I'm just back from there. Thursday to Tuesday and I must say everything about it was absolutely brilliant. I've never really fancied visiting any of the Arab countries, just never appealed, however we decided we'd go and see a Grand Prix this year, (last went to Silverstone about ten years ago - I won't bother with a comparison
) We kicked a few ideas around, Monza, Singapore, but in the end decided on Abu Dhabi. I was hoping the championship would be fought out at the last race.
The circuit looks amazing and the organisation and arrangements are outstanding. Electronic tag tickets let you into your own grandstand area which is separated into blocks, and into the general admission areas too. Each grandstand has it's own "Oasis which has a bar, food stalls and various entertainments. Your tag also gets you into Ferrari world which is a short walk away and the Du arena, an even shorter walk away. Hop on hop off buses can take you around the circuit and out to the Yas Mall which again is really only a short walk away. It's bloody perfect. We went and watched F1 free practice and one of the GP3 qualifiers on day one then went off to Ferrari world before coming back for Fi second practice.
Some top DJ was on that night so we gave that a miss and went back to the hotel and had room service since we din't know where anywhere was. Day two was much the same. Practice GP2 race Ferrari World, Yas Mall, practice, hotel and room service - room service food was reasonably priced and really good too, plus we had three litres of red to get through in our room
Saturday F1 Quali was brilliant. We were in the North Stand where the hairpin is and Lewis was flying. You could tell his car as they came across the back of the circuit as he was noticeably faster than anyone else approaching this complex. You are so close to the cars too it is just fab
think we did end up in Ferrari World again and we found somewhere to eat in the Mall before going to the Saturday night concert Mumford and Sons. They were a bit rubbish really. A DJ was on first and he was quite good. He went off at half eight and it was getting on for half nine before Mumford and sons too to the stage. Bear in mind they weren't playing to Mumford fans but an international crowd who were there for the racing. So they came on an hour late and started with some boring poem set to music as an intro. It was more fun standing round waiting for them. Once they got rocking after a few numbers they weren't too bad but I think they'd lost the audience by then.
Sunday.....yey dead exiting. Hotel breakfast and a coach transfer to the circuit. I couldn't wait. The race may have looked a snooze fest on telly but it was brilliant to be there. It was over in no time. We were right opposite where Ricciardo retired and Saints came off. You have a great view of the cars as they come through a chicane quite quickly then really slow around the hairpin before accelerating down the straight. I'm sure Lewis could have took Bottas out of that hair pin but I suppose they have the same speed so it was not to be.
Sunday night s concert was Pink and she kicked ass from the off. Kicked off with "I'm coming on so you better get this party started" finishing that first number in a burst of fireworks. She just got better and better throughout her act with fantastic lighting , dancers , effects, giant projections and a walkway out int o the audience (I hope Mumford and his sons were watching) Brilliant end to the weekend. I almost forgot, on Saturday and Sunday the Air Force put on a display and like everything else it was mind blowing. On Sunday the fighters were headed up by a Etihad passenger jet. They certainly know how to put on a show. I'm now big fan of Abu Dhabi
If you've ever thought about going do it