From tomorrow until November 27th, Abu Dhabi will host the final race of the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship at Yas Marina Circuit. If you’re planning on making your way to the capital for a weekend of fun, Savoir Flair is here to show you how to hit the city in style, from where to sleep to where to dance, dine, and more.
Where to Sleep
Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
This hotel is located a stone’s throw away from the Yas Marina Circuit. If you’re lucky enough to get a spot here, you’re guaranteed front-row seats to the best of F1 as it is ideally perched directly over the race track.
(+971) 2 656 0000
The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
Head to this beachfront resort for a posh F1 experience. Here, you’ll find an array of dining options, including Olea, which serves a fresh selection of Mediterranean cuisine. There’s also a spa and private beach access – perfect for unwinding when you’re not watching the race.
(+971) 2 498 8888
Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara
The upside of this swanky, Arabian-style property is that it faces the peaceful National Mangrove Park, so a good night’s sleep is practically guaranteed. The downside? It’s about a 20-minute ride to Yas Island. It’s the perfect stay for those who like their speed racing with a side of nature.
Eastern Mangroves District
(+971) 2 656 1000
The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi
With architecture inspired by the urban planning of Venice, a stay at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi is more akin to visiting a small city than a hotel. There are ten restaurants on the property for you to fuel up at, as well as a massive 1,600-square-meter pool to enjoy.
Al Maqta Area
(+971) 2 818 8888
Where to Eat
This Italian fine-dining restaurant is already beloved by the Dubai set. It recently opened an outpost in The Galleria mall on Abu Dhabi’s Al Maryah Island and will be serving up a special Grand Prix menu; from 7 p.m. onwards, diners can enjoy a special à la carte or set menu followed by a party with a live DJ. The minimum spend starts at AED 450/SAR 459 per person.
The Galleria, Al Maryah Island
(+971) 2 627 9009
Cipriani Yas Island
This iconic restaurant offers a beautiful outdoor terrace, where you’ll have prime views of the Yas racecourse. Inside, the stylish interiors feature soft-leather chairs and panelled wood flooring. Enjoy a menu that serves an array of Cipriani classics, including baked tagliolini, carpaccio, and the decadent torta di cioccolato.
(+971) 2 657 5400
Iris Yas Island
Located next door to Cipriani is Iris, another chic eatery with a great, laid-back outdoor terrace and tunes to match. Stop by for a beverage and the restaurant’s impressive selection of fresh hand-rolled sushi, including the ‘Iris Special’ that features an assortment of shrimp, crab, salmon, hamashi, tuna, and avocado.
+971 55 160 5636
Where to Dance
This F1 weekend, there is no shortage of entertainment options, including Pitbull on November 24th, The Chemical Brothers on November 25th, Lionel Richie on November 26th, and Rihanna on November 27th. Also worth checking out is the Amber Lounge (headlined by British singer-songwriter Jay Sean) and pop-up nightclub VIP Room, which will host performances by R&B legend Drake as well as live DJ sets by Luciano and Paris Hilton.
How to Get There
Back for a second year is the UberChopper service, which will offer flights on Saturday, November 26th at 1:45 p.m. and on Sunday, November 27th at 9:50 a.m.