Home - The Official Formula 1 Website Skip to content

F1 Festival coming to Abu Dhabi 22 Jan 2007

Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE 24 January 2007. © Abu Dhabi

The world's best drivers, including world champion Fernando Alonso, will bring their Formula One cars to the streets of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates next month for a special demonstration run. The February 3 event will be free and open to the public.

A specially designed street circuit stretching along Abu Dhabi's city waterfront will form the venue, running from the Emirates Palace, along Abu Dhabi's Corniche through to the Marina Mall. The festival will also include a 'Tribute to the Champions' gala ball at the Emirates Palace Hotel, which will salute reigning world champions, Fernando Alonso and Renault.

“The ADTA (Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority) is proud to host what will be the largest gathering of F1 cars and drivers ever assembled outside of a Grand Prix,” said Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nayhan, ADTA Chairman. “We would like as many people as possible to enjoy the event.”

The four-kilometre temporary street circuit has been designed to give as many spectators as possible access to the sights and sounds of Formula One racing. Most, if not all, the Formula One teams are expected to attend.

“We are delighted to be bringing the excitement of Formula One to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi,” added Formula One Management CEO, Bernie Ecclestone. “The event will showcase some of the sport's greatest current drivers, as well as the cars and teams that will contest the 2007 championship. I hope the whole community gets behind and enjoys this unique festival.”

Additional details concerning the event - including the most advantageous viewing areas, road closures, and parking facilities - will be announced shortly.