Grand prix is ex­pected to be a sell-out

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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

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