Yas Marina Formula One Circuit and Hotel
Yas Island as an artificial island in the United Arab Emirate of Abu Dhabi, located approximately twenty kilometres away from the actual city of Abu Dhabi. The Yas Marina Circuit is the venue for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix and has hosted four races since opening in October 2009. Built at a cost of 893 million euros, it was designed by Hermann Tilke, who was responsible for a number of other new racing circuits such as the Valencia Street Circuit, Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas and the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore.
With twenty-one corners, it was designed to be an ‘Arabian version of Monaco’ with two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso complimenting the track after his first practice session of the debut grand prix because ‘there was always something to do’. The track surface is made from Greywacke aggregate from the Bayston Hill quarry in England and is preferred by drivers for its high levels of grip. The circuit itself passes by the island’s marina and snakes through sand dunes with several straights and many tight corners. Part of the pit lane exit actually passes underneath the track.
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The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is the only Formula One race to start in the evening, with floodlights used to illuminate the site as the daylight fades. Its permanent lighting system is the largest in the world for a sporting venue. This dusk setting helps to emphasise the unparalleled Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi Hotel which sits across the Yas Marina Circuit. It is the only hotel to be built over a Formula One circuit and consists of two twelve storey towers connected by a steel and glass bridge known as the ‘Grid Shell’. With one tower within the track and the other next to the marina, the large, sweeping bridge is the standout focus of the hotel and incorporates a lighting system that features over five thousand diamond-shaped L.E.D. panels.
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The hotel was designed by New York-based firm Asymptote Architecture and contains 499 rooms and seven restaurants. It has five star status and is currently managed by the Viceroy Hotels Group.
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