Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2020 date now set for 13 December

by Abu Dhabi Travel Planner

Grand Prix fans who have been keenly awaiting the announcement of what will happen with the 2020 Formula One event – there’s good news and bad news.

The good news – the event has NOT been cancelled for 2020. The event, usually held over the last weekend in November has been postponed by two weeks to fit in with a rejigged Formula One schedule. The final race of the season will be held at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi from 11 to 13 December 2020, with the race itself being held in its usual twilight spot 5:00 pm on Sunday, 13 December.

The big difference and disappointing – though not unexpected – news is that the event will be held in 2020 without a crowd in attendance. Strict post-COVID measures in Abu Dhabi Emirate still forbid events and public gatherings, and this looks unlikely to change before year-end.

We understand the race will be televised locally as well as internationally for GP fans, but only those directly involved in the event will be able to attend. We’ll update you here when we learn more!

Meanwhile… else where on Yas Island

Yas Island, home to the Capital’s favourite leisure venues, is slowly springing back to life post-COVID with the reopening of Ferrari World, Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi and CLYMB in July, followed by the re-opening of Yas Waterworld in August 2020. There are still crowd capacity limits at these venues to ensure social distancing can take place.

Popular club Yas Beach has also reopened for those seeking some sunshine and beach time this fall.

You can find our full guide on what to expect in Abu Dhabi in December here.


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