Our guide to the Abu Dhabi GP

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emi­rates; 24-26 Novem­ber 2017

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WHY VISIT?

If you love F1 and want to es­cape the cold Euro­pean win­ter, book a trip to Abu Dhabi for this Novem­ber’s GP. There’s ev­ery chance that 2017’s thrilling world cham­pi­onship fight be­tween Se­bas­tian Vettel and Lewis Hamil­ton will go right down to the wire, and the show­down could take place at the 20th and fi­nal race on this year’s cal­en­dar at the Yas Ma­rina cir­cuit.

While this isn’t one of the most chal­leng­ing tracks for the driv­ers, the venue’s fa­cil­i­ties and the spec­tac­u­lar lo­ca­tion – not to men­tion the guar­an­teed good weather – make the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix a race well worth vis­it­ing.

Abu Dhabi and Dubai are both lo­cated on the Gulf Coast, about an hour apart by car. This is a boom­ing re­gion, noted for its grand and spec­tac­u­lar mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture. If you’re keen to watch For­mula 1 some­where fur­ther afield than Europe, but you just can’t quite face the long flights to the Amer­i­cas or Asia, then a seven-hour overnight flight to the Mid­dle East is a good op­tion.

Plus, as spec­tac­u­lar venues go, Yas Ma­rina is one of the best. It looks in­cred­i­ble as the sun sets and the rac­ing con­tin­ues into the desert night un­der flood­lights.

WHAT TO SEE Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi’s key site of Mus­lim wor­ship is an in­cred­i­ble feat of ar­chi­tec­ture. Com­pleted in 2007, the daz­zling white $500mil­lion build­ing cov­ers 32 acres, has 82 domes, and re­ceives 41,000 vis­i­tors dur­ing Eid alone. It’s been voted the world’s num­ber two favourite landmark for two years run­ning on Tri­pad­vi­sor.

Fer­rari World, Abu Dhabi

No self-re­spect­ing For­mula 1 fan would pass up the chance to visit the world’s only Fer­rari­branded theme park. Here you can ride For­mula

The daz­zling Yas Ma­rina cir­cuit

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