Yas Marina Circuit
The centerpiece of the Yas Island experience for most people is the Yas Marina Circuit, which is the second Formula One race track ever built in the Middle East and the host of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, among other races. The circuit was designed by the German engineer, designer and auto racer Hermann Tilke. Construction began in 2007 under contract by Aldar Properties, the same Abu Dhabi real estate company that is in charge of the entire Yas Island development project, and was finished in the fall of 2009 with the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 1, 2009.
Not only was this new Abu Dhabi Grand Prix a novelty because of the new and exciting venue, but it was also revolutionary in being the first day-night race in the history of Formula One racing. Adequate lighting during nighttime conditions is ensured by the presence of the world’s largest permanent sports-venue lighting system. The first two Abu Dhabi Grand Prix races (in 2009 and 2010) were both won by the young German Formula One racer, Sebastian Vettel for Red Bull-Renault; the 2011 Grand Prix was won by the Briton Lewis Hamilton of the McLaren-Mercedes team.
Although Formula 1 in Abu Dhabi is certainly one of the country’s (and Yas Island’s) greatest attractions, there is more to the Yas Marina Circuit than the races themselves — one of the most popular entertainment venues is an indoor theme park, the Ferrari World Theme Park, which is the largest indoor theme park in the world and full of fun and excitement, classy Ferrari-style. Of course, the Yas Marina Hotel was built on the Yas Marina Circuit as well (more information about that on the “Yas Viceroy Hotel” page).
More information from the official website.
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