The Ethiad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is one of the rare F1 fixtures that can be watched from aboard a superyacht, and making this a reality is a number of event companies hosting exclusive hospitality packages on board luxury yachts berthed at the heart of the city’s Yas Marina.
Before you book an F1 superyacht package, it’s important you know what to look out for as many factors have the capacity to make or break your race weekend, from where the superyacht is berthed to the food and drink served on board to the line-up of post-race entertainment.
To ensure you have the ultimate superyacht experience at the Abu Dhabi fixture with VIP service and phenomenal performances from world-class acts, here’s everything you need to know.
With a circuit that wraps around the marina, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was made to be watched from a superyacht. In fact, the race is one of only two F1 events - the other being the Monaco Grand Prix - where the trackside action can be seen from a luxury yacht.
But as only a limited number of berths in Yas Marina offer trackside views, the optimal way to take in the racing is from a yacht stationed in one of these prime spots.
If you want to experience the grand prix like a VIP, securing a hospitality package on board a yacht in one of these coveted viewing positions (highlighted in red in the map above) is an absolute necessity.
The best VIP yacht hospitality packages will take place on tri-deck superyachts built by the world’s finest shipyards. These larger yachts with more decks have the height needed to give optimal views across the track as the greatest drivers on the planet power by.
There will also be ample space on board for watching the racing across all three decks and this will ensure all guests will be treated to the utmost comfort. Luxurious amenities such as spa pools, bars and sumptuous seating will further enhance the experience too.
And as the hospitality packages extend beyond the F1 track action with vibrant post-race entertainment, the space is also perfectly suited to hosting glittering parties. State-of-the-art sound systems and disco equipment will also help provide the ultimate party atmosphere.
The generous volumes will also be apparent within the interior in case you need a break from the lively outdoor surrounds and those on board can expect the exquisite styling and comfort of the exterior to be replicated across the inside guest living areas.
Race-goers undertaking a VIP yacht package can expect a superior drinking and dining experience. The most talented superyacht chefs will be hired to create a seemingly endless supply of gourmet delights and any dietary requirements will be well catered to.
Likewise, an unlimited flow of premium drinks will be available from the moment you step on board.
Adding to the experience will be a world-class hosting team, ensuring your every need is catered for. Expect your drinks to be kept topped up and upscale culinary offerings available throughout the duration of your superyacht experience.
Guests undertaking a VIP yacht package will also be treated to intimate performances from world-renowned DJs and global music acts. Once the racing draws to a close, the focus will switch to these big name stars who will rev up the post-race celebrations and keep the revelry going well into the night.
As Abu Dhabi is the final fixture of the Formula I season, the party scene is unlike any other on the circuit as everyone looks to end the year on a high, so the festivities on board these top superyachts are guaranteed to be of the highest calibre.
Another entertainment feature will be the chance to meet a current or former F1 driver and partake in a question and answer session. This will no doubt be a major draw for big grand prix fans.
The racing fixture also stands out because of its star-studded after-race concerts. For four nights, world-famous performers take to the stage in du Arena to wow the crowd made up exclusively of grand prix ticket holders – which will include you if you secure one of these VIP hospitality deals.