Ahlan!'s F1 2014 Weekend Guide

The concerts, parties and must-visit places during the 2014 F1 Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi
ByAriel Robinson Sunday , 02 November 2014
Ahlan!'s F1 2014 Weekend Guide
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F1 Fever has taken over!

The F1 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is set to welcome visitors with much more than the actual race action taking place on the Yas Marina Circuit. With outdoor activities, concerts and after parties scheduled over the F1 weekend, there are so many reasons to head down to the capital to enjoy the Yasalam celebrations. Not sure what is happening when and where? No worries, check out our complete weekend guide including all the deets you need!

Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix – The Race
The Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix is back to the capital for its sixth year. The race event, hosted at Yas Marina Circuit, has established itself as one of the most spectacular happenings on the Abu Dhabi social calendar and has grown to become one of the most exciting racing events in the world.

The F1 season started in Australia earlier on in March 2014 and has made its way around the globe, with its next stop scheduled to land in Abu Dhabi on 23 November.

The event's capacity has increased to host 60,000 guests - 5,000 more than in 2013, making it the biggest sporting event of the year, so don't miss out on a whole weekend of fun and excitement!
The weekend circuit action starts with the training on Friday, 21 November, on to the qualifying on Saturday, 22 November, culminating in the race on Sunday, 23 November.

INFO: Tickets start from Dhs995 for a three-day access (F1 ticket holders have access to the after race concerts) on 21, 22, 23 November, Yas Marina Circuit, www.yasmarinacircuit.com

After Race Concerts at the du Arena
The fun doesn't stop on the race tracks, as the F1 weekend is an all-encompassing entertainment extravaganza, and the official after race concerts are one of the most anticipated part of the entire happening.

Superstar DJ Armin Van Buuren will take the stage on 21 November. The Dutch DJ and music producer made it to the top on DJ Magazine's Top 100 DJs fan poll a record of five times in a row and with a massive fan base all over the world, Van Buuren is definitely going to please his local followers with his set of progressive trance tunes.

On 22 November, make sure to clap your hands when Pharrell Williams hits the stage with his happy vibes. The Lucky hitmaker has called some major hits his own and with some high-profile collaborations over the past years, Pharrell has broadened his former hip hop horizon extensively to become a music superstar.

The Who will perform on 23 November, ending the after 2014 race concerts with hits like We're Not Gonna Make It, as the evergreen act of this year's line up.

INFO: Entry available exclusively to F1 ticket holders, 21 Nov (DJ Armin Van Buuren), 22 Nov (Pharrell Williams), 23 Nov (The Who), du Arena, Yas Island

Beats on the Beach
If you're up to see more stars, or grabbing up race tickets was out of the budget, then hang out at this year's free of charge Beats on the Beach concerts, UAE's biggest free music festival, featuring an exciting local and international line up.

Thursday, 20 November, will set the tone for Beats on the Beach, featuring Filipino sensation Charice and rapper Juicy J on stage. Rapper Juicy J, who collaborated with Katy Perry on the hit single Dark Horse, has a history of delivering huge routines as part of the Three 6 Mafia crew and as a solo performer with tracks such as Shell Checked with Wiz Khalifa or Low with Nicki Minaj.
Arabic songstress Chada Hassoun and Moroccan hip-hop emerging artist, Two Tone, will also take the stage on Thursday night, to present the crowd with a diverse music mix.

INFO: 6pm – midnight, 20 Nov (Charice, Juicy J, Chada Hassoun, Two Tone), 21 Nov (Jason Derulo, Hard Kaur, Ruwaida Mahrooqi), 22 Nov (Rita Ora, Tinashe, Ragheb Alama, Sabine), Lagoon Beach, Abu Dhabi Corniche

F1 After Parties
With all the celebrities coming to town to enjoy the circuit action and the surrounding entertainment, Abu Dhabi plays host to some of the most sought-after parties over the F1 weekend. Make sure to dress up for these people, as they are seriously star-studded and sensational!

GP Yacht Parties
F1 is synonymous with the glitz and glamour of yachting and spending the weekend partying on one of those luxurious cruisers is the epitome of celebrating in style. If you’re willing to splurge, then these deals are made for you!

The GP Management Weekend Package includes access to the GP yacht on both Saturday, 22 and Sunday, 23 November, as well complimentary access to The Podium Lounge Abu Dhabi on Sunday night after the main race. Offering unbelievable trackside views of all of the racing action, GP guest passes allow visitors to access the whole of Yas Marina, a gourmet buffet lunch, and access to the yacht party hosted by F1 legend and BBC F1 Eddie Jordan.

The Weekend VIP Hospitality Package includes all the perks of the regular Weekend Package, as well as tickets to the after race concerts on Saturday and Sunday, featuring Pharrell Williams and The Who.  In addition, the package includes a guest pass to the prestige Podium Lounge post-race party on Sunday.

If you’re in for the full F1 VIP treatment, then treat yourself and a guest to the Weekend Accommodation package, which additionally offers a 2 night stay in a classic room at the five-star Park Rotana Hotel on Yas Island.

INFO: Basic Weekend Package Dhs13,800 per head, Weekend VIP Package Dhs15,000 per head, Weekend Accommodation Dhs17,700 per person (based on two people sharing), abudhabi.gp-management.com, 020 3773 8150

Podium Lounge
The Podium Lounge Abu Dhabi debuted in 2013 as a star-studded event series, playing host to the Red Bull racing team, including Sebastian Vettel, who was celebrating his fourth consecutive World Championship and Red Bull's One-Two Win at The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last year.

So this year's installment of the famous after race party set is sure to once again attract local and international A-listers alike, especially considering the amazing musical entertainment taking place at the 2014 Podium Lounge parties at the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi.

Podium Lounge parties will run across the four nights of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with Smokingroove and Patrick Oliver headlining on Thursday, the opening night of the party, Sister Bliss on Friday, and Grammy award winning duo Dirty Vegas, one of the most recognizable names in dance music, on Saturday.

Rudimental are no strangers to headlining as the British band has performed live at Outsidelands in San Francisco, at the Future Music Festival in Australia, Glastonbury and Sandance Dubai, as well as their sell-out UK & US Tour in 2014. Rudimental, with multiple Platinum Award winning Brits will celebrate the finale of the Formula 1 2014 Season at the Yas Viceroy Podium Lounge party on Sunday, 23 November.

Resident Podium Lounge DJs Miles Slater and Patrick Oliver will also be on the decks throughout the whole weekend alongside celebrity DJ's and live vocal performers so there'll be music non-stop, around the clock.

INFO: General Admission passes from Dhs350 on Thu, 20 Nov to Dhs850 on Sun, 23 Nov, VIP Tables from Dhs6,000 AED for 4 to a whopping Dhs49,000 for a VVIP Table for 20 people (including a meet & greet with the celebrities and performers in attendance on Race Night, so serious fans – this one is for you!), www.podiumlounge.com/ae/tickets, vip@podiumlounge.com, 055 309 5495

Amber Lounge
Amber Lounge parties have become synonymous with the adrenaline-pumping action of the Grand Prix, having built a reputation as the preferred place for the hottest celebrities and F1 drivers to party and for the most exciting live acts to perform over the Formula One weekend.

Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Estelle will perform as this year's official Amber Lounge Abu Dhabi headlining live act. The American Boy star will take the stage at one of the hottest celebrity and F1 driver party hangouts.

As one of the most glamorous parties scheduled for the F1 weekend, Amber Lounge events are somewhat exclusive and the doors are very strict, so we recommend to book in advance.

INFO: Amber Lounge, 22 & 23 November, 11:00pm until 6:00am, Yas Marina, Building 1, Level 2, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, +377 97 77 16 34, abudhabi@amber-lounge.com

Iris Yas Island Sundown
The F1 weekend at Iris will kick off with the eclectic sounds of renowned international House duo Audiofly. The talented turntable tag team has headlined some of the world’s most prestigious nightspots such as Fabric, Warung, and Amnesia, so you can bet that they won’t disappoint!

INFO: Thursday, 20 November, 6pm – 3am, Iris Yas Island

Mash Machine at Iris
Join Mash Machine, Blue Marlin Ibiza’s resident band on Friday as they perform live throughout the night at Iris, Yas Island.

INFO: Friday, 21 November, 11pm – 6am, Iris Yas Island

White Dubai
White Dubai is coming to Iris Yas Island to celebrate the F1 extravaganza. Promising to be one of the go-to party events of the race week, White Dubai’s experience will be a grand clubbing night that will attract a crowd of party goers and race enthusiasts.

With thumping lively music courtesy of White Dubai’s resident DJs DVN, maDJam and DJAD, booming floodlights, various live acts and an energetic vibe, the White Dubai experience will turn Iris Yas Island into an upbeat dance floor.

INFO: Sat 22 November, Iris Yas Island

Iris After Party
End the perfect F1 weekend with Iris Yas Island’s After Party featuring a multitude of live performances and DJs including MaDJam, DJAD and Charbel Habib. Iris Yas Island’s After Party will definitely steer everyone’s evening escapades in the right direction.

INFO: 055 160 5636, reservations@irisabudhabi.com

People by The Sea
People by Crystal Abu Dhabi is all set to add to the extravagance of the Formula One Grand Prix this year by bringing a massive three-day long party to the Yas Beach. International DJ sensations such as Danny Howells, Audio Jack, Timo Maas and more will take over the decks from day to night, alongside The Crytsal Group's resident DJ crew. Set to be housed at the only private beach on the Yas Island, People by The Sea will bring its one of a kind experience and vibes to the residents and tourists alike during the Grand Prix.  

INFO: 21,22 & 23 November, doors open at 10 am, entry fee of Dhs100 per person, table packages from Dhs10,000, 050 826 9698

VIP Room Pop-Up Club
VIP Room, one of Dubai’s most high-profile hotspots will host a pop-up nightclub at this weekend’s 2014 F1 race at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi. U.S. hip hop recording artist, Future, will take the stage at the club on Friday, 21 November, followed by French Montana, who recently made an appearance at VIP Room Dubai, will join in the celebrations on Saturday, 22 November, with both artists bringing their distinct sound to celebrate this notorious weekend.

VIP Room’s Founder Jean-Roch and none other than internationally renowned socialite and reality TV star, Kim Kardashian will throw a massive closing bash on 23 November, an event that promises to be a star-studded affair. 

INFO: 21,22&23 November, Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi, 052 881 8888, bookings@viproom-dubai.comwww.viproomdubai.com

O1NE Yas Island
O1NE Yas Island, the funky nightlife hotspot on Yas Island featuring a massive graffiti wall on the outside and a 360-degree 3D projection mapping on the inside has an exciting line up of acts scheduled to perform at the F1 weekend. Chart-topper Jason Derulo will take the stage on 20 November, Armin Van Buuren will then take over the decks on 21 November, T-Pain is in the house on Saturday, 22 November and to finish off the weekend in style with celebrated house DJ Solomun.

INFO: 20,21,22 & 23 November, Yas Island, 052 7888 111, info@sky-management.net

Daytime Activities

Opening Parade

During the day when you're not fist-pumping to great music, there are loads of activities happening beyond the race tracks, so you are guaranteed to find something to do. The opening parade will take place on the 13 November, from the Abu Dhabi Corniche East Plaza, all the way to the West Plaza. The iconic Yasalam parade is a great event to see with your friends and family, as you witness the excitement of the festival weekend build up and enjoy the music. Cheer on local school floats, children, marching band and breathtaking performers in this huge choreographed parade along the boardwalk.

INFO: 13 November, East Plaza to West Plaza, the boardwalk at Abu Dhabi Corniche, 4pm

Urban Art Zone

For those creative people out there, this one is for you! Check out the urban art zone with community workshops and live art stations. Watch art happen right in front of your eyes as old shopping containers are transformed and meet talented professionals who will teach you new techniques to help you create!

INFO: 13 – 23 November, Thursday - Friday from 4pm to midnight, Saturday to Wednesday from 5pm - 11pm, West Plaza, Abu Dhabi Corniche

Get Driver Fit Challenge

This special challenge presented by Daman's Activelife will take place city-wide for people and teams of all ages to take the challenge to become as fit as a race driver! The program will reach its grand finale at the Abu Dhabi Corniche over three exhilarating days of competition for the 'Get Driver Fit' teams, as well as for companies and service teams alike. Take part in rope-crawling, wall-climbing, spear-throwing and loads more. Those who don't want to tire themselves out climbing a wall, can check out the health and fitness zone where there'll be healthy snacks and advice on sport, good health, exercise and nutrition.

INFO: 13 – 15 November, Thursday to Saturday 5pm - 11pm, Lagoon Beach, Abu Dhabi Corniche, 4pm – 11pm

Pit Stop Plaza

The Yas Plaza will be transformed to celebrate the F1 Grand Prix in style. Visitors can take a look at the grand exhibition of images from the past six years of Yasalam celebrations and follow the Walk of Fame to see pictures of the best talent that has performed on Yas Island. Take part in the many activities on offer like calligraphy, henna tattoos, traditional food-tasting, falconry and fashion, plus lots more.

INFO: 20 Nov (12pm – 6pm), 21 and 22 Nov (1pm – 7pm), 23 Nov (12pm – 6pm), Yas Plaza, Yas Island






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