It's that time of year again when Formula 1 fever hits the UAE. Whether you plan to watch the races from the grandstands, paddock or a super yacht, it's the after race parties and entertainment that's second to none.
Where to stay:
Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi - 5*
The Yas Hotel is THE hotel for avid race fans as it's situated in the middle of the Formula 1 racetrack with views overlooking the Yas Marina & Yacht Club. This ultra-modern hotel has 499 rooms and 13 restaurants and lounges with a non-stop entertainment program. Rejuvenating treatments from ESPA are a must for curing fatigue from late nights. Note there's a 4 night minimum stay during Formula 1 weekend. www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/en/abudhabi
The St. Regis Saadiyat Island - 5*
Grandeur and luxury is what you can expect from the St. Regis, which is an easy 10-minute drive from Yas Marina Circuit. Rooms are spacious and tastefully designed and their private beach is beautiful. For avid golfers, the Yas Links 18 hole championship course is conveniently located next to the hotel. www.stregisabudhabi.com
The Park Hyatt Saadiyat Island - 5*
This luxury beach resort has 306 guestrooms complete with private balconies looking onto the ocean or golf course. Located along the 9km pristine beach of Saadiyat Island, this classy hotel is just 25 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport and 10 minutes from Yas Marina Circuit. Make sure to check out the Beach House rooftop bar and restaurant on the beach. www.abudhabi.park.hyatt.com
Where to dine:
The infamous Italian restaurant Cipriani opened on Yas Island in late 2010 and is the most exclusive fine-dining restaurant on the island. It's also great for spotting F1 VIPs and A-list celebrities. The beautiful restaurant has glass windows and wrap around terraces that look onto berthed yachts and the Yas Marina Circuit. As for entertainment, international DJ Franco Moiraghi will provide the music all weekend long. For the cigar aficionados, Virgina Viga, a famous Torcedora (cigar roller) will provide cigar-rolling demonstrations. Virginia is one of the few masters at rolling the challenging "double figurados" cigars like Diademas & Salomones.
Tel: +971 2 657 5400
Hours: 12:00pm - 2:00am
Where to party
YAS Beach Club
Yas Beach is located 10 minutes away from the Yas Marina Circuit by car. It's a stunning, fully licensed private Beach Club with a restaurant, bar, shisha and live entertainment. During F1 weekend, Yas Beach has teamed up with the renowned Crystal Group to bring 'People by the Sea' — a weekend of exceptional party music with a fantastic DJ line up:
• Friday: Danny Howells and Timo Maas
• Saturday: Frank Fanciulli & Audio Jack
• Sunday: Urban night - 411 DJs will play the best HipHop music
For table bookings and package information:
Tel: +971 50 287 8703
O1ne Night Club
O1NE is located on Yas Island and promises the ultimate nightclub experience during race weekend. It's by the same people who started the infamous SKYBAR Beirut. If you still need convincing, their lineup for F1 race weekend includes:
• Thursday: Jason Derulo
• Friday: DJ Armin Van Buuren (1am -3am)
• Saturday: T-Pain on Saturday
• Sunday: DJ Solomun
For table bookings and package information:
Tel: +971 52 788 8111
Also don't miss these F1 Specials:
American reality TV star Kim Kardashian West is set to be the celebrity guest of honour and official host at the infamous night club, VIP Room on Sunday November 23rd. Kim will help close out the Formula 1, Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in style at this pop-up venue set up by VIP Room at the Radisson Blu Hotel on Yas Island. The night club has also arranged performances by US rap stars Future on November 21st and French Montana on the 22nd.
The news broke earlier this week, when the 34-year-old took to Twitter and told her 25 million followers that she had landed in Australia to promote her latest perfume, Fleur Fatale, and will soon make a stop over in the UAE as part of her tour.
For VIP Room table bookings and reservations:
Tel: +971 52 881 8888
Podium Lounge at the Viceroy Hotel
The Podium Lounge is no stranger to throwing great parties having hosted lavish after-parties during Formula 1 weekends in Melbourne, Monaco and Singapore this year. Nestled within the Yas Marina Circuit and situated within walking distance from the F1 Pit Building, you can expect a glamorous, star-studded weekend full of fun with A-list guests including the F1 racing community.
Rumoured to be one of the more difficult after-party venues to gain access to, we recommend having a backup plan or booking a table in advance.
Friday: Sister Bliss
Saturday: Dirty Vegas
Tel: +65 9459 5211
du Arena After Race Concerts (for F1 ticket holders only):
Thursday: Tamer Hosny, Carole Samaha, Fayez AlSaeed and Mohammed Assaf
Friday: DJ Armin Van Buuren
Saturday: Pharrell Williams