Grand prix is expected to be a sell-out
A star-studded line-up of concerts and the final Formula One grand prix of the season are expected to attract a sell-out crowd and more international tourists than ever to Abu Dhabi.
Following yesterday’s announcement that Lionel Richie will be the headline act for the Saturday Yasalam after-race gig, Tareq Al Ameri, the CEO of Abu Dhabi Motorsport Management and Yas Marina Circuit, said the UAE capital is fast becoming a “centre for entertainment”.
This year’s Yasalam festival sees four-time Grammy winner Richie join Rihanna and The Chemical Brothers on the bill.
Al Ameri believes the calibre of the artists will help boost the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix’s international reach. He added: “We are hopefully looking for another sell-out this year and have big things planned.
“Last year, we had 46 per cent of international audience flying in for the races and concerts.
“The concerts make Abu Dhabi a centre for entertainment.”
While the after-race concerts have attracted a By Mahak Mannan number of big names to perform on the stage, Al Ameri revealed that he often sees celebrities return to Yas Marina for the action on the track.
“We see a lot of celebrities returning to the circuit too, which is great,” he said.
“The first time they arrive we were asked to help with their arrangements and facilitate their experience, but what surprised me is last year a lot of celebrities came in without talking to us, which shows they know their way around Abu Dhabi now.
“They come in for the races and to enjoy a family holiday, go for the concerts and have a good time.”
Richie will bring his All The Hits World Tour to Abu Dhabi on Saturday, November 26 while The Chemical Brothers perform on November 25 and Rihanna will close the event on November 27.
HELLO: Lionel Ritchie will perform at the Yasalam Saturday night after-race concert at du Arena