Yas Marina Circuit was unveiled on 30 October 2009 with the final race of the Formula One™ World Championship – the inaugural Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – to a crowd of around 50,000.
After two years of intensive planning and construction, which involved 14,000 staff and 35 million construction manhours, the versatile facility opened its doors to a captivated public. The whole of UAE was eager to take in the beautiful landscaping, traditional Arabic culture and welcoming hospitality alongside sensational on-track action. Yas Marina Circuit would encourage the growth of sporting culture in the UAE and soon become the centre for motorsport excellence in the Middle East.
Though still in its formative years and continuously growing in its offerings, Yas Marina Circuit is considered one of the most technologically advanced circuits in the world. As a training ground and home for motorsports success in the Middle East, it is Yas Marina Circuit’s ambition to have a UAE national competing as a driver in F1™ within 10 years.