Yas Marina Circuit unveiled by Abu Dhabi 15 Oct 2008
Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management (ADMM) have unveiled the Yas Marina Circuit, host to next years inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, in a unique art exhibition at the Emirates Palace. The exhibition features a selection of images of the new tracks facilities that have been transformed into pieces of art.
Highlights include the stunning Yas Marina Hotel with the track running right through it, the Sun Tower 60 metres above the track allowing VIP guests the perfect view of the action and the Marina with a yacht club.
Commenting on the launch, Philippe Gurdjian, ADMM CEO, said: Yas Marina Circuit took over my life more than a year ago, and now Im very proud that Abu Dhabi can present one of the most sophisticated Formula One race tracks in the world. A hotel which spans the track, a marina with a beautiful yacht club, and with grandstands which are 100 percent completely covered - this has never been seen before.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, was among the VIP guests and regional and international media who attended the opening.
They were able to review the centrepiece of the display, an interactive scale model of the track. In addition to showing the Formula One track and its landmark elements, the model also showcases Yas Marina Circuits many other facilities such as a karting track, dragstrip, business park, team buildings and all the circuits innovative grandstands.
Yas Marina Circuit represents a significant investment in leading edge sporting infrastructure, said His Excellency Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of ADMM. It is a state-of-the-art piece of engineering, design and construction. The circuit and its surrounding footprint join an expanding collection of home-grown initiatives that will positively change the shape of Abu Dhabi in the months and years ahead. It has therefore been conceived, designed, and is currently being built according to the particular needs and features of the city in which it will belong.
The exhibition continues until the end of November. The first Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will serve as next years season finale on November 15, 2009.