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.
Firmly established in the F1™ calendar, 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.
Yas Marina Circuit has now gone through a massive reconfiguration of the F1™ track and improved the drivers’ overtaking opportunities, as well as amplified the competitiveness of all motorsport events.
The Dubai Autodrome is an FIA-sanctioned 5.39 km motorsports circuit located in MotorCity, 20km from downtown Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Opened in October 2004 with the final round of the 2004 Formula Renault V6 Eurocup season, Dubai Autodrome was the first part of the Dubai MotorCity development that was available for use.
The circuit, designed by Clive Bowen of Apex Circuit Design, hosted the December 2005 A1 Grand Prix and the FIA GT Championship from 2004 to 2006. The track record at the longest configuration was set by Kamui Kobayashi (DAMS) with a time of 1:41.220 in a GP2 car.
Since 2006 the Autodrome has been home to the Dubai 24 Hour; a sports car and touring car automobile endurance race open to both professional and semi-professional teams. As MotorCity nears completion, the Autodrome sits in the heart of the community and is busy on a year-round basis.