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Guide to F1 in Abu Dhabi

Get up to speed for a turbo-charged weekend as the final F1™ Grand Prix of 2023 takes place 24 November – 26 November at Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi.

Now in its fifteenth year, the Formula One™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is a season finale to remember under the Yas Island lights. This season-ending showdown is a festive affair, with celebrities, musicians, and sports personalities all flocking to Abu Dhabi to take in the vibrant atmosphere.

If you’re not rubbing shoulders with rich and famous, but want to experience the thrill of the race on a tighter budget, we’ve got the best tips to bag a bargain stay at hotels in Abu Dhabi to making the most of off-track events. 

Getting In

You’ll need to purchase a ticket to get near the track. Depending on where you want to sit, tickets prices vary including 1-day, 2-days and full weekend passes plus hospitality options. Be quick, tickets sell out fast for the hottest sporting event on the Abu Dhabi calendar.

Got kids? They’re in for a treat! 4 children under 12 can go free to Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, on Friday 24 November. Kids Go Free Friday is applicable to 3-day (Fri-Sun) and Friday ticket holders. Once registered, kids can also get free access to Ferrari World, Yas Waterworld, Warner Brothers World and Seaworld on Friday too.

WATCH: Premier Inn were in the driving seat as they supported local school children in the Formula Ethara competition.

After-Race Concerts

Your ticket also gets you in to the Yasalam After-Race Concerts. That’s up to four international superstar performances over one weekend! This year, you can catch Ava Max, Tiesto and the Foo Fighters on Yas Island.

And to top it off, every ticket includes a 1-year My Yas Membership with exciting discounts to save money and use all year round on Yas Marina experiences.


Pictured: Marcos Ortiz, Noah Kemble and James Emslie winners of the Rookie Championships in the 2023 Formula Ethara competition

The Venue

Situated on Yas Island and designed by famed circuit architect Hermann Tilke, the Yas Marina Circuit is a 5.5-km track that guarantees close competitive racing. Its scenic waterfront setting and diverse elements rival other lauded racetracks like Monaco and Singapore.

In 2021, Yas Marina Circuit introduced new moves on the circuit, with track modifications spicing up the weekend’s racing, with more side-by-side battles for the best position.

Around the racing, there’s family-friendly Oasis areas to retreat from the heat of the racing, or pop in to the F1 Fanzone where you can put yourself in the shoes of an F1 driver!

Getting around

Yas Island is well served by numerous modes of transport. Ride-sharing programs like Uber and Careem also make your commute to and from Yas Island easy and affordable.

Taxis throughout Abu Dhabi are plentiful and reasonably priced. A taxi ride from Premier Inn Abu Dhabi International Airport hotel to Yas Island will take approximately 10 minutes. From the city centre, expect a 25-minute journey. You can book a taxi service through the Abu Dhabi Taxi app or by phone through the TransAD hotline 600 535353.

There is free general car parking available at Yas Mall, or check your ticket for parking passes.

There’s also a free shuttle service to get you around Yas Island itself, getting you to where you need to be.

Where to stay

There are many options of hotels near Yas Island that get you as close to the action as possible. But if it’s a budget hotel in Abu Dhabi you need, look no further than Premier Inn hotels in Abu Dhabi.

Just 10 minutes from Yas Island, you can rest easy at Premier Inn Abu Dhabi International Airport – very convenient if you’re arriving to the event by air. Set yourself up for a day trackside by tucking in to our legendary all you can eat breakfast at Nuevo restaurant, and chill out with post-race drinks at Lounge One in the evening.

If you want to explore more of Abu Dhabi, Premier Inn Abu Dhabi Capital Centre is great to base yourself for the weekend. As well as being within easy reach of Yas Island, top attractions like Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Zayed Sports City and Abu Dhabi Mangroves are within minutes of the budget hotel in Abu Dhabi.  

Both our hotels near the Formula 1 Grand Prix have swimming pools and gyms, great for taking a break from the adrenaline of the track. There’s free parking – great if you’re arriving from nearby Emirates and free WiFi - so you can upload all your race day photos and videos without racking up a huge data bill!

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