Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Turns 10

Written by Arpan Ghosh

The emirate of Abu Dhabi has been a hive of activity this weekend, particularly Yas Island, where the 10th annual Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race is scheduled to be held tomorrow. Acting as the finale of the Formula One season for 2018, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will bring together the likes of longtime rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel and rising favourite Max Verstappen for one of the biggest events of the year. Practice races have been on since Friday, building up the excitement for Sunday’s race.


The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2009

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which made its debut in the Formula 1 calendar in 2009, is held at the world-class Yas Marina Circuit on Yas Island. The Grand Prix experience began on Thursday evening in the lead-up to the main event with a series of musical performances taking place at the du Arena and the island’s popular nightclubs Iris and MAD. The talent lined up for the weekend includes contemporary idols such as Post Malone, Sam Smith and The Weeknd, with Guns N’ Roses slated to play at the after-race concert on Sunday.


As the last race of the racing season, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix takes place after the Formula 1 Drivers’ and Constructors’ races, which have already guaranteed Hamilton first place with Vettel as a very likely second. This takes a bit off pressure off the racers, who will still be competing for third place, but can mostly race purely for the thrill of the sport. It also shifts focus off the known favourites and brings newer faces into the spotlight. Most notable among the new faces is max Verstappen, the young Dutchman who first took to the track in 2015 at the age of 17 and has become a bit of a sensation since. In fact, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will have one area of the Marina Grandstand dedicated to Verstappen, where his fans will be able to cheer him on while sporting Dutch colours.


Formula 1 Drivers’ and Constructors’ races
Yas Island Abu Dhabi

Previous Winners of The F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Year Driver Constructor Year Driver Constructor


Lewis Hamilton



Valtteri Bottas



Lewis Hamilton



Nico Rosberg



Lewis Hamilton



Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull-Renault


Kimi Raikkonen



Lewis Hamilton



Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull-Renault


Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull-Renault

Yas Marina Circuit is one of the longest Formula One tracks in the world, with a length of 5.5 km and a total of 21 turns. The circuit was designed by Hermann Tilke, the famous German engineer who has designed several Formula One racetracks, including the Circuit of the Americas in Texas, the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore and the Shanghai International Circuit. Surrounded by hotels and leisure destinations and adjoined by the gorgeous Yas Marina, the circuit offers a unique waterfront racing experience. Preparations for the Abu Dhabi were made over the course of the past week, with the track getting touches of the signature ‘Yas Blue’ paint and over two acres of seasonal flowers being planted around the venue.


While the race is the highlight of the weekend, Yas Island offers much more to enjoy even after the event is over. It is a key entertainment hub and is home to the Ferrari World theme park, the newly opened Warner Brothers theme park, the immense Yas Mall, Yas Links Golf Club and so much more. A short drive will take you to the nearby Saadiyat Island, where the Louvre Abu Dhabi can be found. The main Abu Dhabi city is just half an hour away, and Dubai is about an hour’s drive from the island.


Warner Brothers theme park at Yas Island
Yas Mall at Yas Island

We are looking forward to an exciting showdown on the track tomorrow. If you want to live closer to where the Grand Prix action is or to invest in the magnificent capital of the United Arab Emirates, get in touch with us by calling our office or enquiring on our website.

All images are courtesy of the official Facebook pages for Yas Marina Circuit, du Arena, Ferrari World and Yas Mall. Thumbnail images courtesy of Business Destination.


How Much Are Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Tickets Price?

Mentioned below are the details of ticket prices for Abu Dhabi Garand Prix 

Seats Price Seats Price

Main Yas Suite

AED 4095 - AED 4440

Main Grand Stand

AED 2310 - AED 2655

Noth Lounge

AED 2995 - AED 3340

North Grand Stand

AED 2080 - AED 2425

West YAS Suite

AED 3995 - AED 4340

West Grand Stand

AED 2185 - AED 2530

Where To Stay During Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ?

Mentioned below are some of the places we recommend to stay during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Event

  • Yas Hotel
  • Yas Island Rotana
  • Radisson Blu Yas Island
  • Jumeirah Etihad Towers
  • Novotel Abu Dhabi Gate

When & Where is the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Event ?

  • Date : Sunday, December 1, 2019
  • Location : Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi