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Wheelie a Pow­er­turn buggy

You can try a dif­fer­ent kind of dune buggy at Al For­san in Khal­ifa City – a Pow­er­turn has two drive wheels turn­ing at dif­fer­ent speeds, mean­ing it can change direction, swerve, drift and spin in the blink of an eye. It can also do wheel­ies, even when turn­ing round a cor­ner. As a re­sult it can be driven around an off-road track quicker than a con­ven­tional buggy.

Al For­san In­ter­na­tional Sports Re­sort, Khal­ifa City, Abu Dhabi, daily 2pm to 11pm, price on re­quest. Tel: (02) 5568555. Taxi: Al For­san. al­for­san.com

Take your own car to Yas

If you’ve ever wanted to put your car through its paces, you can at the city’s F1 track. Yas Ma­rina Cir­cuit hosts Yas Track Days, where you can bring your own wheels for a half or full day and get driv­ing tips from the track’s coaches.

Yas Ma­rina Cir­cuit, Yas Ma­rina, Abu Dhabi, daily 9am to 11pm, from Dhs552. Tel: (800) 927. Taxi: Yas Ma­rina Cir­cuit. yas­mari­nacir­cuit.com

Learn to be a racer

Yas Ma­rina Cir­cuit also of­fers you the chance to take an FIA Assess­ment Rac­ing Li­cence Course, where you’ll have a one-hour class­room train­ing ses­sion, plus a 30-minute assess­ment on the track where you’ll need to show you un­der­stand race lines, cir­cuit eti­quette and car con­trol. If you pass, you then have to take a med­i­cal to get your li­cence from Abu Dhabi’s Au­to­mo­bile And Tour­ing Club (check out their web­site for more: atcuae.ae) Yas Ma­rina Cir­cuit, Yas Ma­rina, Abu Dhabi, daily 9am to 11pm, price on re­quest. Tel: (800) 927. Taxi: Yas Ma­rina Cir­cuit. yas­mari­nacir­cuit.com

Drive a Fer­rari

Fast cars are as com­mon as camels in the UAE – but if you can’t af­ford to buy one but would still like to take one for a spin, then head to Fer­rari World, where you can drive a red Fer­rari around the streets of Yas Is­land. You must be over 21 years old to get be­hind the wheel.

Fer­rari World, Yas Is­land, Abu Dhabi, daily 11am to 8pm, from Dhs695. Tel: (02) 496 8000. Taxi: Fer­rari World. fer­rari­world­abud­habi.com

Su­per­cars at Drive Yas

It’s not just Lewis Hamil­ton and Co (and cy­clists and run­ners) who can do a few laps on the iconic 5.5km track. Joe Pub­lic can take a spin in a va­ri­ety of high-oc­tane per­for­mance ma­chines, in­clud­ing an As­ton Martin GT4, a Fer­rari 458GT, Ja­guer F-Type S Coupé, Chevro­let Ca­maro’s and even For­mula Yas 3000 race cars that have a 3000cc, V6 en­gine.

as Ma­rina Cir­cuit, Yas Ma­rina, Abu Dhabi, daily 9am to 11pm, Dhs500 to Dhs4,000. Tel: (800) 927. Taxi: Yas Ma­rina Cir­cuit, en­trance 20. yas­mari­nacir­cuit.com

Drive yas

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