Need To Know: 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Formula 1 visits the Yas Marina Circuit for the final round of the season. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend on November 28 – December 1, 2019!

Formula 1 first visited Abu Dhabi in 2009. The unique race, which starts just before sunset and ends under floodlights, has established itself as the now traditional last race of the season. The Yas Marina Circuit is located around 30km from Dubai, which is a great place to base yourself over the race weekend. From experiencing the area’s luxurious lifestyle, to browsing the massive shopping malls and even camel racing. We’ve rounded up the best places to visit on your Abu Dhabi Grand Prix trip in Off-Track Activities.

Heading to Yas Marina for the first time? All the essential travel information you need is in Travel Basics.

Both the 2016 and 2017 Abu Dhabi Grands Prix attracted 195,000 spectators and, although the attendance figure for last year’s race has not been revealed, promoters say grandstand tickets in 2018 sold out in record time. Based on the average price of 3-day grandstand tickets, Abu Dhabi is the most expensive race to attend during the 2019 season, ahead of Mexico and Monaco. The cheapest 3-day grandstand tickets are $566 – almost $150 more expensive than any other race on the current calendar, aside from Monaco.

Check out our Budget Planner for the lowdown on what you can expect to spend on a trip to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix!

In addition to plentiful ATMs, the circuit introduces a new cashless trackside payment option for 2019 called ‘Yas Pay’. Find more information here. Be sure to make the most of your weekend by downloading the YasHub app. Note that you are not allowed to bring food and drink into the circuit. Some of the Marina area is accessible to the public, where you’ll find bars and restaurants.

If you have (quite a lot of) money to spare, RM Sotheby’s are auctioning off a number of cars over the weekend – including a Ferrari F2002, driven by Michael Schumacher during the 2002 season. While the expected prices may be a little out of reach for most of us, there will be a public viewing of the cars plus track demonstrations after Free Practice on Friday.

There is plenty of on-track action during the race weekend. As well as the usual Formula 1 sessions, there are also two Formula 4 UAE races plus two Formula 2 races, with the latter series celebrating the last round of its 2019 season. In addition, there is the public pit-lane walk on Thursday, which is open to 3-day ticket holders. You can find all the vital information about watching the race, including session times, on our updated Trackside page.

What to look forward to at the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Abu Dhabi is the perfect place to end the Formula 1 season in style. The modern facilities at the Yas Marina Circuit will offer everything you need to have a stress free and enjoyable race weekend, while the evening concerts really get the party started.

Although the championships have already been decided for 2019, don’t expect any less action because of that – just take the last race in Brazil as an example! All the action will be topped off with post-race fireworks and donuts from the drivers as the season draws to a close.

You can read more about the history of the event in Race Facts.

As always at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the end of the season will be celebrated in style with four headline concerts across the weekend. Marshmello and Travis Scott headline on Thursday and Friday respectively, while Lana Del Ray takes to the stage after qualifying on Saturday and The Killers headline Sunday night. The concerts take place at Du Arena. You can find helpful information on accessing the circuit and information on collection points for after the concerts here.

If you’re not at Yas Marina for this year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix but want to attend next year, you can start early preparations for your trip in 2020 by checking out the best available hotels and what the local area has to offer!

Any questions about the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend? Ask in the comments below or find us on Twitter and we’ll do our best to answer!

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Nicky Haldenby is a Formula One writer from Scarborough, England. Having grown up with F1 often on the TV on Sunday afternoons, Nicky has been following the sport avidly since 2006. After graduating from University in 2015 with a First Class degree in English Language and Literature, he founded his own F1 website and now regularly writes articles about both the sport's history and current affairs.

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