NEW TICKET CATEGORIES ANNOUNCED AS 2013 FORMULA 1™ ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX TICKETS GO ON SALE TODAY
THOUSANDS MORE SET TO ENJOY 5TH ANNIVERSARY RACE WEEKEND 20% EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT AVAILABLE UNTIL 31 MAY
Abu Dhabi, UAE. Sunday 24th March, 2013: Yas Marina Circuit today announced that tickets to the 2013 Formula 1Ô Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix are on sale. Available now, this year’s ticket options include a greater range of on and off-track entertainment choices that are set to solidify Abu Dhabi’s reputation as the most exciting and entertaining stop on the international F1™ calendar.
Photo Caption: Key officials join together to launch the 2013 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. From left: Etihad ambassadors; Mike Fairburn, FLASH Entertainment; Sultan Al Dhaheri, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority; Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways; Richard Cregan, Yas Marina Circuit; Al Tareq Al Ameri, Yas Marina Circuit.
In addition to the motorsport, music and entertainment that the Abu Dhabi weekend has become known for, this year fans will be able to choose from an expanded entertainment programme and a greater number of ticket categories that start at just 365 AED (US $100) per person. Also, in response to growing demand, Yas Marina Circuit is increasing capacity for the 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix through the introduction of more ticket categories, including an Abu Dhabi Hill General Admission ticket that will allow for more fans to enjoy what historically has been a sell-out event. As an added bonus, fans will be able to take advantage of a 20 percent early bird discount on select tickets from now until 31 May.
“The Formula 1Ô Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has truly established itself as an F1Ô for everyone,” said Richard Cregan, Chief Executive Officer, Yas Marina Circuit. “Our all-inclusive race week offer has been unrivalled so far. This year, as we prepare for the fifth anniversary of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, we are taking it a step further and extending the fun and fanfare of the weekend to more local and international fans than ever before with unique new ticketing options.”
Among the new ticket categories are family ticket packages, a Friday Brunch Ticket, a General Admission ticket as well as more exclusive options including the Yas Trackside Terrace and the Yas Marina Tower. Visitors and residents will also have the option of purchasing a Yas Pass, which will extend the fun of the F1Ô weekend to include access to neighbouring Yas Waterworld and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.
In addition to new ticketing options for all fans, Yas Marina Circuit has again partnered with Etihad Airways, the award-winning national airline of the UAE, to offer a range of all-inclusive flight, hotel and race weekend packages for regional and international fans. Available from key destinations in the airline’s growing international network, the packages offer visitors to Abu Dhabi an action-packed race weekend complemented by a variety of activities and accommodation options that showcase the very best of Abu Dhabi.
“The Formula 1Ô Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has become the cornerstone of Abu Dhabi’s growing calendar of world-class events,” said Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer. “As title sponsor of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix we are extremely proud to have contributed to the success of the past four years, and we look forward to welcoming an even greater number of visitors to Abu Dhabi to experience what will be an unforgettable fifth anniversary race weekend.”
As a key event on the international motorsport calendar, the Formula 1Ô Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has attracted fans from across the globe. In 2012, Yas Marina Circuit hosted an unprecedented number of international fans with 35 percent of attendees visiting from outside the UAE. In line with Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority’s (TCA Abu Dhabi) overall 2013 target, Yas Marina Circuit is aiming to increase international visitors for the 2013 Grand Prix to 42 percent.
"Abu Dhabi Grand Prix's international appeal has evolved alongside the emirate's ever-maturing portfolio of world-class leisure and cultural attractions; last year's worldwide nine-month promotion campaign yielded our highest overseas visitor attendance to date," said Sultan Al Dhaheri, Director of Tourism Eco-Systems at TCA Abu Dhabi. "On-the-back of exciting new ticket options and several major new resort and attraction openings across Abu Dhabi, we anticipate even greater interest from seasoned motorsport fans and regional and international leisure travellers."
Support races confirmed for the race weekend include the GP2 and GP3 Series, as well as the Porsche Supercup. In addition to the thrilling motorsport action on-track, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ticket holders will again enjoy exclusive access to an inclusive and interactive entertainment programme in the Oasis areas behind the Grandstands at Yas Marina Circuit.
Also exclusive to ticket holders are the Yasalam After-Race concerts, part of the annual Yasalam festival created by FLASH Entertainment and launched in 2009. Held at the Yas Arena each year, the Yasalam After-Race Concerts see tens of thousands of race ticket holders enjoy exclusive live performances from some of the world’s biggest names in music. Previous stars have included Beyoncé, Kings of Leon, Aerosmith, Britney Spears, Prince, Kylie Minogue, Eminem and Sir Paul McCartney. The Yasalam festival runs for a month before the race weekend, and also sees free concerts, film nights and community events take place across Abu Dhabi.
Speaking on the day of the announcement, a spokesperson for FLASH Entertainment commented, “It is an historic year for Abu Dhabi as the city celebrates the 5th anniversary of the Grand Prix. We’re gearing up for an action-packed month of citywide Yasalam entertainment for residents and visitors, sprinkled with a few surprises along the way. Watch this space”
“Thanks to the work of our partners, Etihad Airways, TCA Abu Dhabi, FLASH Entertainment, and the on-going support of the Abu Dhabi community, the spirit of the F1 for everyone will continue for a 5th year,” added Cregan. “It’s truly exciting.”
About Yas Marina Circuit:
Yas Marina Circuit is the United Arab Emirates’ most exciting sporting and entertainment venue. Located on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, the circuit is the home of the annual Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. With motorsport as its pulse and an extensive year-round programme of professional and grassroots motorsport events and experiences like Drag and Track Nights, the circuit has also emerged as a thriving hub of entertainment and community events in the UAE. As the region’s most dynamic and technologically advanced facility, the circuit is also a leading MICE venue, regularly hosting a diverse range of corporate meetings, conferences and events. Whether you want to experience the thrill of karting, driving an Aston Martin GT4 over 200km/hour on an F1 circuit, work towards your racing license at the Yas Racing School, get fit at Train Yas, or simply catch up with friends over burgers and shakes at Yas Central, there's something for everyone at Yas Marina Circuit.