The Middle East is roaring with F1 fever again. Get the lowdown now
Time Out Bahrain staff
F1 is screeching back into the Middle East again. Unfortunately we could not enjoy the festivities on Bahrain soil this year but petrol-heads, drivers and the rest of the F1 party crowd are all making their way to Abu Dhabi in November.
This year, Yas Marina Circuit is hosting the penultimate race of the season, which is set to be fast, fierce and furious. Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel won the Drivers’ Championship in Abu Dhabi last year, (at 23, becoming the youngest World Drivers’ Champion in the sport’s history). He has already secured his win again this season, sealing the deal in Japan a few weeks ago with three races to spare. But the stakes are still high for the rest of the drivers and all eyes will be on the UAE once again to see who will finish first on Sunday November 13.
But, of course, there’s much more to this event than the races. Family activities, huge concerts, community events, and of course, hard partying are all part of the F1 experience in Abu Dhabi.
Get your tickets now!
Not sure which pass to buy? Well make up your mind quick – they’re selling out fast...
Grandstand Tickets There are five grandstands from which to choose, all offering spectacular views of the track action. These include:
Main Grandstand: Spectators will be able to overlook the start and finish lines, pit lane and team garages.
Marina Grandstand & South Grandstand: Seats in both of these sections offer some of the most spectacular views as the track winds its way around the Yacht Club and Marina before it passes under the Yas Viceroy hotel.
Tickets are available as a three-day package or two-day. Prices include use of an allocated seat throughout the event, access to the post race concerts and a car parking space. Three-day pass: BD200. Two-day pass: BD180
Category 1 Tickets Watch the track action from the comfort of private suites, situated in prime positions within the Main, West and North Grandstands. The ticket price includes unlimited food and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the day. You can buy an Al Dhiyafa or Al Jood package depending on whether you want access to a cash bar too. Three-day ticket: DBD425 All tickets can be bought at www.yasmarinacircuit.com.
Party at Amber Lounge
In the mood for a seriously bling party? Well you don’t want to miss out on Amber Lounge’s bash then. This ultra-exclusive after party sets up in customised locations all over the world, just for Grand Prix events and has established itself as the place for celebs to see and be seen, post-race. Last year Hugh Grant, Simon Pegg and Jenson Button partied well into the night. Tickets are available now, but be prepared to take out a bank loan if you want to buy one...
Jeroboam Tables Will see you surrounded by celebrities and VIPs. Unlimited beverages all night including a Jeroboam of bubbly. BD7700 per table
VIP Tables These tables are in the heart of the action on the stunning outdoor terrace and are served with bubbly and unlimited beverages all night. BD4600 per table
Classic Tables Classic tables are served with unlimited bubbly and unlimited drinks all night. BD2,669 per table
Individual Passes Receive unrestricted VIP access, seating on the relaxing Moroccan terrace, unlimited bubbly and all other drinks from the bars. Friday BD332per person per night, Sunday BD434 per person per night
All tables seat eight and come with waitress service in addition to a hostess service to ensure guests receive red carpet treatment from the moment they arrive. For more information and to book tables for Amber Lounge 2011, please contact the Amber Lounge team on +377 97 77 16 34 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yasalam – the music and more!
Whether or not you’re crazy about cars, there’s plenty more entertainment taking place around the F1 event. The line up for the after-race gigs at Yas Arena is truly jaw-dropping this year, and there is heaps more fun going on at the Corniche, with live music, DJs and extra activities for racing fans.
The after-race gigs Britney Spears: Everyone’s favourite pop princess, the one and only Britney Spears will be bringing her Femme Fatale tour to Yas Arena. She’s been playing concerts throughout the US all summer and according to critics is on sizzling form (in other words, not a lip synch in sight). Yas Arena, November 11
Incubus: After a four-year break, Incubus are finally back and ready to let loose on Abu Dhabi’s biggest stage. The whimsical rockers are promoting their latest album If Not Now, When? in what promises to be a storming set. Yas Arena, November 12
Paul McCartney: Possibly the most commercially successful musician of all time, the amazing Paul McCartney is headlining the Yasalam programme. Yas Arena, November 13
The Yasalam after-race concerts are exclusively for F1 Grand Prix ticket holders. To guarantee entry to any of the Yasalam after-race concerts, you must purchase an F1 ticket for that day’s concert at www.yasmarinacircuit.com.
Beats on the Beach
Don’t miss this series of performances by the hottest bands and DJs from across the Middle East and the rest of the world. Taking place – for free! – between November 9 and 12. Here’s our pick of them: Wednesday November 9 Seo in Young: Korean pop sensation Seo in Young is on her way to the captial for Yasalam this year. The pop singer, model, dancer, actress and TV host, is a popular addition to the starry music nights on the beach. She has released several solo albums which were extremely popular in her native country.
Wyclef Jean: One of the coolest men in hip hop, the legendary Wyclef Jean will be bringing the house down. Thursday November 10 Ayman Zbib: Lebanese star Ayman Zbib is considered one of the most talented young singers to have come out of the Middle East. Expect ballads a-plenty.
Najwa Karam: Arguably the best-selling Middle Eastern female recording artist of all time, Najwa Karam’s blend of traditional and contemporary Arabic music appeals to all generations.
Friday November 11 Jay Sean: R&B superstar Jay Sean was the first solo artist of South Asian origin and the first UK urban act to top the American Billboard Hot 100, in 2009, with his smash hit ‘Down’. He’ll be performing this and more at his Beats on the Beach set.
Fatboy Slim: This British DJ was a pioneer of the big beat genre that was huge in the 1990s. He’s set to keep the crowds dancing until the small hours with hits such as ‘Funk Soul Brother’ and ‘Right here, Right Now’.
Saturday November 12 Juliana Down: Their music has been compared to legendary rock bands Coldplay, U2, Foo Fighters and Placebo, and now Dubai-based Juliana Down are on the verge on an international breakthrough. In March 2011, they became the first band from the UAE to be signed to a major record label – Sony Music Middle East and North Africa.
Saber el Robai: Award-winning Tunisian singer and composer Saber el Robai joins the exciting list of regional artists preparing to dazzle audiences as part of Beats on the Beach. His biggest hit is ‘Sidi Monsour’ which he released in 2000.
What’s on at F1 FanZone Enjoy a whole host of activities at the world’s only official F1 FanZone, which is based at the Corniche too. This two week Yasalam community event is completely free and involves motorsport-inspired entertainment for the whole family.
Yasalam Racing Challenge Experience the virtual thrill of racing in this gaming challenge where you compete on F1 2011 simulators to make the virtual final grid on November 13th. The winner of the race around Yas Marina Circuit will win two invitations to the Yasalam first night concert on Yas Island.
Pit Stop and Refueling Challenge These challenges allow fans to experience life in the pit lane, as teams compete to quickly and efficiently change the tyres and refuel an F1 car in a ‘real life’ setting against the clock, or against the other participating teams.
Podium Photo Finish The perfect photo opportunity awaits fans as they climb to the top step of the podium with a trophy. This popular activity really comes to life with each participant given an authentic racing suit to pose in.
Kids Driving School (part of Yasalam Responsibly) Yasalam makes every child’s dream come true with the Kids Driving School. Using electric cars of the world’s most famous brands, children will be taken around the track with the help and guidance of trained instructors. Kids will learn fun and useful facts about driving and road safety. 28 October-13 November, Abu Dhabi Corniche, Open on Saturday-Wednesday from 5pm-11pm and Thursday-Friday from 4pm-midnight. All events are free.