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UAE gets chance to buy F1tickets before rest of the world

On 16th May, UAE residents will get the chance to buy tickets for November’s Formula 1TM Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - a day before they go on sale to the rest of the world.

Tickets will be available directly at displays in Abu Dhabi’s Marina Mall and the Dubai Mall from 4 pm on Sunday 16 May before they go on sale worldwide at 10:00 AM (UAE time) on Monday 17 May. The race will take place at Yas Marina Circuit on 14 November.

“The Formula One Etihad Airways 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was a wonderful celebration and widely regarded at home and abroad as a great success. Because of the resulting global interest in this year’s event it was important for us to make sure that the people of the UAE have a guaranteed opportunity to secure their tickets and be part of the celebrations in November. We would therefore encourage people to buy their tickets when they become available on May 16th and ensure that they are part of the 2010 festivities,” said HE Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Yas Marina Circuit.

The 2009 Formula 1TM Etihad Airways Grand Prix was named Event of the Year by the FIA, the ruling body of motorsport. The event was sold out and the race was viewed by a global TV audience of 600 million. With many rule changes and new teams featuring in this year’s Formula 1TM championship, fans are hoping to see the drivers’ title decided in Abu Dhabi.

The 2010 Formula 1TM Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will offer three ticket categories: Grandstand ticket: These tickets will be priced at AED 1,800 for two days and AED 2,000 for three days, with the same pricing for all seats. Starting on the UAE sale date of 16 May, there will be a 20% discount for a limited period, with tickets selling at AED1,440 and AED1,600 respectively.

Premium “Category 1” ticket: Available at AED4,250, or AED3,400 with the 20% limited-period discount, these three-day tickets offer the chance to enjoy balcony seating, air-conditioned lounges with food and beverage service, and VIP parking.

Paddock Club ticket: Starting from AED14,480, these prestigious one, two or three-day tickets enable race-goers to enjoy a full VIP experience.

“This year, all grandstand seats will be offered at the same price, which means that average ticket prices stay the same as last year,” said Richard Cregan, Chief Executive Officer of Yas Marina Circuit. “Many fans have their own views on the ideal spot from which to watch the race, but that’s the only choice they need to make. Our Initial indications are that tickets for this year’s event will sell out very quickly indeed, so my advice to Formula One fans is to buy early.”

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