If taking in extreme sports from a distance is more your thing then don’t worry, because Abu Dhabi has more than its fair share of high octane, high adrenaline spectator sports for you. Just try not to fall off the edge of your seat as you watch the experts do their thing.
The event that has put the city well and truly on the sporting map, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is one of the city’s biggest annual events of the year. Always a hit with residents, it attracts waves of tourists to the capital each year. In 2014 the world’s best drivers will once again return to Yas Island and do battle around Yas Marina Circuit Nov 21-23. This year there’ll be even more at stake because the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be the last race of the season, so double points will be awarded for each placing, meaning that in all likelihood the Championship will be won here. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are currently dueling at the top of the standings and are expected to be still challenging for the Championship come the final race of the season.
Yas Island. General admission tickets from Dhs395. Grandstand tickets from Dhs1,875. For information and tickets, visit www.yasmarinacircuit.com. To purchase tickets call 800 927 or 02 659 9800.
Tel Moreeb in Al Gharbia, the western region of Abu Dhabi, is a must-see if you’re a motorsport enthusiast. At over 300m high and with a 50° angle, it is considered by many to be the tallest sand dune in the world. There is a well-established motorsport event here in February that’s part of the Liwa International Festival. If you fancy racing a 4x4, quad bike or dirt bike to the top then why not compete? Alternatively watch others scale the sandy beast instead. At the base of the dune there is a camp for competitors and spectators with a great atmosphere and loud music to counter the din of the engines.
Red Bull Air Race
Following a three-year hiatus, the Red Bull Air Race World Championships made its triumphant return to the skies in 2014, and the season kicked off right here in Abu Dhabi. Twelve of the world’s best pilots battled for supremacy of the air, navigating their way through gates in the air, some of which were just 10m apart, at ferocious speed. The event, which was held on the Corniche, was a great success and is expected to return in early 2015. As soon as TOAD knows when, you’ll be the first to know.
Check the latest standings by visiting www.redbullairrace.com.
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