Abu Dhabi hosting 2009 F1 Grand Prix
The management of Formula 1, announced to a excited and large gathering of supporters and drivers, that Adu Dhabi will be included into the 2009 Formula One racing schedule. The chairman and CEO of the Formula 1 management, Bernie Ecclestone, said that he was pleased to have Abu Dhabi as part of the Formula 1 family, and went on to express his confidence in the new member of the racing schedule. Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates that offers a beautiful location surrounded by islands and spectacular beaches.
The crown price, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said that hosting this amazing race should increase recognition of Adu Dhabi across the world and have a positive influence on the economy.
The new Formula 1 circuit that is to be built for the big event will be constructed in the Yas Island. Yas Island is situated east of Abu Dabi, is a natural island and is 2 550 hectares in size. This location was chosen due to its close proximity to the newly constructed international airport. Respected and famous track designer and architect, Herman Tilke, will be responsible for the design while the building and properties will be overseen by ALDAR Property Development Company.
The development of Yas Island, apart from the circuit, will include a Ferrari Theme Park for visitors to enjoy, world-class hotels, a water park, golf course, lagoon hotels, polo clubs, marinas, permanents residence such as apartments and villas and a 300 000 square meter retail area with shops, banks, restaurants, fast food outlets and stores.
The Formula 1 Grand Prix Circuit is planned to be one of the most demanding and exciting circuits in the world. The track is estimated to be 309 kilometers in circuit length, which will break the race down to approximately 56 laps. The outlay of the circuit should have an estimated lap time of 1 minute and 38 seconds, with twenty corners of various difficulty and will allow speeds of between 200 to 320 kilometers an hour. Spectators will be able to view the race from strategically placed grandstands, and will allow both the drivers and supporters to enjoy the most exciting sport in the world.