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Heading to Yas Island? Here’s what you need to know before you go.
If you’re getting behind the wheel to drive to the big race this weekend this year the parking situation is a little different.
All parking is free of charge but that’s the closest you’ll get to the circuit in your vehicle over F1 Weekend.
The good news is there are regular free shuttle buses taking you trackside, or you can even take the short 15-20 minute walk and enjoy the weather.
As always it pays to plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to get to Yas Marina Circuit because, call us psychic, but we think it’s going to be a popular destination this week.
Performances from the drivers on Saturday make a big difference and determine where they will place on the starting grid for the big race on Sunday.
A bad qualifying performance and you could find yourself at the back on the grid for the Grand Prix and already at a disadvantage.
Drivers take qualifying very seriously and it’s a great chance to see them do what they do and get ready to see them take their positions for the last race of the season on Sunday.
What’s F1 weekend without a brilliant brunch?
Back for the third year, the Social Pit Lane brunch by party planners Candypants (they put on some of the biggest bashes in the UAE) will take over Casa De Cuba at Yas Marina with a four-hour all-inclusive brunch every day from Thursday to Sunday. Then, once the brunches are out of the way everyone is invited to join in the after party until 3am. If you’ve always dreamed of watching the Formula One from a yacht (would there actually be anything better in the world?), you can do just that from The Trackside Mega Yacht on along with a whole twelve house of premium food and beverages. Sounds like just a standard weekend really…
From Dhs499 (brunch) Nov 29-Dec 1. Yas Marina, Yas Island, www.candypants.events/race-week-2019/.
Dubai’s Hidden Brunch will be setting up at Iris Yas Island during Race Weekend and offering three days of pop-up brunches. A menu of international dishes will be on offer as well as free-flowing beverages, plus brunch-goers will also get to keep the party going with free access to the after party.
From Dhs499 (Fri & Sat), from Dhs599 (Sun). Nov 29-30 1pm-4pm, Dec 1 2pm-5pm. Yas Marina, www.hiddenbrunch.com/race-weekend.
It’s always fun and games at this lively Yas Mrina hangout and over F1 weekend things will be no different. Brunch will be held across four days, serving up some Asian dishes, bites and delicacies, alongside free-flowing beverages. A host of fun games, activities and live entertainment will also be on hand to keep the party atmosphere going throughout the biggest weekend of the year.
Dhs249 (Thu), Dhs499 (Fri-Sun). Nov 28-Dec 1. Thu 8pm-11pm, Fri-Sun1pm-4pm. Mr Miyagi’s, Yas Marina, Yas Island (02 565 1150).
Popular Japanese eatery Ramusake is hosting a five-day pop-up at W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island. Taking place from November 27 to December 1 and overlooking Yas Marina Circuit, you can get your fill of modern Japanese cuisine and beverages as well as live music from international DJs and performers. Various packages are available for the day and evening events throughout the weekend, with prices starting from Dhs800 for a set menu dinner on the Wednesday and Thursday and also for the brunch on Friday. Or, if you want to enjoy Japanese specialties while watching the big race, you can do so for Dhs1,500.
From Dhs800. Nov 27-Dec 1. W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island, Yas Island, www.ramusake.ae.
Also taking place at the W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island, the Secret Brunch from Dubai’s Secret Parties will be happening from Friday November 29 to Sunday December 1. Packages include access to a four-hour brunch and drinks, with entertainment from guest DJs including Hardeep, Chris Wright, Nicky Cartel, Danny Whitlock and Jon Besant. You’ll also get a great view of the track to watch the practice, qualifying and the big race. Prices start from Dhs1,500 for a silver package on Friday and Saturday and these also include concert tickets to Travis Scott and Lana Del Rey respectively, meanwhile Sunday packages start from Dhs3,700.
From Dhs1,500. Nov 29-Dec 1. W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island, Yas Island, www.secret-parties.com/secretbrunchf1abudhabi.
Eight massive concerts (https://www.timeoutabudhabi.com/bars-nightlife/423903-here-are-all-the-h...) are coming across four days during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Lana Del Ray
Saturday November 30
On the Saturday of Race Weekend the husky-voiced singer is making her Abu Dhabi debut. Music fans have been falling in love with the talented American since she first uploaded her self-made videos to her signature songs Video Games and Blue Jeans to Youtube back in 2012, and since then she has become a massive star. There won’t be a dry eye in the house as she performs emotional tracks like Born to Die and Young and Beautiful, and we also can’t wait to hear her blast out her other moving songs like Summertime Sadness, Lust For Life, Ride and Love. The show is part of her tour to promote her sixth studio album, which was only recently released in the summer, but we can still expect her to play all our favourites too. Currently on her fifth world tour, this lady really knows how to captivate an audience and she will leave you amazed.
Saturday November 30
Taking to the stage on Saturday November 30, NE-YO will be performing for fans in the capital. The Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter joins a big line-up of acts to perform in the UAE capital during race week. Ne-Yo is probably best known for his hits Miss Independent, Because of You, Another Love Song and So Sick. The Yas Island Club is open late so we wouldn’t expect to see the American star perform until the wee hours. At least it’s a long weekend in the UAE so you won’t have to be too tired in work the next day or if you’re heading to the big race.
Saturday November 30
BASE, Dubai’s super-club has announced a big line-up for F1 weekend from November 29 to December 1. First, on Saturday November 30, multi-platinum rapper Tyga, known for his hits Taste, Juicy, Girls Have Fun and Swish, will take to the stage to perform for fans in the capital. Bringing the party to a close on Sunday December 1, after the big race, singer, songwriter, producer and actor Trey Songz will be live in Abu Dhabi. The venue, located above Cipriani on Yas Island, will open from 11pm until the small hours and it’s sure to be buzzing over F1 weekend. For more information and reservations call 055 934 8261 and visit www.basedubai.com.
Heading out for a big party? Here are the places to be.
The legendary star-studded party is back again this year with DJ Sigma as the headline DJ over the weekend. Two-day packages and VIP tables are available, and if you want to mingle with celebs and F1 drivers then this is definitely the place to be. New to 2019 is the Saturday night yacht party (it looks so good it’s ridiculous), and the VIP after party following the big race on Sunday is set to be one of the biggest parties of the year.
Prices vary. Nov 30-Dec 1. Yas Island, www.amber-lounge.com/abudhabi.
Dubai’s super-club has announced a big line-up for F1 weekend from November 29 to December 1. On Saturday November 30, multi-platinum rapper Tyga, known for his hits Taste, Juicy, Girls Have Fun and Swish will take to the stage to perform, and then bringing the party to a close on Sunday December 1 will be songwriter, producer and actor Trey Songz. You can find BASE above Cipriani on Yas Island, and you really won’t want to miss it.
Prices TBC. Nov 29-Dec 1, 11pm onwards. BASE, above Cipriani, Yas Marina, Yas Island, www.basedubai.com.
The OKOKO Pool Party
The new and shiny W Hotel Abu Dhabi - Yas Island is really making a splash during F1 weekend. The OKOKO Pool Party will take place at The Wet Deck on Friday November 29, Saturday November 30 and Sunday December 1 with sets from international DJs including Sandy Riviera, Faithless and Claptone. Tickets to the three-day party start from Dhs500 per person.
From Dhs500. Nov 29-Dec 1. W Hotel Abu Dhabi - Yas Island, www.wrevup.com/F1.
The Rich List
W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island really is pulling out all the stops over Race Weekend. Luxury party The Rich List will be happening in the stylish venue and although the performing DJs are yet to be announced, we can definitely expect the line-up to feature plenty of big names (last year David Morales, HXNNYXO and The Mambo Brothers were behind the decks). Entry starts from Dhs800 for a ladies pass, while VIP passes will set you back Dhs2,000.
From Dhs800. Nov 29-Dec 1 noon-midnight. W Hotel Abu Dhabi - Yas Island, www.richlistgroup.com.
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