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The first ever Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix tickets to go on sale Monday March 30th

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The first ever Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix tickets to go on sale Monday March 30th. Nation-wide and international campaign unveiled that asks “where will you be on November 1?”

26th March 2009 - Abu Dhabi: The organisers of the United Arab Emirate’s first Formula One race, the 2009 Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, announced today that tickets for the much anticipated event will go on sale nationally and globally from 10.00AM on Monday 30 March.

The announcement was marked by the unveiling of a national and international marketing campaign that asks the question “where will you be on November 1?” - the race day of the three day F1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix event. The Grand Prix will take place at the spectacular new Yas Marina Circuit over three days from 30 October – 1 November 2009. It will be the final race of the 2009 Formula One season and potentially the World Championship decider.

The announcement was made by His Excellency Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management (ADMM) the organisers of the Grand Prix. He was joined for the unveiling of the ticket marketing campaign by His Excellency Ahmed Al Sayegh, Chairman of Aldar Properties, the developers of the Yas Marina Circuit; His Excellency Mohammed Ben Sulayem, Vice President of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and President of the Automobile and Touring Club of the United Arab Emirates (ATCUAE) and Peter Baumgartner, Vice President of Marketing of Etihad Airways, the Title Sponsors of the Grand Prix.

Speaking at the event, His Excellency Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak said: “This is a significant milestone on the path to our inaugural Grand Prix. We are in the home straight of what will ultimately be a three year journey. We are therefore very much looking forward to welcoming the Formula One family, international race fans and most importantly the UAE public to the event - and indeed to the very special Yas Marina Circuit.”

He added: “I think that people can be very proud that the UAE will not only welcome Formula One but that we will do so in a way that sets a new global benchmark for motor sport.”

It was announced that there are two types of ticket available for purchase:Grandstand ticketsand the corporate hospitality orientated “Paddock Club”. ADMM revealed that it expects a heavy early demand for the limited seats available after receiving thousands of inquiries locally and internationally. People who wish to attend are advised to book early. A 20% discount is available for Grandstand bookings made in the first few weeks that the tickets go on sale. Grandstand and seating options can be viewed and purchased on-line at www.yasmarinacircuit.com, or at display exhibitions located at Etihad Holiday outlets, Abu Dhabi’s Marina Mall, and Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates. Tickets can also be purchased through a dedicated call centre by dialling 800 F1 (800 31). (For full details, please see the Notes to Editors section).

Yas Marina Circuit, located on Yas Island, is one of the most sophisticated and technically advanced tracks in the world. It offers a stunning backdrop to the on-track action. The circuit features the only hotel in the world to have a F1 track running through it: re-entry to the track from the pit lane via a tunnel; an innovative run-off area which channels drivers who over-shoot the racing line under the grandstand itself; and an exclusive Marina adjoined to the compound.

Innovative circuit design will also offer most grandstand spectators at least 30% views of the track, a feature unrivalled in Formula One, and all seating will be covered - again a feature unique to the Yas Marina Circuit. Further coverage of the race action will be provided by giant screens around the track, ensuring viewers miss none of the spell-binding twists and turns.

The F1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is a three day event, with the Formula One cars and the supporting race categories on track each day. To provide maximum choice to spectators and to help ensure the great atmosphere that only full grandstands can provide, ADMM is offering three-day tickets (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and two-day tickets (Saturday,
Sunday).

These tickets are transferable between different people on different days, meaning that friends and families can share the experience with each other while also sharing the cost. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren Mercedes Driver and Current FIA Formula 1™ World Champion said of the track: “I love going to new circuits – and the new track in Abu Dhabi looks like becoming one of the very best on the Formula 1 calendar. I’ve only looked at images of Yas Marina Circuit so far, but what’s really impressed me is the variety of the track. It has a bit of everything – fast corners and long straights, tight and twisting corners and even a marina. It’s the kind of challenge we drivers love and I can’t wait to get out there and try out the track for real. As the final race of the 2009 season, we couldn’t have asked for a better venue for the conclusion to our year.”

Notes to Editors

Ticket Purchasing Locations:

Tickets can be purchased in a number of ways:
Online: www.yasmarinacircuit.com
Phone: via a call centre, 800 F1 (800 31).
Outlets: Abu Dhabi Marina Mall, Mall of the Emirates Etihad Holidays Offices: Abu Dhabi - Khalidiya Mall, Al Wahda Mall, Marina Mall Al Ain - Bawadi Mall Dubai – Marina Mall

Grandstand tickets:

Grandstand tickets range from 2,500 dirhams to 1,600 dirhams for 3 day ticket at full price with a 20 percent discount available until May 30.

There is a choice of Grandstand seating:

Main Grandstand
The Main Grandstand is the first choice for many F1 fans around the world. Situated on the Main Straight, the Main Grandstand looks across to the Pit Building (which houses the Paddock Club, team garages and Pit Lane. Patrons here can not only watch the action in the garages and during pit stops but also witness the start and finish of the race first hand.

North Grandstand

This fabulous U-shaped stand will create an arena feel around the tightest hairpin on the circuit. The cars approach through a chicane which will provide the drivers with an opportunity to overtake. Once through the hairpin patrons here can witness one of the most thrilling sights in world sport – Formula 1 cars accelerating along the long straight up to speeds in excess of 300km per hour.

South Grandstand

This will be one of the best views in Formula 1 anywhere in the world. Patrons will see the cars power down from into a series of complicated turns around the Marina. This dramatic action will take place against the backdrop of the incredible Yas Hotel, the Marina itself full of yachts and the Yacht Club.

Support Pit Building Grandstand

Patrons here will enjoy similar views of the hotel and marina with great track viewing and the chance to watch the other racing categories working out of the team garages below

West Grandstand Patrons in this grandstand will have a spectacular view as the cars speed toward them down the circuit’s longest straight at more than 300km/h. This grandstand also has a unique run off area that disappears under the grandstand- another world first feature of the circuit

Paddock Club Tickets: Further details on Paddock packages are available from ADMM on 00971 24100 849

Event Programme:

Friday: F1 cars have two sessions, each lasting an hour and half.

Other championship races will also have their practice sessions during Friday.

Saturday: The F1 cars have a one hour practice session followed by qualifying.

Qualifications will also be held for other car championships competitions, in addition to various support races.

Sunday: Support races and final car championship races will run first after which the F1 cars will have a short warm up session. On track display and entertainment follows, after which the race start procedure gets under way. The F1 race will run for approximately 2 hours

For more information please contact:
Liz Brooks, International Media Manager, Yas Marina Circuit Tel: +971 (0) 2 4100 824 Mobile: +971 (0) 50 584 0950 Email: [email protected]
Haifa Al Shekaili, Press Officer, Yas Marina Circuit Tel: +971 2 4100 839 Mobile: +971 (0) 50 220 3557 Email: [email protected]

Images: To download high resolution images of Yas Marina Circuit and related activities please visit the media centre at: www.yasmarinacircuit.com.

About Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management (ADMM)

Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management (ADMM) is a joint venture between the Government of Abu Dhabi and ALDAR Properties PJSC, the leading developer in the Emirate. ADMM drives the overall vision of the project and is responsible for the creative oversight, communication and management of Yas Marina Circuit. ADMM is responsible for driving pride and ownership for the project within the region achieving significant Emirati patronage of events at the Circuit.

ADMM will manage Yas Marina Circuit’s racing properties as well as all other facilities on the Circuit grounds, including the drag strip, and karting. ADMM’s management team, consisting of leading industry professionals, is committed to delivering a world-class and state-of-the-art motorsport venue.

About ALDAR Properties PJSC

ALDAR Properties PJSC is undertaking multi-billion Dirham civic projects to help develop Abu Dhabi, the capital emirate of the United Arab Emirates, into an international business magnet and tourist destination. As the Emirate’s premier real estate development, management and investment company, ALDAR’ is creating unique and prestigious developments that can be used as a benchmark of quality, whilst adhering to the cultural and natural heritage of the city.

Since launching in 2005, the company has announced assignments worth more than $72 billion USD, in a property development portfolio diverse in scope and style, attracting considerable worldwide interest and inward investment.
The current property portfolio includes the Al Raha Beach development “the Ultimate Waterfront City”, Yas Island, the Central Market, and a host of major developments and re-developments within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

ALDAR are the development company in charge of building the Yas Marina Circuit which forms an integral part of the larger Yas Island development. The Yas Island project covers an area of 25km² and is set to become a cornerstone of Abu Dhabi’s fast growing tourism industry. In addition to the racing circuit, the development will include Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, a Warner Bros. Theme Park, five-star and boutique hotels, a water park, 356000 square meters of retail space, golf courses, marinas, restaurants, various entertainment facilities and luxurious residential property.

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