17 Jul 2007
Construction of Abu Dhabi circuit already well underway
As the current Formula One season steps up a gear, so too has construction on the new Yas Island circuit in Abu Dhabi, which will host the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from 2009.
â€śWe are delighted with the way in which construction is progressing and a number of tasks are already ahead of schedule, including the excavation of the marina and piling work for the pit building,â€ť said His Excellency Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority, Abu Dhabi.
In a first for Formula One racing, the challenging circuit by renowned circuit designer Hermann Tilke combines a non-permanent section that will deliver all the drama of a street circuit with a high-speed permanent race track that incorporates a marina and state-of-the art stadia. The distinctive design will allow yachts to berth alongside the track as it wraps itself around the marina, giving the Abu Dhabi race its own unique identity.
The track will boast an average speed of 198 km/h and there will be at least three obvious areas for overtaking. The 10 metre track elevation in relation to the turns will also make driving very difficult and demanding, making it a thrilling experience for drivers and spectators alike.
â€śBy starting with a blank canvas we have had the luxury of learning from existing Grand Prix as well as other major sporting events to ensure everything we do is best-practice and that the experience we will deliver spectators is unparalleled,â€ť continued HE Khaldoon Al Mubarak.
Following the announcement by Formula One Management (FOM) in February that Abu Dhabi secured the rights to host a Grand Prix from 2009-2016, Tilkeâ€™s team has been appointed by ALDAR Properties, Abu Dhabiâ€™s first fully integrated development company, to develop the 5.6 kilometre circuit on the 2,550 hectare natural island.
â€śThe excavation and walling of the marina is well underway, with the size and depth of construction allowing Yas Island Circuit to accommodate more than 150 yachts, including up to 20 yachts in excess of 100ft length and six 200ft-long mega yachts,â€ť said Mr Ronald Barrott, CEO of ALDAR Properties, developers of Yas Island. â€śActivity has been ramped up heavily with more than 15,000 people due to be working on Yas Island throughout 2008.â€ť
ALDAR recently announced the appointment of Cebarco-WCT W.L.L. to build the Formula One race track on Yas Island, bringing to the project a unique blend of international expertise and regional experience.
In addition to the Circuit, Yas Island will also feature numerous attractions to appeal to all tastes and interests, including a Ferrari theme park, polo clubs and parkland golf courses.
Report with pictures: The Official Formula 1 Website
For further details, see the official Abu Dhabi Grand Prix site at
2009 Formula 1â„˘ Abu Dhabi Grand Prix