Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix At Yas Marina Circuit- A round up of events

A thrilling F1 season finale topped off a champion weekend at YAS MARINA CIRCUITWith record breaking ticket sell out at 60,000 the biggest ever audience cheered Lewis Hamilton to victory as curtain fell on exhilarating weekend packed with racing action and entertainment. The Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix podium prize ceremony, which saw Hamilton crowned 2014 Formula One Champion, concluded three days of track action and spectacular off-track activities enjoyed by fans across the newly-extended venue.

Throughout the Grand Prix weekend, racing fans – including a record number from overseas - enjoyed a blockbuster atmosphere, both in the grandstands and away from the track. The final after-race concert, featuring British rock legends The Who, brought the curtain down on a world-beating, non-stop program of entertainment. As always, the F1 after-race concert series proved a huge success. It kicked off in style on Thursday night, with a bill that included famous Middle Eastern artists such as Tamer Hosny and Mohammed Assaf. 

Friday was the turn of Dutch sensation Armin Van Buuren, who dazzled the audience with his high-energy set. And on Saturday the man of the moment Pharrell Williams treated the Du Arena audience to a memorable show. Egyptian movie star Tamer Hosny, celebrity singer and award-winning Lebanese actress Carole Samaha, Emirati singer Faiz Al Saeed, and Palestinian Mohammed Assaf of ‘Arab Idol’ fame entertained  race-goers at the Du Arena on 20th November.

 “I would like to congratulate the new world champion after what has been one of the most thrilling finales to a Formula 1 season in recent years,” said Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit.
Apart from the top sporting drama, attendance was driven this year by an unbeatable range of on-site activities to suit people of all ages.The five Oasis zones have been packed at all times with race-goers enjoying a thrilling carnival of activities including live music, theatre productions, gamezones, UAE heritage and other exhibitions and numerous hospitality options. The Heritage Village in the North Oasis area proved a popular attraction, with its lively mix of traditional Emirati activities such as falconry, local cooking, handicrafts, and henna painting. Motoring enthusiasts enjoyed a trip down memory lane in the West Oasis’s classic cars exhibition and tested their skills at the “Pit-Stop Challenge”. Yas Marina Circuit’s very own beach was also a big draw, as visitors wishing to relax in the sunshine took to their sun-loungers.

The hub of activity was the F1 Village, next to the Main Grandstand, where a non-stop line-up of music and dance provided the backdrop to a vast array of entertainment options including the F1 Gamezone and the Majlis Arabic Chill-Out area.Kids were able to put their driving skills to the test at the Yas Kartzone, which was open throughout the race weekend.

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