Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2020

2020 Race Status: ON SCHEDULE / NO CHANGES ANNOUNCED
Date: November 27, 2020 - November 29, 2020
City: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Circuit: Yas Marina Circuit
Official Name: FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2020

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix takes place on Yas Island, a self-contained tourist-destination. Spectators will find entertainment, attractions, and theme parks not far from the circuit. A short drive to Downtown Abu Dhabi brings spectators to dining, shopping, and the region’s historic sites.

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RACE INFO & SCHEDULE

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VISITOR & TOURIST INFORMATION

AVERAGE RATES OF NEARBY HOTELS

  • 3-star: ($200USD)
  • 4-star: ($300USD)
  • 5-star: ($400USD)

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE DURING RACE WEEK

  • High of 30°C (87°F)
  • Low of 21°C (69°F)

CURRENCY

The official currency of the United Arab Emirates is the UAE dirham (AED). Here are some common conversions:

  • United States Dollar: 1AED =  $0.27USD — $1USD = 3.67AED
  • Euro: = 1AED = 0.24EUR– 1EUR = 4.15AED
  • British Pound: 1AED = £0.21GBP — £1GBP = 4.74AED

LANGUAGES

The primary language spoken in the United Arab Emirates is Arabic, however, English is widely spoken.

 

ATTRACTIONS AND THINGS TO DO

Near the United Arab Emirates’ capital city, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is near to popular sites and historic landmarks. Some include:

  • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center
  • Emirates Palace
  • The Corniche
  • Qasr Al Waton
  • Heritage Village
  • Louvre Abu Dhabi

Spectators will find plenty of entertainment in and around Abu Dhabi with attractions like:

  • Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi
  • Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi
  • Emirates Park Zoo

Abu Dhabi also has plenty of shopping and dining at Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi Mall, and the Galleria Ai Maryah Island.

 

Largest Nearby Cities

  • Dubai
    • 111.5 km (69.3 mi) to Abu Dhabi
    • 1 h 2 min drive
  • Sharjah
    • 139.6 km (86.7 mi) to Abu Dhabi
    • 1 h 24 min drive

THE CIRCUIT

Circuit Name: Yas Marina Circuit

Track Location: On Yas Island, 30 minutes from Abu Dhabi

Distance from the Closest Airport: 5.6 km (3.5 mi) to Abu Dhabi International Airport

Distance from Downtown: 35.5 km (22.1 mi) to Downtown Abu Dhabi

Year Opened: 2009

First Grand Prix: 2009

Yas Marina Circuit was built as part of a plan to develop Yas Island into a tourist destination. Since its opening, hotels, theme parks, malls, and a nightlife has joined it on the island. The circuit became the second track in the Middle East, following the Bahrain International Circuit.

Plans after the 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix were being considered to include more opportunities for overtaking. It also features a pit exit that forces drivers through a tunnel beneath the circuit.

THE 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Coming off the 10th anniversary of Yaas Marina Circuit and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the 2019 race is going to be a race to see who can keep Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain) or Sebastian Vettel (Germany) from scoring another victory in Yas Island.

 

The Abu Dhabi circuit received a mixed reaction during its inaugural race, prompting designer Hermann Tilke to consider making changes following the 2017 Grand Prix. Today, the track remains the same, providing Formula One drivers with 21 turns around a 5.554 km track. The lap record, held by Sebastian Vettel, stands at 1:40.279 and hasn’t been touched since 2009, adding another layer to the challenges and goals at Yas Marina.

 

When Yas Marina first opened on Yas Island, there was little to the Grand Prix destination. After some building up, it’s become a touristy spot that has plenty to entertain when spectators aren’t engrossed in the Formula One race. Much of what was added to Yas Island was done so to accommodate racegoers, like Ferrari’s indoor theme park, Ferrari World. High-speed roller coasters, Ferrari’s take on teacups, carnival games, a Karting Academy, a gallery of Ferrari’s finest, and the chance to watch a Ferrari GT go from design to testing are just a small selection of what Ferrari World has to offer. You can even get into the experience of being on the pit crew with the Tyre Change Experience.

 

Nightclubs, a golf course, and beaches provide an array of entertainment for older attendees and offer a place to let the adrenaline rush of the race subside. Accommodations in Yas Island are in no short supply thanks to the seven resort hotels, so there should be no issue finding lodging during the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Some of the hotels even offer a trackside view. Even the marina provides a unique view of the race if you’re hanging out in a boat cabin.

 

At Yas Marina Circuit, however, you’ll want to find a spot in the West Grandstand for the best views of Turn 8, where most of the overtaking takes place. The Main Grandstand looks right over the start-finish line, where you’ll be just feet away from the pyrotechnics that add an additional layer to the ceremony of the Grand Prix.

 

One look at Yas Island, which is not far from the Abu Dhabi International Airport, and it’s clear that the intention is to create a self-contained location of entertainment, dining, and lodging. One highway cuts through the center and the rest fo the island is devoted to attracting visitors with attractions and activities, making it the ideal location for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.