Formula 1

Formula 1 first came to Abu Dhabi in 2007 with the first-ever Formula 1 Festival. In 2009, the emirate hosted the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit. The race is now a permanent fixture on the F1 schedule.


The first official Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Formula 1 race was held at Yas Marina Circuit – a 21-bend circuit with several long straights and tight corners. Since 2009, the race has become a permanent fixture on the F1 programme. It was also the F1’s first day-night race, with floodlights used to illuminate the circuit switched on from the start of the event to ensure a seamless transition from daylight to darkness. Subsequent Abu Dhabi Grands Prix have also been day–night races.

The Yas marina Circuit twists through Yas Island off the Abu Dhabi coast, passing by the marina and through the Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi. When not required for F1, it is also used for purposes other, such as the Abu Dhabi Triathlon, and community open days where people are able to walk, ride and run around the famous track.