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UK electronic duo The Chemical Brothers take the Friday night slot with more artists still to be announced

Yas Island provides details of free access to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld for F1® Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ticket holders

Buy your 2016 #ABUDHABIGP tickets now and take advantage of the 30 per cent discount before Tuesday, May 31st

Yas Marina Circuit and FLASH Entertainment yesterday jointly revealed part of the international headline artists for this year’s Yasalam After-Race Concerts, at the du Arena, Yas Island, at the 2016 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX.

The announcement was made at an exclusive media preview which was held at Virgin Megastore, Mall of the Emirates in Dubai.

Only those who have purchased an F1® ticket will be eligible to enjoy the Yasalam After-Race Concerts.

Performing in Abu Dhabi, on Sunday 27th November, as the only Middle East date on her ‘ANTI WORLD TOUR’, the icon of music, fashion and entertainment, Rihanna, continues to break records and set trends with her musical style and intrinsic collaborative genius.  Her recent collaboration with Drake - ‘Work’ received numerous milestones. The top-selling digital artist of all time and with 59 million albums sold, the fan love is in no shortage and sure to follow the 8-time Grammy Award winning performer as she greets the Yasalam After-Race crowd in Abu Dhabi. 

Kicking off the weekend in top electric style is legendary duo The Chemical Brothers (#ChemBrosAtF1) on Friday, November 25th. World-renowned legends of electronic music will take to the du Arena stage for fans to witness how they have redefined the idea of live electronic music over the past two decades. Composed of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, the duo’s synergy has driven their musical ascent from dark, London nightclubs into one of the most in-demand festival headline sets in the world. Four time Grammy award winners, their infectious anthems have also garnered a Brit Award and MTV Europe Music Award. Added to their accolades are six number one albums and 13 top 20 singles. Known for producing an unmatched live experience, race ticket holders are sure to enjoy the weekend with a visually stunning, full live performance.

Now in its eighth year, Yasalam (#Yasalam2016) forms a programme that unites Abu Dhabi in excitement and celebration and is the largest entertainment festival run by any race host city in the world. The festival includes weeks of activations, and to date has created incredible memories for over 2.5 million people.

UAE residents and international travellers are being urged to buy their race tickets before the end of the 30% Early Bird discount period, which runs to Tuesday, May 31st, to take full advantage of the biggest discounts to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ever offered.

Further enhancing the value of this year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and with an aim to showcase the range of entertainment and attractions available across Yas Island, all ticket holders will have free access to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld, Abu Dhabi. Available for the first time, and valid across the race weekend, Formula 1® ticket holders will this year be able to access the two world-class theme parks on each corresponding day of their F1 ticket.

 “Although there are a few other Formula 1® races that offer after-race concerts, we wanted to continue setting the bar for the level of race weekend entertainment, reinforcing our reputation as a world-class entertainment destination,” said Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit.

“Since our inaugural race in 2009 we have looked to increase the spectacular entertainment offering of the previous year and 2016 will be no different. Yas Marina Circuit’s unique mix of world-beating motor racing, entertainment, and corporate hospitality, as well as interactive and cultural elements, means that the weekend is as much about what happens off-track as on-track.

“This is what attracts visitors from more than 100 countries to the Circuit each year and we look forward to welcoming everyone to another incredible weekend in November.”

John Lickrish, CEO of FLASH Entertainment, added “Yasalam is a pivotal entertainment festival created by FLASH.  As the first and largest entertainment programme run by race host city in the world, it delivers top-class entertainment for local, regional and international music, sport and race enthusiasts. Yasalam embodies the essence of Abu Dhabi and provides diverse entertainment for residents and visitors. It remains the hallmark of entertainment and a ‘must-attend’ on the yearly event calendar. Today is the start of many more exciting announcements to come for Yasalam 2016. Bringing Rihanna as part of her ANTI WORLD TOUR and The Chemical Brothers, further cements Abu Dhabi’s position as the region’s foremost entertainment hub. Saturday’s Yasalam After-Race Concert will be announced soon.”

Staying on the pulse of entertainment throughout the year, all race ticket holders will also receive 2 Friends Friday invitations (first 15,000 UAE based race ticket holders), and selected After-Race Concert Golden Circle upgrades. Ticket holders also benefit from a 20% discount* on selected FLASH events until February 2017.  *discount applies to selected ticket categories.

Mohammed Al Zaabi, CEO at Miral, said: “Events such as the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix further promote Yas Island’s position as a world-class entertainment destination as it highlights what is a diverse and growing list of world-class events and attractions to audiences the world over. In offering this year’s F1 ticket holders free entry to Yas Island attractions, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, we are not only offering greater value but also inspiring race-goers to explore all that Yas Island has to offer. Together with partners across Yas Island, we look forward to welcoming visitors from across the globe onto Yas Island for what is expected to be the best race weekend to date.”

Tickets for the 2016 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX are available at Virgin Megastore’s 12 outlets throughout the Middle East as well as in all Etihad Shops, online at and through the Yas Marina Circuit Call Centre (800 927) or +971 (0) 2 659 9800.

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