His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council has attended the activations at the 15th Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, taking place at Yas Marina Circuit.
His Highness met with Stefano Domenicali, CEO of the Formula 1 Group, to discuss mutual collaboration in the field of Formula 1 racing, and new opportunities to develop the sport. His Highness highlighed that Abu Dhabi’s investment into F1 infrastructure is enabling young Emiratis to develop their talents and participate in international competitions, and is enhancing the position of the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as a key calendar event for F1 sports fans from around the world.
His Highness also met with the Formula 4 racing team, including Emirati drivers Rashid Al Dhaheri and Hamda and Amna Al Qubaisi, and praised their efforts and achievements in the sport, emphasising the UAE leadership’s ongoing support for encouraging and empowering sporting talent in various fields.
His Highness praised the efforts of partners helping to deliver the event, and highlighted their role in helping to strengthen Abu Dhabi’s position as a global destination for sports, tourism, and entertainment. His Highness also emphasised how the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has expanded since its inaugural edition in 2009, along with the event’s impact in showcasing the emirate to the world, helping to drive tourism, and support economic diversification.
His Highness was accompanied by His Excellency Dr Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Chairman of the Department of Community Development; His Excellency Jassem Mohamed Bu Ataba Al Zaabi, Chairman of the Department of Finance; His Excellency Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi; His Excellency Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa, Chairman of the Department of Municipalities and Transport; His Excellency Mansoor Ibrahim Al Mansoori, Chairman of the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi; His Excellency Ahmed Tamim Hisham Al Kuttab, Chairman of the Department of Government Enablement - Abu Dhabi; His Excellency Saif Saeed Ghobash, Secretary General of Abu Dhabi Executive Council; His Excellency Abdulla Khouri, Chairman of Ethara; and Saif Rashid Al Noaimi, CEO of Ethara.
In line with the Year of sustainability in UAE, Yas marina circuit has achieved FIA THREE-STAR recertification in recognition of the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix’s environmental performance and its continued environmental management and sustainability evolution, including a switch to LEDs track lights which reduced the number of lighting fixtures by 17 per cent, power consumption by 40 per cent, and carbon emissions by 30 per cent.
Last year’s Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was attended by more than 160,000 fans, with more than 60 per cent travelling from overseas.