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Attractions Details

📌 Address

Yas Marina Circuit - Yas Island - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

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"Visit Yas Marina Circuit during one of the public open days, typically on Tuesdays, to walk or cycle around the track for free; it's a perfect way to experience the venue without the Grand Prix crowds. Another local secret is to book a track experience in advance for early mornings on weekends to enjoy a cooler temperature and less traffic on the circuit."

What is Yas Marina Circuit?

Yas Marina Circuit is the United Arab Emirates' most exciting sporting and entertainment multi-purpose venue. Located on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, the circuit is a haven for motorsports enthusiasts and is famous for hosting the annual Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The circuit envelops a marina, adding to its picturesque setting and boasts a mix of high-speed straights and challenging slow corners. I must say, the unique evening races under the floodlights add an extra layer of drama and excitement that's quite unmatched.

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Beyond its role as a racing circuit, Yas Marina offers a variety of community events and racing experiences. From karting for the kids and track days for aspiring racers to corporate events and concerts, Yas Marina has diversified its appeal to attract a wide audience. The facility is top-notch, with state-of-the-art technology ensuring safety and thrilling experiences, whether you're a spectator soaking up the atmosphere or a driver feeling the rush of the race.

History of Yas Marina Circuit

The history of the Yas Marina Circuit is a testament to Abu Dhabi's ambition to become a world-renowned sports and entertainment destination. The circuit's construction commenced in May 2007, and in a remarkable feat of engineering and determination, it was completed in 2009. Designed by the famous circuit architect Hermann Tilke, Yas Marina is one of the most technologically advanced circuits in the world, offering unparalleled racing experiences.

Remarkably, the inaugural Formula 1 race at Yas Marina Circuit, held in November 2009, was the first ever Formula 1 twilight race, starting at dusk and finishing in the dark - a feature that continues to set this event apart. The circuit has since been a fixture on the F1 calendar, and it quickly became a fan and driver favorite. Its luxurious facilities, such as the Yas Hotel, spanning the track, have become iconic symbols of the circuit and the dynamic spirit of Abu Dhabi.

Why is Yas Marina Circuit Important?

Yas Marina Circuit is integral to Abu Dhabi's identity as a modern, dynamic city that's at the forefront of hosting international sporting events. The circuit's ability to bring the global Formula 1 community to the region has a significant impact, from showcasing Emirati hospitality to stimulating the local economy through tourism and international exposure. For race fans and drivers alike, Yas Marina is an emblem of innovation within the motorsport's world, often referred to as the 'Monaco of the Middle East'.

It contributes heavily to the local community not just economically, but also culturally, bonding people through the universal language of sport. The Yas Marina Circuit also embodies the futuristic vision of the UAE, with its eco-friendly initiatives and community health programs. Its importance goes far beyond the roar of engines on race days; it serves as a symbol of the ambition and progressive nature of Abu Dhabi.

Things to Do & See at Yas Marina Circuit

Visitors to Yas Marina Circuit can indulge in a range of activities suited to both the adrenaline-junkie and the casual visitor. Picture yourself behind the wheel of a race car, taking on the same track that the Formula 1 legends compete on. You can take part in the 'DriveYAS' experience, which allows the public to drive or ride cars or even super karts on this exceptional circuit. For those who prefer two wheels, 'TrainYAS' evenings allow cyclists and runners to use the track free of charge. It's a sight to behold and a unique way to experience the circuit.

For a more leisurely visit, guided tours give an inside look into the race control room, pit garages, and podium — places usually off-limits during race days. Families can look forward to go-karting at Yas Kartzone, where the fun-size rendition of the circuit's challenge can be enjoyed by all ages. As well, there are often events and festivals held in the vicinity and at the nearby Yas Island attractions like Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld, and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi.

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Yas Marina Circuit isn’t just a must-visit for motorsport fans; it's a cornerstone of the local culture and leisure scene. From the roar of engines to the tranquil evenings where the track's reflections glimmer on the marina, it captures the spirit of Abu Dhabi — a blend of tradition, luxury, and innovation that you're unlikely to find elsewhere.

Frequently asked questions

What is the Yas Marina Circuit?

The Yas Marina Circuit is a state-of-the-art racing circuit located in Abu Dhabi, and it is the venue for the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. It features a 5.55 kilometer track and is known for its unique racing experiences and facilities.

How can I visit the Yas Marina Circuit?

Visitors can book a tour of the Yas Marina Circuit, participate in a driving experience, or attend events and races. It is recommended to check the official website for the latest visiting hours and event schedules.

What driving experiences are available at the Yas Marina Circuit?

Yas Marina Circuit offers a range of driving experiences, including driving a Formula One car, go-karting, drag racing, and more. These experiences are designed to suit all levels of driving skills and offer a thrilling experience on the track.

Are there any events at Yas Marina Circuit besides Formula One?

Yes, Yas Marina Circuit hosts a variety of motor sports events and activities throughout the year such as track days, car festivals, and drag racing, as well as non-motorsport events like concerts and corporate functions.

Can children participate in activities at Yas Marina Circuit?

Yas Marina Circuit offers go-karting and junior driving experiences for children. It is advisable to check age and height restrictions for specific activities on the circuit's official website.

Attractions Details

📌 Address

Yas Marina Circuit - Yas Island - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Varies

Find it on google maps