Glass reflects on the 15 years of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

CALLING all F1 fans – it’s not just a big week for F1 Las Vegas, this week also marks 15 years of the 

Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. In true UAE style, there’s a range of fun on and off-track experiences, including the foodie pop-ups and a stellar line-up for the post-race concerts.

What’s set to be the biggest turn out ever this week, Yas Marina Circuit will host award-winning hospitality experiences, along with global music superstars at the Etihad Park stage for the Yasalam After Race-Concerts presented by e&.

Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix 2022

To sit alongside this offering will be newly designed spaces, including the Deck at Two, a VIP-viewing platform overlooking Turn 2 of the Yas Marina Circuit track, that will offer exclusive menus from Nobu Dubai and Hakkasan Dubai of Atlantis Dubai and estiatorio Milos from Atlantis The Royal; eateries nenowned for their seafood, sushi and grilled Japanese offerings.

There’s also the West Grandstand that’ll serve up a menu from The MAINE in a luxurious setting as you’d expect. Back by popular demand are favourites from Deck At Nine with Opa, Luna Lounge featuring Ce La Vi, Turn 1 with Il Borro, Alici and Maya Bay and Shams Suites with Gohan and Ninive.

To continue the party atmosphere, the place to be is the Etihad Park for the Yasalam After-Race Concerts presented by e&, and this year sees a star-studded line up with be DJ Tiësto, Ava Max, Chris Brown, Shania Twain, and the Foo Fighters to close out the weekend of racing.

Al Raha Mural

To get closer to the action, race ticket holders can upgrade their Yasalam After-Race Concert experience with a Golden Circle Upgrade that allows closer access to the stage, and other perks such as fast-track entry and dedicated beverage points.

Let’s not forget, Abu Dhabi has carved itself out to be a destination with it all, courtesy of Aldar that has developed much of the region, ramping up its desirability. From adventure to relaxation, there’s also water sports, culture, art (cue the latest Cartier exhibition at the Louvre and the famous Al Raha Mural), and attractions for kids and big kids alike (see Ferrari World on Yas Island, and the world’s fastest roller-coaster).

Yas Island Ferrari World

With all this rich culture to be soaked up, choose the ‘Yas All In’ ticket for access to the Yas Island’s theme parks, Qasr Al Watan, and the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which is valid between 22 to 27 November. 

For luxurious stays while in region (and there are plenty of 5-star hotels to indulge in) look to Eastern Mangroves Anantara which is only 20 minutes by car from the track and is offering post-race deals.

For a little extravagance, Nurai Island is a sun-soaked haven; check into one of its luxury villas, relax but the crystal-clear waters, and pamper yourself with some wellness treatments—its’s a must-visit. The F1 offers the perfect opportunity to discover the culture and diverse offerings of the region.

by Felicity Carter