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Superyachts gather for the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

By Katia Damborsky   22 November 2018

Marking the grand finale to the F1 racing season, the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will bring rip-roaring action, star-studded parties and a fleet of spectacular superyachts to the Yas Marina Circuit when it gets underway from 23 November.

As one of only two F1 sporting events which can be watched from the comfort of a superyacht, the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has become a regular fixture in the calendar for motor enthusiasts and yacht-goers alike.

Running this year from 23 to 25 November, the 10th edition of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix promises show-stopping entertainment, glittering parties and exhilarating action from some of the biggest names in motorsports. Here's what you can expect from the event.

The superyacht experience

Superyachts at berth next to Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Marina racing circuit
Car on Yas Marina racetrack goes past superyachts lined up at berth during Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Superyachts in foreground at Yas Marina during F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with grandstands in background

With a selection of trackside berths offering in-demand views over the action, securing a superyacht is the most glamorous way to soak up the F1 experience.

An Abu Dhabi Grand Prix yacht charter is the most popular option for those who want the luxury of their own superyacht in the heart of the action over the weekend. Host friends, family or clients on board and enjoy five-star service from the crew without having to worry about accommodation.

However, those who choose not to charter can still step on board a superyacht with an F1 hospitality package. Offering access to a superyacht during the races or for one of the glitzy, post-race parties, the packages carry different benefits - but all include gourmet dining, premium drinks and the opportunity to network with other F1 attendees. The evening packages include live music entertainment in a sensational post-race atmosphere.

To find out more, read our ultimate guide to Abu Dhabi Grand Prix package offers.

The tenth edition of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix promises show-stopping entertainment, glittering parties and exhilarating action from some of the biggest names in motorsports.

Action-packed races

Race car on Yas Marina Circuit going past Yas Viceroy during Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Cars racing at F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Cars rounding corner of Yas Marina race circuit

This year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will see drivers take to the track for three days of races, each comprising of 55 laps around the Yas Marina circuit.

With 21 turns in total and plenty of hard braking zones which will challenge drivers' accuracy and precision, the circuit will no doubt serve up fast-paced thrills and exhilarating action.

Although Lewis Hamilton has already taken home first place, the other 19 drivers are still vying for a second place slot to ensure their F1 season goes out with a bang.

For more information about the 2018 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, please refer to our guide, for everything you need to know about the motorsports event.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2018 schedule:

  • Friday 23 November: 1pm First practice (90 minutes), 5pm Second practice (90 minutes)
  • Saturday 24 November: 2pm Final practice (60 minutes), 5pm Qualifying (split into three parts over 60 minutes)
  • Sunday 25 November: 5pm Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (55 laps)

Dazzling entertainment line-up

Crowds of people attend Du Arena for post-race concerts after F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Singer and bassist of Guns N Roses performing on stage
The Weeknd singing on stage

As the races draw to a close, attendees can expect to enjoy an incredible entertainment line-up at the nearby du Arena. Past acts have included Beyoncé, Calvin Harris and Kylie Minogue, to name a few. This year’s line-up promises to be equally superb, with some of the world’s most talented artists taking centre stage.

In addition to the after-race entertainment, attendees will also find a range of yacht parties and club nights at venues around Yas Marina. Putting on an incredible show, DJs and live music acts will enliven festivities, with speciality cocktails and glittering light shows contributing to the buoyant party atmosphere.  

For the full line-up of the after-race entertainment at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, please see our article.

Alternatively, find out where you can expect to find the most buzzing nightlife after the Grand Prix.

If you'd like to find out more about chartering a superyacht during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, please get in touch with your preferred charter broker.

For more information read our new Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Guide.

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