Our guide to the Abu Dhabi GP
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; 24-26 November 2017
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