Visitor's guide to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

2016-11-25 10:16:47   http://edition.cnn.com

Abu Dhabi's glamor-filled three-day Grand Prix is coming up at the end of November.

Those who can make it should expect lavish parties, huge performers and massive price tags.Not visiting the United Arab Emirates' capital until later in the year?
There's still plenty of race-related fun to be had.
Here's what you need to know.

The Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Take adrenaline, fast cars, glamorous people, 60,000 fans and big-name bands.
Mix it all together in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE.
Throw in a free citywide entertainment festival and a string of mega yachts.
The result is the city's annual Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, running Friday to Sunday, November 25-27.

The Yas Marina Circuit.
The race is hosted in the futuristic, slickly modern Yas Marina Circuit.
Inaugurated in 2009, the circuit boasts the unique distinction of being the only motorsports venue in the world with covered and shaded grandstands.
Private yachts line the surrounding marina, lending everything an "outer space meets Monaco" vibe.
Friday and Saturday are used as practice and qualifying rounds, while Sunday is the 55-lap Grand Prix. Previous winners include Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. Vettel's the current race record holder at 1:40.279.
Air-conditioned VIP suites have the best views (and the highest prices -- see below), while standing tickets come with the cheapest price tags (from $108).
There are the usual elements you'd expect from a race, including food and drink stalls, kid-friendly zones with games.
But the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix also features a few unique twists -- like boozy brunches, big bands and free entry to two theme parks.

Hear the music

Every night the Grand Prix hosts a massive concert.
Friday features electronic duo The Chemical Brothers. Saturday Lionel Richie performs his sing-along-friendly tunes.
On Sunday, Rihanna takes to the stage, making the show the only Middle East date on her "Anti World" tour.

An F1 ticket grants access to the concert on the same day. Buy a three-day ticket, see three concerts. There's no access to the shows without a race ticket.

Extra perks

That ticket also allows same-day access to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld.
Visitors can ride the world's fastest roller coaster (speeds of 240km/h) at Ferrari World or drive -- perhaps unsurprisingly -- one of the park's Ferraris.
They can then explore Yas Waterworld's 43 rides, which include a suspended roller coaster and plunging, twisty water tubes.

Go VIP

In the spirit to go big before going home?
The F1's Paddock Club tickets provide access to an air-conditioned suite with sleek furniture, big TVs and unlimited food and drink.
All this comes with views of the start/finish line and the chance to join Thursday's pit lane walk (from $4,601 for a two-day package).

Red Bull's racing package includes luxurious suites directly above the team's garages and HD video walls with live race feeds.
There's gourmet food, free-flowing champagne and endless Red Bull (from $6,085). There's also a chance to hob nob with drivers and senior execs.
For a more approachable price tag, there's brunching at the race.
This all-you-can-eat several-hour affair features fancy food and boozy drink in unlimited quantities. The lavish meal happens 10 meters from the track and allows race access ($292).
With hundreds of yachts booking into the Yas Marina during the race weekend, one of the most decadent ways to watch the excitement is from the water.
Celeb favorite Amber Lounge offers daytime yacht tickets that come with Bacardi cocktails and bottomless champagne (from $4,950 per two people).
When the sun sets, visitors can dance to private performances by Jay Sean at Amber Lounge's glitzy after party (from $825).
The particularly flush can book Methuselah Tables. These come with the option to sit beside a celebrity, a six-liter Methusaleh bottle of champagne and unlimited bottle service, all for $23,600 a head.

Stay

Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, a five-star luxury hotel built beside the racetrack, is a great place to crash if you've got the cash.
This contemporary venue offers special race weekend packages that include a pit lane walk on Thursday, access to the race all weekend and access to the concerts.
All this comes with a minimum three-night stay.
While exact prices vary, guests can expect to pay easily upwards of $4,870 for the weekend. Hand over $32,671 and they'll get a suite with a wraparound balcony -- perfect for sipping bubbly while watching the race.

There are several other high-end hotels on Yas Island, including a creekside Crowne Plaza and a Radisson Blu along the Yas Links Golf Club.
For something cheaper, Abu Dhabi city is a 30-minute taxi ride away.
Taxis in the capital are metered, affordable and clean.

Dine

For those not staying at Yas Viceroy, several of the hotel's restaurants offer great trackside views and elaborate cuisine.
Two-Michelin starred chef Antonio Mellino whips up refined Italian dishes at Amici.
Or there's Atayeb for rich Middle Eastern food.
Visitors can embrace the atmosphere of the F1 with a bite to eat along Yas Island's marina waterfront.
Favorites include Iris, a chic restaurant and bar that's been known to attract celebrities; Cipriani, an opulent Italian venue that books up quickly; and Diablito, a great rooftop stop for tapas, 360-degree views of Yas Island and a party vibe.
Hakkasan Abu Dhabi, a slick and chic Cantonese restaurant, is around 30 minutes' drive from the race. That shouldn't put anyone off.
This elegant venue is a favorite VIP haunt during the F1 weekend, when celebs and the glitterati crowd in to feast on lobster stir-fried with truffle sauce.

Do

Yasalam, Abu Dhabi's free entertainment festival, provides heaps of art, music and F1-friendly events from November 24 to 27.
The F1 FanZone has race simulations, food and games. Or there's the Heritage Plaza for interactive displays of Emirati culture.
The popular Beats on the Beach music festival showcases local and international talent. Previous performers have included Jason Derulo, Fatboy Slim and Assi El Hellani.
Concerts run all weekend on Lagoon Beach, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Unlike the main race concerts, these gigs are completely free.

No Grand Prix? No problem

Tickets for the Grand Prix are likely to sell fast. But anyone unable to make the annual race shouldn't worry.
Yas Marina Circuit, the venue where the Grand Prix is held, has regular events throughout the year.
Adrenaline junkies can learn (some of) the skills of a racecar driver while sat behind the wheel of an Aston Martin, Jaguar or Chevrolet with Yas Racing School (from $176). There's also a passenger option.
The truly passionate can book a private coaching to hone advanced racing techniques (from $408), then go all "Fast and the Furious" at the regular Yas Drift Nights and Yas Track Days.
Not everything at the track is about cars.
For a dose of fitness, joining the 5,000 healthy types who workout at Yas Marina every week is an option.
It's also possible to walk, jog, race in the annual marathon or chalk-filled Color Run, and do crossfit or yoga.
Even better, a lot of it's free. The Yas Marina Circuit website has exact timings.

Ultimately, the F1 brings an epic buzz to Dubai's often calmer next-door neighbor. For anyone who wants to see the capital in all its glory, November's a great time to go.
But there's a lot of engine-revving adventure to be had all year round.

 

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The third Ben Tre Coconut Festival, themed “Ben Tre on the way of integration and development” will be held from April 4th to 9th, 2012

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Hue Festival features foreign performers

Twenty-four foreign art troupes from 14 countries will take part in Hue Festival 2012. Three of the troupes, Carabosse fire performers, Combo Box jazz concert and Ego street festival come from France.

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National Tourism Year - Hue 2012 kicks off

Central Thua Thien – Hue province has been selected to host the National Tourism Year – Northern Central Coastal Area 2012. It will host a series of activities throughout the year to promote national tourism and lure international tourists

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Activities for the National Tourism Year Northern Central Coastal Area - Hue 2012

The National Tourism Year is an annual event which aims to promote destinations, attract domestic and international tourists, and develop local tourism. In 2012, the National Tourism Year is held in Thua Thien - Hue Province and Northern Central Coastal provinces with the name “National Tourism Year Northern Central Coastal Area - Hue 2012” and the theme "Heritage Tourism".

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200,000 tulip baskets to be displayed at Da Lat festival

Around 200,000 baskets of tulip flower will be displayed on the shores of Xuan Huong Lake during the Da Lat Flower Festival 2012.

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Logo of My Son sanctuary made public

A logo of My Son sanctuary, a world cultural heritage site in the central province of Quang Nam,was announced on December 28.

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National Tourism Year to highlight Hue festival

Hue Festival, the annual international event being held for seventh time in the northern central coastal province of Thua Thien-Hue, will be the highlight of Vietnam's National Tourism Year 2012.

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Hanoi to hold flower street festival

The 2012 Flower Festival will be held in Hanoi from December 30, 2011 to January 2, 2012 to welcome the upcoming lunar New Year (the Year of Dragon).

The event is part of activities to celebrate the 82nd founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (February 3).

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“Fansipan: Explore and Conquer” 2011 programme to start in December

The Lao Cai People’s Committee will organize the “Fansipan: Explore and Conquer” 2011 program in the middle of December as part of a tourist program named “Back to the origin – 2011”.

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International Tea Festival 2011 closes

The First International Tea Festival – Thai Nguyen, Vietnam 2011 closed at the Nui Coc Lake tourist site in the northern province of Thai Nguyen on November 15.

At the closing ceremony, the organizing board presented awards to individuals and organizations for their great contributions to developing the tea industry.

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Sea and island to be featured at New Year flower festival 2012

The New Year flower festival in HCM City this year will feature traditional culture, modern life and focus on sea and island topic, said the city’s Vice Chair Hua Ngoc Thuan.

This year HCM City will continue organizing annual programs to welcome the New Year, including: decorating Nguyen Hue road with flowers and trees, holding a flower festival at Tao Dan Park and organizing 45 flower markets.

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Soc Trang ready for second rice festival

Almost 1,000 booths for the Second Vietnam Rice Festival on Nov. 8-11 in the Mekong delta province of Soc Trang have already been booked, said Chairman of the Soc Trang Provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Trung Hieu.

Hieu said that main activities of the festival will take place in Soc Trang city and preparations for the event have been completed.

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Grand meeting marks Buddhist Sangha’s anniversary

A grand meeting was held in Hanoi on Nov. 7 to celebrate the 30 th founding anniversary of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS).

A message of the VBS leader presented by Most Venerable Thich Chon Thien, Vice Chairman of the VBS Executive Council, said the foundation of the VBS on Nov. 7, 1981 was an important event for the Vietnamese Buddhism

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Nation set to commemorate Hung kings

The Hung Temple Festival will take place on April 7 to commemorate the Hung kings in the northern province of Phu Tho.

The main ceremony, to be held on April 12 (the 10th day of third lunar month) will include incense-offering ceremonies to Au Co-Lac Long Quan, the ancestors of the Vietnamese and Hung kings.

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HCMC Tourism Day 2011 to be held in April

The Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Day 2011 will be organised from April 7 to 10, said the organizing board of the annual event. The event is co-organised by the HCMC Tourism Association and the city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

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Training Guide Club In Phan Thiet

On 9th  & 10th Nov 2010, club guides of Vietnam Festival Travel  took part in training sessions in  Phan Thiet city.
Guides was divided into three groups, explanations of destinations from Ho Chi Minh City to Phan Thiet:Nga 3 Dau Day, Long Khanh orchard, Phan Thiet,  Hon Rom .... The team very enthusiastic in organizing, participating in the game requires the mobilization of investment such as: Beyond the fortifications, Progress on the battlefield, enemy and Glory House of Vietnam.

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Festival to celebrate delta's ‘Plain of reeds'

Dong Thap Province plans to organise the biggest ever festival in the Mekong Delta region to mark the 30th anniversary of the Dong Thap Muoi (Plain of Reeds) sub-region. Blossoming future: A farmer works in the Sa Dec Flower Village, one of the sites for the upcoming festival to celebrate the Plain of Reeds. — VNA/VNS Photo Duy Khuong

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Carrier to fly Can The Taiwan Tet specials

National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines will operate flights between Can Tho city in the Mekong Delta and Taipei in Taiwan during Tet (the Lunar New Year) which falls on February 14 this year, Vietnam News Agency has reported.

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Da Nang: Decrease 5-50% Services To Enable The Tourism

First, from 01 to 30/11/2010, Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism in Danang cooperated with the Department of Trade and Industry hold " Promotional tour in 2010" with participation of 24 travel agents, restaurants, hotels, shopping stores and five commercial units on the city.

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Da Lat Railway Station

On 16/11, Director of Da Lat railway station - Mr. Ngo Minh Chau, said Vietnam Railways Corporation  has been increased trains to serve tourists during the  Lunar New Year.

The locomotive has been strengthened for Ga Da Lat is brought TU7 effect produced by the Soviet Union, to replace the old generation of ships of the same type (top TU6) is no longer enough to pull together four of the train is unit.

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Vietnam Airlines Will Open Flights To Narita, Japan

Vietnam Airlines will open 7 flights per week from Da Nang city to Narita International Airport in Tokyo, Japan as from mid-December. The 184-seat Airbus A321 flights will depart from Da Nang at 2:55 AM and arrive in Narita at 1:20 PM (local time) with a layover in HCM City.

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Unesco General director to attend Hanoi's anniversary

The General Director of the UNESCO will arrive in Hanoi on Oct. 1 to attend celebrations of the 1,000th birthday of the capital city and hand over certification of UNESCO recognition of Thang Long Royal Citadel as a world cultural heritage.

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Jestar Pacific offers $5 flights on Hanoi's millennum annversary

On the occasion of the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi, the Jetstar Pacific implements a promotion program to offer 1,000 cheap tickets at price of VND100,000 (US$5) each from September 9 to October 10.

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1,000th anniversary of Hanoi comes nearer, cultural projects rushed to completion

As there are only about three months left to the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi, important cultural projects are being accelerated to complete in time for the national celebration, reports the Vietnam News Agency

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Binh Thuan to organize international yacht festival in October

The coastal province of Binh Thuan will organize the International Yacht Festival 2010 on October 21 to 24 at Mui Ne Beach, which will be the biggest tourism event of the province this year, a tourism official said.

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Hanoi-Vientiane-Paris TV link presents Hanoi’s anniversary

A live television program linking Hanoi, Vientiane and Paris will be held on July 31, presenting images of the thousand-year history and culture of Thang Long-Hanoi to the world. A Vietnamese delegation of the Foreign Ministry and the Vietnam multimedia corporation (VTC) is on a trip to Laos to prepare for the event.

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Museum gives insight into Bronze Age culture

More than 600 ancient artifacts from Viet Nam and some other Asian countries are on display at an exhibition at the Can Tho Museum

The relics, some 2,000 years old, are from collections held by museums and 60 individuals in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta region.

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Hung Kings Temple Festival

The number of visitors to this year’s Hung Temple Festival has increased sharply over the past five days, according to the festival organising board.

About 1.5 million visitors visited the Hung Temple between April 14-18, presenting an increase of 30% over the same period of last year’s event, the board said.

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Bac Ninh Festival 2010

Bac Ninh Festival 2010 opened at the Kinh Bac Cultural Centre on the evening of April 17. The highlights of the festival included a grand ceremony to receive UNESCO’s certificates recognising the province’s Quan Ho (love duets) and Ca Tru (ceremonial singing) as intangible cultural heritage of humanity and a 15-minute firework display.

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Exemption visa fee for foreigner

Foreign visitors to Vietnam under the "Impressive Vietnam" promotional programme from May 14th to September 30th 2009 will be exempt from visa fees.

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