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Yas Marina & Formula 1 in Abu Dhabi


Page update - Feb 27, 2022

The Yas Marina Circuit on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi is the place of the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. It is not only interesting for tourists to watch the race, but also for other interesting events, most for free.

On this page, we will describe in detail the Yas Marina racetrack and the events that take place there.

Grand Prix 2022

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will take place on November 18-20, 2022. As of February 2022, tickets are already on sale. Ticket prices range from USD 585 and up (at formula1.com) and from AED 1,380 (USD 375, at yasmarinacircuit.com). There are no quarantine requirements in Abu Dhabi now so no problem to come.

Facts and figures

The first Formula 1 race was held at Yas Marina in November 2009. In the 2009 season, it was the last round of the championship, that is, this is where F1 champion 2009 was determined. The champion was Jenson Button. However, Button had a margin of 15 points before the race, and he would have been champion regardless of the outcome.

Interestingly, the Yas Marina track was only the second in the Middle East, where the race Formula 1. The first such circuit in the region was the Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain.

The main characteristics of the Yas Marina track:

- Track length: 3.42 miles (5.5 kilometers);

- Length of start straight: 0.7 miles (1.14 kilometers);

- Lap record: 1:39.283, set by Lewis Hamilton in 2019;

- At the time this page was updated (2022) there were 13 Grand Prix, with five wins by Lewis Hamilton and three by Sebastian Vettel, two by Max Verstappen, one each by Nico Rosberg, Kimi Raikkonen, and Valtteri Bottas;

- Height difference: 35 feet (10.7 meters);

- Area of the race track: 400 acres (162 hectares);

- Grandstand capacity: 41,000 spectators.



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Construction was carried out from 2007 to 2009, the total cost of the project - 4.8 billion dirhams (USD 1.3 billion). This is about the same amount as the cost of the Burj Khalifa.

The Yas Marina track was designed by Herman Tilke - the most famous designer of race tracks of our time.

However, German Tilke's projects are often criticized. There even is the word "tilkedrome", alluding to their uniformity and boredom. Yas Marina is a classic "tilkedrome", that is, do not expect beautiful overtaking and fierce fighting.

Where is it located and how to get there

The Yas Marina track is located on Yas Island, 12.5 miles (20 kilometers) east of the Abu Dhabi downtown.

If you are vacationing in a hotel on Yas Island, you can walk to it. Yas Island hotels are across the street from the track, and the Yas Viceroy Hotel is directly above the racetrack. See the photos near, click on the photo to enlarge to full screen.

If vacationing at a hotel in Abu Dhabi city, the easiest way to get there is by cab. The price of the trip is from 35 to 65 dirhams, it depends on the location of your hotel. For the current exchange rate of UAE currency, see our review "Money in the UAE" and the fares in the review "Taxis in the UAE".

You can save money by taking the bus, the price of a bus ticket is only 4 dirhams. In 2019-2020, the network of bus routes in Abu Dhabi has changed a lot. Buses 180 and 190 (used to go to Yas Island) are now gone. But they have extended the 102 route.

The 102 bus is the most convenient for tourists. It goes through the central part of the city of Abu Dhabi and then comes to Yas Island. Chances are good that somewhere near your hotel there is a stop of the 102 bus. Ask at the hotel front desk, they usually know. If there is no stop nearby, take a cab to Zayed Sport City or Abu Dhabi Bus Station and you can catch the 102 there.

The 216 bus runs on the east side of the city, where there are few hotels and not much use for tourists. The A19 bus runs from the airport to Yas Island and on to Saadiyat Island.

What is Yas Marina interesting for tourists

First of all, the Formula 1 Grand Prix, which many motorsport fans dream of attending. But apart from Formula 1, there is also something to do there. Several other competitions are held at the Yas Marina track, and you can go karting or sports cars. Those who wish can ride a bicycle on the track, and for free. Let's take it one step at a time.

Formula 1 Grand Prix

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is held in November or December and is usually the last race of the championship. It is very likely to determine the world champion. In 2022, the race is scheduled for November 18-20.

Tickets are best purchased online at www.yasmarinacircuit.com/en , click on "BUY TICKETS".

There are five grandstands along the course: Main Grandstand, North Grandstand, West Grandstand, South Grandstand, and Marina Grandstand. The most expensive tickets for the Main Grandstand are the grandstand in front of the starting straight and across from the pit-lane.

The cheapest tickets for Abu Dhabi Hill (standing) are from AED 660.

Open grandstand seats from AED 1,500 to 2,500.

Air-conditioned grandstand seats from AED 2,500 to 4,000.

Any ticket is sold in an extended version where you pay AED 300 or AED 350 extra and get access to Yas WaterWorld water park and Ferrari World amusement park. Don't miss your chance to save money.



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Other races

In addition to Formula 1, the Yas Marina circuit hosts the Yas Racing Series, Yas Super Street Challenge, Ferrari Challenge, Gulf 12 Hours. So far, all these events are free to attend. For a schedule, visit https://www.yasmarinacircuit.com/en/motorsports

Cycling and sports

There are evening StartYAS (Sundays) and TrainYAS (Tuesdays) events for everyone. You can cycle, jog or just take a leisurely walk for free. You can rent a bike at Civic Square Park, a square near the Yas Island hotels.

GoYAS is a women-only sporting event for ages 14 and up, held on Wednesdays. The format is similar - riding, running or walking on the track, with fitness groups.

For all of these events, it's best to register in advance at www.yasmarinacircuit.com

In response to registration, you will receive an email with the bar-code. This bar-code must be presented at the entrance to the Yas Marina track on the appointed day and time. You do not need to print it out, but show it directly on your smartphone screen.

Go-karting

The easiest and cheapest form of entertainment is karting. Naturally, you will not drive on the Yas Marina track, but on a small secondary track. The price for a child 8-12 years old - AED 60 (10 minutes), for a child 13-18 years old - AED 120 (15 minutes), for an adult - AED 170.

Karting is open daily from 3 pm to 11 pm. May be closed for corporate or private events. Entrance through the West Gate of Yas Marina (Gate 20).

Sports Car Riding

Want to drive yourself in a sports car around a Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit? In Abu Dhabi it's possible.

The choice of cars is wide - from Chevrolet Camaro to Ferrari 458. Prices range from AED 300 to AED 5,000. See www.yasmarinacircuit.com/en/experience for current offers.

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