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Countdown underway in Abu Dhabi 01 Feb 2007

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

With only a few days to go before Abu Dhabi welcomes the first ever Formula One Festival to its streets , the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) and its partners are working hard to ensure the event, to be held on Saturday February 3, goes down in the history books.

The half-day showcase is free for the public and the action starts at 9 am. Large crowds are expected to flock to the temporary street circuit, which starts at the Emirates Palace and winds its way along Abu Dhabi’s waterfront to Marina Mall. Eight giant television screens will be placed along the route to make sure no one misses a moment of action and, before the Formula One cars start revving their engines, organisers plan to hand out tens of thousands of free earplugs to the crowd. Complementary bottled water will also ensure spectators don’t go thirsty.

“The F1 Festival is a credit to the people of Abu Dhabi as very few cities in the world would be able to create an event of this size and stature,” said His Highness, Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority. “It promises to be a truly memorable experience for the entire family, so we encourage people to set their alarm clocks and make sure they don’t miss a minute of the action.”

Hundreds of safety barriers have begun to be installed along the track and construction is also underway at the VIP grandstand, where invited guests will enjoy a prime viewing position for the extravaganza. Designated parking areas will be set up at the Marina Mall car park, next to the Hilton Hotel, and between the Intercontinental Hotel and the Al Bateen Marina. However, with road closures expected to begin from 9 am, spectators are encouraged to arrive early.

For further details, also see:
Schedule for Abu Dhabi's F1 Festival
Abu Dhabi line-up taking shape
F1 Festival coming to Abu Dhabi