If you thought all the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix fun was contained to Yas Island, you’d be wrong. The whole city will be hit by race fever as the Yasalam festival brings ten days of full-throttle action in the lead-up to the big race.
Live Across the City will see lots of live music, events, activities and shows roar into town ahead of the sporting spectacle, which celebrates its tenth anniversary on November 25.
Highlights will include a city-wide car parade, a motorsport-themed festival at A’l Bahar and a new supercar taxi scheme which gives guests the chance to cruise around the capital in luxury
The festivities are being organised in a joint effort by FLASH Entertainment and the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi.
And that’s only the start of the festivities, with a packed schedule of entertainment planned for the Yasalam Pit Stop event at A’l Bahar running every day from November 16 to 25.
The Corniche venue will feature an activation village with local bands and DJs daily, as well as the finale of the Emerging Talent Competition on November 22 when the top four budding music talents in the GCC take to the stage. They are Ghaliaa, a 20-year-old Syrian singer/songwriter, FAFA, a 23-year-old Emirati-Honduran singer, Jay Abo, singer/songwriter and accomplished musician and Molham, a Saudi Arabian rapper. The winner of the contest will then play at Yas Marina Circuit’s Race Village on Sunday, November 25.
Back at A’l Bahar, there will be 28 live acts thrilling crowds across the ten days, with the party going from 4pm to 11pm each day. They include the likes of King Daff, Flipperachi and DJ Outlaw on November 17, Sons of Yusuf on November 23 and Vandalye on November 25.
For the motorsport fans, the Pit Stop will also host an impressive display of unique cars to admire.
There’ll be a mix of more than 60 supercars, customised and classic vehicles on display at the Nation Towers parking area, provided by Street Meet Abu Dhabi.
And a number of F1 cars will be used as canvases to display mesmerising Year of Zayed artwork. Visitors can race with their friends at the Race Room, or have a go at painting their own model Formula One cars. While the competitive people out there can race around an F1 replica track on remote-controlled cars.
During the race weekend itself, from November 22 to 25, fans can get the A-list experience with a fleet of 15 Supercar Taxis touring the city, including luxury motors such as Lamborghini, Maserati, Corvette, Bentley, Rolls Royce and Mercedes models from 12pm to 8pm daily.
Ride-hailing app Careem will surprise customers with free-of-charge branded cars to transport guests, with discounts and promotions also available to other users. A number of super cars will take passengers on short tours of the city to give tourists and residents an early taste of the Formula One thrills. They’ll take in capital landmarks such as the Louvre on Saadiyat Island, Emirates Palace and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
Live Across The City will make sure the whole of Abu Dhabi can get into the F1 weekend spirit, as well as those with tickets to the big race. It promises to be an action-packed warm-up to get the capital ready for Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and co. rolling into town, and that’s without even mentioning the Yasalam post-race concerts, which will bring music stars Guns N’ Roses, Sam Smith, The Weeknd and Post Malone to the capital as they perform at du Arena from November 22 to 25.
November 16-25. Various venues, including A’l Bahar, Abu Dhabi Corniche.Download the schedule
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