance, especially if you want a grandstand seat right next to the starting grid. Passes for tours of the garages are available from various ticket outlets, but bear in mind that security is tight, so keep your personal belongings with you at all times, and travel light. There are plenty of food and drink vendors at the track, so if you do get a little hungry you can choose from fast food outlets right up to 5-star dining with exclusive views of the race as it gets underway.

Which hotels can I stay in?

You can stay at Premier Inn Abu Dhabi Capital Centre, which is located opposite the National Exhibition Centre and next to the International Tower. This puts you right in the heart of the city and close to all the action.

Alternatively, you could stay at the Premier Inn Abu Dhabi International Airport, which not only conveniently puts you right next to the airport, but also close to the city’s beaches and just a few kilometres from Yas Island.

Both hotels offer you the best in comfort with extra touches, such as a pool, gym and a licensed bar and restaurant. Comfortable family rooms are available for up to 2 adults and 2 children, and our reception staff will always be happy to help you make the most of your time in Abu Dhabi.

Other attractions

No trip to Yas Island is complete without a visit to its three main parks, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld and Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi.

From roller coasters to track days that’ll have you putting in your own flying lap around the Yas Island circuit, this is genuinely a great destination for true motorsport lovers all year round. When the F1 teams aren’t here, you can still catch stock car racing throughout the year. If you’re looking to end your stay with a splash then look no further than the neighbouring Yas Waterworld. With over 40 rides, slides and attractions, it’s a mega-water park fit for the whole family that you won’t want to miss. Warner Bros. World is Yas Island’s newest park, with plenty of immersive experiences will transport you to the lands of your favourite iconic characters.

All of this is just minutes from your Premier Inn Abu Dhabi hotel, and is a great way to experience all of the most exciting attractions that this amazing city has to offer.