Yas Marina Circuit has been home to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix since its inception in 2009, cementing Yas Island as the final stop on the Formula 1 calendar until 2030. A blend of old-world architecture and cutting-edge technology, the islands that make up the capital of the United Arab Emirates ooze luxury and historical charm, making it a picturesque backdrop for some of the fastest racing in the world.
Make the most of your visit with our tips and recommendations to enjoy your stay in Abu Dhabi.
Language: Arabic, English
Time Zone: Gulf Standard Time (GMT +4)
In Emergency: 999 (Police), 998 (Ambulance), 997 (Fire)
Weather: November is considered a cooler season in Abu Dhabi with an average temperature of around 21°C. Expect daytime temperatures of around 26°C and at night it cools to around 15°C.
Getting Around: Like most major cities, Abu Dhabi relies on a network of public buses, taxis and app-based ridesharing, alongside its walkable structure, to ensure visitors and locals get the most out of the city. Visit Experience Abu Dhabi for a full explanation of the best modes of transportation for your destination, including how and where to get your transit pass, the Hafilat Smart Card, and accessing the free shuttle bus to Abu Dhabi’s attractions.
Top Tip: Take advantage of the network of waterways that connect the islands of the United Arab Emirates! Enjoy the beautiful vistas while getting from place to place in Abu Dhabi via water taxi.
AT THE TRACK
Track Action: Watch BWT Alpine F1 Team Reserve Driver Jack Doohan and Alpine Academy drivers Victor Martins and Kush Maini in the season finale of the FIA Formula 2 Championship.
Live Music: The Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be hosting a talented line-up of musical artists including Tiësto, Shania Twain and the Foo Fighters.
Fan Activations: See Esteban and Pierre at the official Formula 1 fan Forum on Saturday 25 November at 13:00 local time*.
FOOD & DRINK
• For traditional flavours, Meylas is an Emirati staple, founded by Sheikh Al Kaabi with the mission of making the authentic flavours of the UAE more accessible to visitors and locals alike. Al Mrzab Restaurant offers traditional Emirati and Kuwaiti cuisine in an intimate setting. Byblos Sur Mer serves up some of the best Lebanese cuisine with sparkling views of the marina.
● For a taste of international flavours, visit Mamafri for South Asian dishes with beautiful views and Zuma for delectable Japanese cuisine with stunning surroundings. Urban Kitchen offers live cooking stations with chefs making dishes from around the world. Coya prides themselves on their eclectic Peruvian fusion, Cafe Otantik uses the finest local produce in their Mediterranean cuisine, and Zeera by Buddha Bar offers modern Indian dishes as part of their showstopping Trilogy.
● For post-race drinks, stop by Penelope’s for a cool French brasserie and jazz bar, Library Bar for craft gin inspired cocktails, Siddarta Lounge by Buddha Bar for rooftop views, and Maté for a blend of Argentinian and Lebanese flavours.
EXPERIENCE ABU DHABI
If you are sticking around after the race to enjoy all that Abu Dhabi has to offer or have some time to explore before heading to the track, here are a few recommendations for the best way to experience Abu Dhabi.
● Louvre Abu Dhabi is a collaboration between the UAE and France, highlighting cultural exchange and human connection. Take a break from the racing action to visit the unique exhibitions at the Louvre Abu Dhabi for a mix of the contemporary Arab world and multicultural heritage.
● Explore the stunning architecture of the Al Jahili Fort, located in the lush garden city of Al Ain. Peruse the permanent and temporary art exhibits within the fort's walls and take in the rich culture and heritage of Abu Dhabi.
● For true cultural immersion, stop by the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the world’s largest mosques known for its stunning architecture and surroundings. Take a stroll along Corniche Road to enjoy the picturesque waterfront views or take a desert safari to experience traditional Bedouin culture, including camel rides, stargazing and dune bashing.
Be sure to keep an eye out for BWT Alpine F1 Team colours on track this weekend. A full timetable* for the race weekend is listed below, all in local time (GST):
Friday 24 November
• FIA Formula 2 Practice Session 11:05 - 11:50
• Formula 1 FP1 13:30 - 14:30
• FIA Formula 2 Qualifying Session 15:00 - 15:30
• Formula 1 FP2 17:00 - 18:00
Saturday 25 November
• Formula 1 FP3 14:30 - 15:30
• FIA Formula 2 Sprint Race 16:20 - 17:10
• Formula 1 Qualifying 18:00 - 19:00
Sunday 26 November
• FIA Formula 2 Feature Race 13:15 - 14:20
• Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 17:00
*These timings are subject to change.