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A Guide To The F1 Abu Dhabi Events 2023

A Guide To The F1 Abu Dhabi Events 2023

It is that time of year again when the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2023 ignites the City.

Abu Dhabi Yas Marina is decked out in the classic black and white checkered flags, super yachts dock in the Marina and the island becomes the epicentre of the entertainment.

One of the most popular events, aside from the race during the F1 in Abu Dhabi, has to be the after-party concert.

Before the stands fill up with excited onlookers and the engines roar around Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Circut, read this complete guide to be organised with plans throughout the weekend.

There is a wide range of F1 Abu Dhabi Events, including brunches, concerts and yacht parties all of which book up quickly. However there are always people selling tickets last minute.

The F1 weekend Abu Dhabi has an electric atmosphere from morning to night.

F1 Concert Abu Dhabi

As mentioned, many of the residents of Abu Dhabi and those flying in for the event enjoy the concerts during the Grand Prix. In fact, for some, the concerts are the main event.

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The Yas F1 concerts Abu Dhabi are as follows

  • Thursday 17th, Award-winning British rapper Dave kicks off the night before the Abu Dhabi F1 track sees some action. On the same evening, 8-time grammy-winning superstar Usher will perform at the Yas F1 concert. Price 195 AED for both acts
  • Friday 18th Iconic Trio and world-class act Sweedish House Mafia bring their house beats to F1 Abu Dhabi. Price 295 AED
  • Saturday 19th Cultural Icon and grammy award-winning superstar Kendrick Lemar takes centre stage at Formula 1 Abu Dhabi. Price 295AED
  • Sunday 20th, Once the champion of the Grand Prix Abu Dhabi, has been crowned fans can expect a magnificent performance from the legendary Rock N Roll band Def Leppard. Price 395AED.
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There are 4-Night packages so fans can see all the artists at F1 Abu Dhabi priced at 945AED. If fans want an enhanced F1 Abu Dhabi experience, upgrade to the Golden Circle.

F1 goers can upgrade to the 4-night Golden Circle package from the 3-day tickets at a discounted rate. Benefits include fast-track entry, exclusive beverage stations and up-close action of the artists.

Grand Prix Abu Dhabi

As the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi racers touch down in the desert, they first need to get familiar with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Circut.

There are three rounds of practice across two days for the racers to prepare for the race. It is followed by the Abu Dhabi F1 qualifying round.

Those who qualify with the fastest times get a closer place to the start line. It provides the racers with a huge advantage in the F1 Abu Dhabi main event.

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The Abu Dhabi F1 dates are as follows:

  • Friday 18th, practice one, with an Abu Dhabi GP start time at 14:00-15:00
  • Friday 18th, practice two from 17:00-18:00
  • Saturday, the 19th, practice three from 14:30-15:30
  • Saturday 19th qualifying from 18:00-19:00
  • Sunday 20th,the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race time will be from 17:00-19:00

This concludes the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix schedule.

Abu Dhabi Yas Marina

With many happenings across the city we wanted to put a special emphasis on Abu Dhabi Yas Marina. Geographically it is minutes away from the F1 Circuit Abu Dhabi.

If you weren’t lucky enough to secure tickets to the F1 Weekend Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina can be a great location to soak up the atmosphere.

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F1 Abu Dhabi Events

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live screenings will be shown across bars and restaurants in the Marina. Brunches and vibes are served alongside the overarching superyachts of the rich and famous.

Here is a comprehensive list of what is on offer in Abu Dhabi Yas Marina

Diablitos

Diabilito’s has a newly decorated interior. Customers can expect breathtaking panoramic views of F1 Abu Dhabi as the racers whizz around d the circuit.

The food on offer is Spanish cuisine and drinks. Their tapas dishes make a perfect sharing experience amongst a group of people.

Opening Times: 11:00am until 3:00am

Offers:

  • 17th November – Avail of happy hour Thursday between 12:00 pm-18:00pm. Afterwards, a brunch offering four starters, a main dish and bottomless hops and Spanish beverages is priced at 300AED
  • 18th – 20th November – Race Brunch from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Diabilitos offers four starters, a main dish and bottomless hops, sangria, house beverages and spritz, finishing with dessert is priced 550AED

Reservations: For reservations and table policies, please call +971 02 5651 175.

Aquarium

A luxury seafood restaurant offering an underwater Atlantis experience with its tropical fish aquariums.

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A resident DJ will hit the turntable projecting cool beats onto the outdoor terrace overlooking the Marina. The F1 weekend Abu Dhabi brings daily brunch packages as well as A La Carte to the opulent venue.

Opening Times: 1:00pm – 2:00am

Table Policy: Brunch packages as follows:

Thursday, 17th November: daily brunch packages from AED449.

Friday, 18th November: daily brunch packages from AED449.

Saturday, 19th November: daily brunch packages from AED599.

Sunday, 20th November: daily brunch packages from AED599.

Advance reservations are recommended, call: + 971 2 565 0007 or +971 50 6969 357

Ishtar

Ishtar offers Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fusion cuisine making it an adventurous culinary journey.

The rooftop terrace gives onlookers a great vantage point of the F1 Abu Dhabi track. Belly dancers and a live Dj bring an authentic Arabian party to Abu Dhabi Yas Marina.

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Opening Times: 1:00pm to 2:00am

Menu: A La Carte.

Table Policy: Brunch packages as follows:

  • Thursday, 17th November: daily brunch packages from AED499 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, with a minimum spend of AED300 per guest from 7:00pm onwards. 
  • Friday, 18th November: daily brunch packages from AED499 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm.
  • Saturday, 19th November: daily brunch packages from AED599 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.
  • Sunday, 20th November: daily brunch packages from AED599 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.
  • VIP terrace with track view: VIP tables (seating six guests) for a minimum spend of AED2000 or a brunch package (highchair, one guest) AED5000 minimum spend.
  • Terrace facing marina: VIP tables (seating eight guests) for a minimum spend of AED1000 or standard tables (seating four guests) for a minimum spend of AED5000.
  • Indoors facing area: tables (seating four guests) for a minimum spend of AED1500, and a minimum spend of AED500 per guest Friday – Sunday, 7pm onwards.

Reservations: For reservations, please call: + 971 50 402 2293 or visit https://www.capitalmotion.com/is

Iris

Iris is well known for its hip atmosphere and open-air bar overlooking the Marina. If you want a good party and to mingle with people after the same experience, it’s the place to go!

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Their itinerary includes global Djs at one of the top F1 events Abu Dhabi. Not to mention brunch packages will be available throughout the day.

Petrol heads can set their eyes on the display of the new 2023 McLaren Vuse, keeping with the theme of Grand Prix Abu Dhabi. The automobile will be showcased from the 17th of November.

La Mez Caleria pop-up is an Iris annexe on the waterfront’s corner. This will be open throughout the F1 weekend Abu Dhabi.

The pop-up brings Latino heat to the Marina offering Mexican dishes, drinks and a chance to hit the dancefloor.

Opening Times: All day

Menu: Iris brunch packages available 

Reservations: For reservations and table policies, please call + 971 55 1605 636 or email reservations@irisabudhabi.com

Penelopes

Penelopes is a new addition to Abu Dhabi Yas Marina, opening just in time for Formula 1. The bar brings a slice of American jazz and 1920s French Riveria.

Expect live jazz performances, French-inspired cuisine and carefully crafted beverages.

Opening Times: All day

Menu: A La Carte

Reservations: For reservations and table policies, please call +971 52 221 0097 or email reservations@penelopes.ae

Bazaar Pop Up

Pop Up’s offer some of the most unique and interesting F1 Abu Dhabi events over the week. Bazaar brings their Beiruit origins to the party scene of F1 Abu Dhabi.

Guests can expect to feast on delicious food and dance their way into the early hours of the morning.

Opening Times: Friday – Monday, from 5:00pm to 4:00am.

Menu: A La Carte

Reservations: For reservations and table policies, please call + 971 55 1605 636 or email reservations@irisabudhabi.com

Stars N Bars

Star ‘N’ Bars is an awesome location to watch Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live on any one of their multiple LED screens. The bar has an extensive line-ip of entertainment for guests throughout the race weekend.

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Bagatelle takes centre stage on the Star Deck from 15:00 pm to 02:00 am supported by bands and Dj’s. Brunch packages and an A La Carte menu are available throughout the day, with an array of beverages.

Opening Times: 10:00am – late

  • Thursday, 17th November – DJ Mike from 8:00pm – late.
  • Friday, 18th November – Choose from Int Playboys Band (indoors) 8:00pm till late, or DJ Jay from 8:00pm till late on the Stardeck.
  • Saturday, 19th November – Brunch from 12:00pm – 4:00pm, featuring DJ Mike between 1:30pm – 5:00pm. Guests can also select from the following offerings on Saturday:
    • F1 Qualification from 5:30pm – 7:00pm
    • DJ Jay from 12:00am – 5:00am
    • DJ Mike from 7:00pm – 12:00am
  • Sunday, 20th November – DJ Mike will be spinning the decks from 12:00pm – 4:00pm, in addition to:
    • F1 Race viewing from 5:00pm – 7:00pm
    • DJ Jay from 7:00 – 11:00pm
    • FIFA broadcast from 9:30pm
    • Int Playboys band from 11:00pm till late
    • QTR vs EQ Bagatelle from 3:00pm – 2:00am Stardeck

Menu: A la carte and brunch packages available.

For reservations and table policies, please call  +971 02 5650 101 or email info@starsnbars.ae

Cipriani Yas Island

The Venetian-influenced Cipriani restaurant boasts a delightful lunch and dinner menu. The Italian restaurant is well known for its trademark drinks.

Guests groove to a hosted Dj each evening with a view of the beautiful Marina.

Opening Times: Thursday – Sunday, from 12:00pm to 5:00pm.

Menu: A la carte.

Table Policy: Minimum spend as follows:

  • Thursday, 17th November: all day lunch and dinner for AED800
  • Friday, 18th November: lunch from 12:00pm – 5:00pm for AED 1000, followed by dinner from 5:00pm – 2:00am for AED 1600
  • Saturday, 19th November: lunch from 12:00pm – 5:00pm for AED 1000, followed by dinner from 5:00pm – 2:00am for AED 1600
  • Sunday, 20th November: all day lunch and dinner for AED 1600

Please note, this offer refers to price per person, and a 10% service charge applies.

Reservations: For reservations, please call: + 971 2 657 5400, or email yasisland@cipriani.com

Exclusive Pop Ups

  • Yas Marina is hosting a pop-up in collaboration with G.H. Mumm et Cie and Dibba Bay Oysters, from 17th – 21st November from 12:00pm – 1:00am located along the main promenade. Racegoers can sip on champagne and tuck into fresh gourmet oysters harvested from the pristine waters of northern Fujairah.
  • Automotive fanatics can head to the Lamborghini Abu Dhabi pop-up located outside building 1 to view the showcase of the legendary Lamborghini Huracán STO from 17th – 21st November from 12:00pm to 10:00pm.
  • Get your java fix at Cartel Coffee located adjacent to Building 1 from 17th – 21st November between 12:00pm – 1:00am for one coffee and water with seating.
  • Belassi is hosting an exclusive jet ski display from 17th – 21st November on the main promenade
  • Racegoers and guests can stop by the Al Masood Motors car display located on the roundabout from 17th – 21st November and marvel at the Nissan Patrol exhibit open all day.
  • Catch the laser show above Yas Marina and view the dynamic show as a laser maps the buildings from 17th – 21st November, from 8:00pm – 2:00am.
  • Snap an Instagram-worthy short at the garden wall fitted with bright neon hashtags from 17th – 21st November, located between Stars N Bars and Aquarium
  • The Riva boat display will be located in the foyer of Building 1 from 17th – 21st November for all guests to stop by and marvel at the selection of boats.
  • This year, Yas Marina will host roaming entertainment for guests to
    • Sway to the sounds of a brass band (trio) from 18th – 21st November, from 2:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Dance the evening away to a Mariachi band from 18th – 21st November, from 2:00pm – 6:00pm
    • Marvel at the nightlife parade featuring LED performers from 18th – 21st November, from 7:00pm – 10:00pm

W Hotel

W Hotel is one of a kind as the F1 track meanders through the hotel making it an iconic landmark in Formula 1 Abu Dhabi.

What makes this location unique is the off-track entertainment such as brunches, pop ups and concerts are parallel to the F1 circuit Abu Dhabi.

The W Hotel has flown in global superstars to perform at the magnificent venue and joint ventured with household restaurants to make this a F1 weekend to remember.

Buddha-Bar Meets Abu Dhabi

Rush at W Abu Dhabi join forces with Buddha Bar Dubai to ignite the heart of F1 Abu Dhabi with
Resident DJs alongside the global percussionist Walter Scalzone, violinist Nico, and Christian the
saxophonist.

Visitors are guaranteed an experience of a lifetime with the uplifting beats. The Buddha Bar Dubai dancers will make an appearance throughout the day and night to keep the crowd grooving.

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It is 500AED to enter the bar, expect delicious hand-crafted beverages tmixed by the talented bar staff.

Food on offer includes the famous sushi selection, lobster dumplings, chicken salad and Chilean sea bass.

A bit more on the pricey side is their Seventh Heaven Brunch and for good reason as you can expect world class dining coupled with evanescent French bubbly.
-Friday 18 November from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Price 1500 AED.
-Saturday 19 th and Sunday 20 th from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Price 3000 AED.
Includes access to after-race concerts during select times
 
For more information and reservations, call or WhatsApp +971 55 123 3697


Garage Pink Party

Garage brings a plethora of dishes to Grand Prix Abu Dhabi with the Race Weekend brunches. The
Brunches are well synchronized with each F1 Abu Dhabi race event.

Opt for one of the four brunches while the racers tear around Yas Marina Circuit. A DJ will be on the
terrace to keep the mood upbeat with awesome tunes. Terrace tickets include access to after-race concerts.
 
Garage Friday 18 th  November 1-4pm with DJ Flippside
Bubbles brunch: Terrace seating for AED1,400 per person 
Bubbles brunch: Indoor seating for AED980 per person
House package brunch: Indoor seating for AED700 per person 
 
Garage Saturday 19 th  November 12:30-3:30pm with DJ Nuff Said 
Bubbles brunch: Terrace seating for AED1,400 per person 
Bubbles brunch: Indoor seating for AED980 per person
House package brunch: Indoor seating for AED700 per person 
 
Garage Saturday 19 th  November 4:30-7:30pm with DJ Flippside
Pink Party Brunch starting from: Bubble brunch: Terrace seating for AED3,000 per person

Bubbles brunch: Indoor seating for AED980 per person 
House package brunch: Indoor seating for AED700 per person 
 
Garage Sunday 20 th  November 4-7pm with DJ Nuff Said 
Bubble brunch: Terrace seating for AED6,000 per person 
Bubbles brunch: Indoor seating for AED2,400 per person
House package brunch: Indoor seating for AED1,500 per person

RESERVATIONS: +971 2 656 0000

Brooklyn Chop House at Angar

This Brooklyn born restaurant is partnering up with Angar this Formula 1 Abu Dhabi. They are best
Known for their tender steaks and oriental Beijing dishes. This American Chinese fusion brings a
unique hip hop and R&B entertainment to the F1 Abu Dhabi fans. This is a one of a kind steakhouse
experience at Formula 1 Abu Dhabi.
 
17th – 20 th  November
12pm – 12am | A La Carte
Minimum Spend: AED 800 (Fri-Sun)


W Lounge

The lit-up lounge hosts Fatman scoop and world renowned DJ Roger Sanchez to close an epic f1 weekend off.

A venue that boasts the best track and Marina views in Yas Island mean fans will be left with an unforgettable experience.

If the headline acts and views wasn’t enough, then an added bonus would be the dancers and saxophonists performing in the W Lounge throughout the weekend

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Roger Sanchez | Saturday 19 th November | 8PM onwards |AED350 minimum spend 
Fatman Scoop |Sunday 20 th November | 10.30PM until late | AED500 minimum spend 

Gear up for a lot of trackside fun at the party of the year this November 17 th  to 20 th  at W Abu Dhabi –
Yas Island. For more

Important Information

  • Please note, all dining outlets at the Yas Marina promenade remain open to the public for the entire duration of Race Week. Passes are not required to access the facilities.
  • As demand is high, to avoid disappointment, all visitors are advised to make reservations in advance (for indoor and outdoor dining).
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  • Parking at Yas Marina is limited during this event. Pre-sold pricing ranges from AED 150 to AED 400. Parking is subject to availability, and daily rates apply.
  • Opt for public transport such as Careem, Abu Dhabi taxi or water taxi services to avoid delays and traffic congestion. Use discount code ‘YASMARINA’ on all Careem rides to Yas Marina for a 15% discount.
  • For more information on everything that is taking place during Race Week, please visit the Yas Marina website.

We hope you enjoyed reading this post about F1 Abu Dhabi events. If you have visited any of the events listed, please let us know how it was by leaving a comment below.

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