Al Tareq Al Ameri (second from left), Chief Executive Officer of Yas Marina Circuit, with other officials during the official announcement of the ticket sales. Image Credit: Courtesy: Organiser

Abu Dhabi: Bosses at Yas Marina Circuit have sought to capitalise on the excitement surrounding the new Formula One season by announcing ticket packages for November’s Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

All ticket categories for 2017 have been maintained at 2016 prices on established favourites such as Abu Dhabi Hill and the array of five Grandstand options, and this year will see the ‘GP Parks Pass’ return and the new ‘Kids Go Free’ package introduced, providing additional flexibility and value.

With each three-day adult Grandstand ticket purchased, children are granted free entry. This means that one child under 12 will get free Friday entry to that Grandstand, as well as enjoying free access to Yas Waterworld and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.

The ‘GP Parks Pass’ is a three-day package that allows unlimited access to Yas Island Parks — Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld — on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This special three-day ticket package starts from Dh1,120 (for Abu Dhabi Hill) and will only be available for purchase until May 31 from all ticket outlets.

Tickets are now on sale for the extravaganza which takes place on November 24-26, and there will be big savings for those who buy them early.

Those booking before May 31 will be eligible for a 30 per cent discount, it was announced on Monday. Corporate clients will also be rewarded with discounts for early booking of the Circuit’s wide range of hospitality solutions available during race weekend, with new products announced.

Al Tareq Al Ameri, Chief Executive Officer of Yas Marina Circuit, said: “Since our inaugural race in 2009, I’m yet to experience as much anticipation for a Formula One season. The new technical rules haven’t just changed the appearance of the cars — they have made them faster and much more challenging to drive. As we just saw in Melbourne, the new rules will mean a whole new experience for everyone attending the 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.”

Mohammad Al Bulooki, Executive Vice-President Commercial, Eithad Airways, added: “As title sponsor of the Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix since the inaugural race in 2009, the F1 race has been an incredibly important event for the Etihad Airways’ brand and for Abu Dhabi as a destination. Etihad Airways will again activate its global marketing resources to promote this thrilling race to ensure, alongside its partners, that visitors have a truly memorable experience.”

Away from the track, ticket-holders are guaranteed a packed four days of entertainment that kicks off with a return of ‘Super Thursday’ following its successful introduction last year. In addition to the Pit Lane Walk, the day will see the first performance by world-class musical artists at the daily After-Race concert, as well as the opening of the Main Oasis area.

Yasalam, the music and entertainment festival, is returning for the ninth year. Produced by FLASH Entertainment, the festival will feature a range of performances from A-list musical artists across race weekend.

Tickets are available online at www.yasmarinacircuit.com and through the Yas Marina Circuit Call Centre (800 927) or +971 (0) 2 659 9800, as well as through all Etihad Shops and Virgin Megastores, Yas Central Express stand at Yas Mall, and through the YasHUB smartphone app and its Facebook shop: www.facebook.com/yasmarinacircuit