How to Enjoy the Formula 1 Race Weekend in Abu Dhabi

You might have dreamed of witnessing the Formula 1 races with all those fast and furious cars, fun activities, and fantastic experiences. If so, Abu Dhabi is a great place to be to watch one of the world’s most exhilarating car sporting events.

All you need to do is choose from the Formula 1 package deals on offer, book your tickets, and get ready for one ride that you’ll never forget.

Formula for Fun

Formula 1 weekend in Abu Dhabi delivers not only the thrilling spectacle of watching supercars drive by. It is also a wonderful opportunity to discover all the other exciting things you can do at Yas Island.

Yas Island is home to the Yas Marina Circuit, the venue for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Aside from this world-class racing circuit, however, there are still plenty of things to do and places to see on Yas Island.

Just 10 minutes away from Abu Dhabi International Airport, Yas Island can easily be explored aboard the Yas Express, the complimentary shuttle service that brings you to key destinations within the island.

If you’re itching to know what else is there to do during the Formula 1 race weekend, here are other ways to enjoy your stay in Abu Dhabi:

1. Party at the Du Arena

Four fantastic days of entertainment await ticket holders at Abu Dhabi’s biggest open-air event facility. Home to the annual Yasalam After-Race Concerts, Du Arena has had its fair share of world-renowned artists and performers such as Justin Timberlake, Metallica, and The Rolling Stones.

Expect to be entertained with live performances every day by A-list international artists along with over 30 professional musicians and entertainers.

2. Shop, Dine, and Enjoy at Yas Mall

Whip out your best card for shopping because Yas Mall has it all.

Right at the heart of Yas Island sits this mecca of shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Experience a different kind of high as you stroll through three levels of shops awash in natural light. Revel in a one-of-a-kind retail rendezvous with 370 international and local stores.

You can also sit back, relax, and enjoy a movie in any of the mall’s 20 ultramodern cinemas. If you have little ones tagging along, there’s also a family entertainment zone called Fun Works where you can engage in some family fun.

Quench your thirst and sate your appetite as you dine in any of the sixty indoor and outdoor cafes and restaurants. Offering mouthwatering fare, these dining destinations are sure to tickle your taste buds and punctuate your trip with delicious memories.

3. Marvel at the Sights of Ferrari World

Connected to the mall is the world’s largest indoor theme park – Ferrari World.

The only Ferrari-branded theme park on Earth, it features more than 20 Ferrari-inspired attractions and rides. It also has two shops and a selection of dining spots featuring authentic Italian fare.

Open every day of the year, you can marvel at the treasure trove of racing memorabilia, watch live shows, or delight in family-friendly attractions at Ferrari World. If you are more of a daredevil, then you can choose from a host of adrenaline-pumping rides such as the famed Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest rollercoaster.

4. Enjoy Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

If you have a full day, be sure to drop by the wonderful Waterworld at Yas Island. Earning its place as one of the World’s Top 20 Waterparks, it offers a sea of options when it comes to attractions, food, and entertainment.

With an area spanning around 15 football pitches, it has rides, slides, and one-of-a-kind attractions. It is also home to the world’s first and largest hydro magnetic-powered, 238-meter long, six-person tornado water slide. How’s that for making a big splash?

The fun doesn’t stop there though.

Yas Waterworld also has Bubble’s Barrel which has three-meter high waves and the world’s largest surfable sheet wave for bodyboards and flowboards.

Adrenaline junkies can also enjoy the 550-meter Bandit Bomber, another first with onboard laser and water effects. It’s an interactive ride as riders can spray water on people below, drop water bombs at them, or trigger special effects. People below can retaliate with their own jets of water as they pass.

5. Lounge at Yas Beach

If you’ve had too much excitement and feel like just taking it slow, you can blissfully lounge around at Yas Beach.

If you’re a guest at any of the seven Yas Hotels or hotel apartments, you automatically get complimentary access plus a sun lounger at Yas Beach. Just make sure you ask for a voucher from your hotel and present it upon entry to the beach.

If you haven’t booked in any of the Yas accommodations, you can still enjoy the beach for a minimal fee. Children get a free pass while ladies get half the price off on Saturdays.

Whether it’s just strolling along the majestic stretch of white sand, swimming in the aquamarine waters, or simply soaking up the sun, Yas Beach is a peaceful retreat from the racing revelry happening around the area.

Yes to Yas

When you’re in Abu Dhabi for the Formula 1 race, don’t forget that there’s a world of other experiences that you can explore in the UAE capital.

Aside from the amazing perks you get from any of the Formula 1 ticket packages, you also have numerous options to add to the fun of your Abu Dhabi visit.


Oliver Kent is the Managing Director of ZK Sports & Entertainment, operating in the Middle East for over 10 years now. He is currently leading the company’s recent appointment as the Exclusive Marketing and Sales Agent for F1 Experiences in the Middle East.

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