Abu Dhabi: A month-long series of racing themed events is nearing its climax as the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix roars into the capital for three days of unforgettable excitement.
Wednesday night saw the launch of ‘Beats on the Beach,’ a four-day series of free concert on the Corniche, as the final phase of the annually anticipated Yasalam, which began on October 14 and will end on November 13 night.
So far, RnB superstar Wyclef Jean and Lebanese icon Najwa Karam drove audiences into a frenzy while Friday night, British singer-songwriter Jay Sean is expected to start the evening with a high energy performance.
This will then continue as Beats on the Beach concludes on Saturday, with Award-winning Tunisian singer and composer Saber el Robai being joined by an exciting line up of UAE based, regional and international artists.
On Yas island, those with F1 tickets will enjoy three nights of unforgettable musical experiences, starting with Britney Spears tonight [Friday], American rock band Incubus, British hard rock band The Cult on Saturday, and British music legend Sir Paul McCartney on Sunday.
“I’ve gone to Beats on the Beach since its first year and I’m always blown away by the line-up, especially since these concerts are free…so far this year, I’ve gone to see Wycelf Jean with some friends and I can’t wait to see Fatboy Slim [tonight]. I’m also going to see Sir Paul McCartney since one of friends was able to get an extra ticket,” Alexander Jackson, an Australian expatriate who is an IT specialist, said.
“I’ve never seen such an event like this…I mean, there are other big festivals around the world, but this is quite diverse since there’s also other events and activities…even though we’re still enjoying this [Yasalam], I can’t wait to see who they’re bringing next year,” he added.
As part of its third edition, the city wide programme also saw the return of fan-favourites F1 Fanzone, Cinema by the Sea, the Art of Racing and the Yasalam Parade while new additions such as Tropfest Arabia and Cut&Paste Abu Dhabi highlighted the creative side of Formula 1.
Yasalam’s more responsible side returned too, as schools and universities took part in Yasalam Responsibility, which stressed the importance of safe driving.