Cars during the day, rock at night at Abu Dhabi GP

Tickets sold out and yachts with view of Formula 1 race

24 November, 12:40

    Formula One Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi

    (ANSAmed) - NAPLES, NOVEMBER 21 - While reflecting on its current crisis and its future, Formula One is gearing up for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in the United Arab Emirates over the weekend as luxury, speed and fun will put difficulties experienced by the queen of motor sporting events in the backdrop.

    Cars started trying the Yas Marina circuit, about half an hour from Abu Dhabi, on Friday. The circuit is right in front of the port where many huge yachts will be able to watch the race from a privileged position. The GP is far from cheap, with the cost of a three-day package ranging from 570 to 1,200 dollars.

    Tickets, however, are all sold out.

    Overall 125,000 people will watch the Grand Prix with over half coming from abroad.

    A round of collateral events are also included in the price.

    Each night, Abu Dhabi will celebrate the Grand Prix with a performance. The first night yesterday was dedicated to Arab music with a huge park in the circuit area hosting Egyptian music and film star Tamer Hosny, Lebanese actress and singer Carole Samaha, Emirati singer Faiz Al Saeed and Mohammed Assaf, the Palestinian singer who became fanous with the TV program ''Arab Idol''.

    Tonight will see the performance of DJ Armin Va Buuren while tomorrow Pharrel Williams will star. The WHO will close the event on Sunday with the group choosing the UAE for their ''WHO Hits 50 Tour''.

    Another major attraction is the Ferrari World, the largest covered theme park offering everything a Ferrari fan can dream of.

    The Formula One's crisis will not be an issue in the sunny emirate which has just signed an agreement with the motor event to renew the contract once it expires in 2016.

    And the race has acquainted with Abu Dhabi and the Arab Emirates tens of millions of people between those who come here and people who follow the race on TV, Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak told the website ''Sport360''.

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