As well as the thrill of the race and the Yasalam After-Race Concerts, the general atmosphere in Abu Dhabi around the Grand Prix is one of excitement and festivity. Grand Prix-themed events spring up across the city, with hotels, bars, and even shopping malls making the most of the race action.
Grand Prix Tickets for 2024 are now on sale!
From brunches to dining experiences and parties happening across the capital to lazy days soaking up the sun, here’s our pick of things to do close to the circuit over Abu Dhabi’s F1 weekend
NB many events referenced in this guide still refer to 2023; Tickets are now on sale for events occurring 5-8 December 2024; brunch events and Yasalam artists will be announced later in 2024.
- Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix Brunches
- Great Night’s Out During The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
- Day Time Events Over Grand Prix Weekend
- Restaurants that you might like to try during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2024
- Lazy F1 Days in Abu Dhabi
- Cultural Events over the F1 Abu Dhabi Weekend
- Where to stay near the Grand Prix track
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Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix Brunches
What is a brunch?
In the United Arab Emirates, brunch is an all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-drink buffet experience, which usually lasts around 4 hours. They are generally in the afternoon or evening and take place at the weekend and on some special occasions, such as Eid, Christmas, Easter, and during the F1 weekend.
Packages are priced according to whether you choose to have soft drinks only, house beverages, or premium drinks. Brunches are a popular way of passing time at the weekend, and the Formula 1 weekend sees some of the year’s biggest and most extravagant brunches.
Here are just a selection of the brunches available in Abu Dhabi over the big race weekend.
B.I.G Trackside Brunch at Garage, W Hotel, Yas Island
Set at the heart of the race track, the W Hotel is the perfect place to take in the race action. Driven by a passion for flavour, Garage (the hotel’s buffet restaurant) will serve up a huge array of delicious international dishes with everything from sushi and oysters to roasted meats and exotic salads. There are deserts aplenty, as well as a wide selection of breads and cheeses. In fact, B.I.G. really is an understatement!
Indulge in unlimited treats whilst enjoying a fine selection of beverages from around the world. With four brunches timed for each race session, Garage is the ideal spot to recharge while listening to the symphony of engines on the racetrack.
All guests will receive access to the Yasalam after-race concert of the night, allowing them to enjoy the much-anticipated performances of A-listers, including Shania Twain and the Foo Fighters.
- House packages with indoor seating start at 700 AED per person, rising to 1,400 AED per person for outdoor terrace seating on Friday 24th November 1.00 pm until 4.00 pm and on Saturday, 25th (12.30 pm until 3.30 pm).
- For the Saturday evening brunch from 4.30 pm until 7.30 pm on the 25th, prices rise to 3,500 AED for terrace seating.
- On Sunday, 26th November, prices will start at 1,800 AED per person for the house package with indoor seating and rise to 6,500 AED for terrace seating. The brunch will start at 4:00 pm and end at 7:00 pm.
Easy Tiger Brunch at Rush, W Hotel
At the heart of the glamour and excitement in the beautiful W Hotel, you will find Rush. This year, Easy Tiger is set to make its mark as the go-to location for those looking to party over the race weekend with its Rush bar takeover. This exclusive venue will offer a breathtaking vantage point with unrivalled views of the track action.
Expect a pumped-up, high-octane atmosphere as well as lots of tasty food!
- Brunch packages start at 599 AED ON Friday 24th (3.00 pm until 8.00 pm), 799 AED on Saturday 25th (2.00 pm until 7.00 pm) and 1499 AED on Sunday 25th (1.00 pm until 5.00 pm),
- A premium weekend pass that includes all brunches is available starting at 3,199 AED.
- For more information click here
Amerigos at the Park Inn, Yas Plaza
Situated a stone’s throw from the racetrack at Yas Plaza, Mexican restaurant ‘Amerigos’ is offering two special race edition brunches!
From 7.00 pm on Friday, 24th and 12.30 pm on Saturday, 25th November, you can enjoy a variety of delicious Latin American-inspired dishes, including the likes of Arroz a la Tumbada Rombo, Barbequed Lamb Chops with Chimichurri, and Yellow Tail Hamachi Ceviche. There’s also a wide selection of cocktails, beers, and wines to get the party flowing. Live entertainment will be provided by a Latin vocal Duo and live DJ. So dust off your dancing shoes for a night to remember!
- Mercadito Evening Brunch on Friday, 24 November from 7.00-11.00 pm – Prices start at 299 AED for the soft drink package and 325 AED for house beverages.
- Acapulco Day Brunch on Saturday, 25 November, from 12:30-4:30 pm – Prices start at 299 AED for the soft drink package and 325 AED for house beverages.
Filini Garden at the Radisson Blu, Yas Plaza
Take in the sunset with a Michelin-star supper experience designed by Chef Nicola Fossacecaat at Filini Garden at the Radisson Blu, Yas Plaza. The brunch brings you the best of Italy with crisp pizzas, delicious pasta options, and a variety of antipasti and desserts. Guests really shouldn’t miss out on the Cicoria e Cicale di Mare and Ravioli di Ricotta in Brodetto di Crostacei, Mmmmm Bellissima!
As if all of the delicious Italian food wasn’t enough, there will be live saxophone music, a DJ, and dancers daily – as well as a Peroni Nastro Azzurro activation available to guests through the race weekend.
Whilst not a brunch per se, the unlimited drinks for 200 AED from 5.00 to 7.00 pm see this delicious dining experience in our brunch section!
- The Michelin Supper takes place on November 24, from 7.00 until 11.00 pm. Prices start at
- Sunset Breeze Bash from November 23rd to November 26th, 5.00 to 7.00 pm – AED 200, including house beverages.
Stills at The Crowne Plaza, Yas Plaza
Enjoy the Al Fresco terrace at the ‘Funch Brunch’ at Stills this F1 weekend. From 12.30 pm on Saturday, the 25th, and Sunday 26th, you can enjoy 4 hours of unlimited food and house beverages for 323 AED or upgrade to the bubbles package for an additional 100 AED.
Featuring live entertainment, real-time F1 coverage, and a dedicated Stella Artois pop-up, Stills is set to bring all the live racing action right to your table.
- Race Weekend Fun Brunch on Saturday, 25th November, from 12:30-4:30 pm. Prices start at 299 AED for the soft drink package.
- You can also avail of the ‘The Party Pack’ package from the 23rd until the 26th of November from 5:00 – 7:00 pm – AED 200
Graphos at The Hilton Hotel, Yas Bay
Yas Bay, Abu Dhabi’s swankiest entertainment destination, is around 10-minute walk from the Yas Plaza hotels. The focal point for the development is the Hilton Hotel, with their Saturday brunch being one of the best in Abu Dhabi.
Enjoy everything from paella to sushi in this amazing international buffet. Children are well taken care of with a phenomenal selection of child-friendly food – the highlight being Graphos’ famous chocolate shawarma!
This year, Graphos are offering a special Race Day Champagne Brunch on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November. Prices start at 750 AED per person (375 AED for children aged 6-12). In addition to the regular Champagne Brunch, the Hilton are also offering the Champagne Brunch with lots of F1 extras!
The price (which starts at 2,800 AED per person) includes a delicious all-you-can-eat champagne brunch, free parking on the day of the brunch and, wait for it, Grand Stand tickets for the entire race weekend!
- The price for brunch on Saturday and the full weekend Grand Stand ticket is 2,800 AED per person.
- The price for brunch on Sunday and the full weekend Grand Stand ticket is 4,450 AED per person.
Fairways, The Westin (now VOGO), Khalifa City
The Westin Hotel and Golf Resort are just a short taxi ride from Yas Island. Known locally for its lovely but non-pretentious atmosphere and excellent value for money across the board. The Bubbalicious Brunch is no exception.
The brunch is an international affair, with dishes from around the world, including roasts and grills, mezze dishes and sushi. There’s also an exquisite cheese room as well as a spectacular selection of desserts and sweet treats.
It’s also worth checking out the wonderful spa facilities and very reasonable afternoon tea options.
- Packages start at 288 AED for soft drinks, 399 AED for house beverages, and 599 AED for bubbly. Children aged 6-12 pay 125 AED, and under 6’s are free.
- Every Saturday 1.00 pm – 4.30 pm
Garden Brunch Grand Prix Edition, Saadiyat Beach Club
A 15-minute taxi trip down the Saadiyat Highway takes you to a little slice of paradise, the beautiful Saadiyat Beach Club. Here, you can enjoy lazing on the tropical white sand, splashing around in the cool waters of the infinity pool, or sipping hand-crafted cocktails on your sun lounger.
The facilities extend to a gym and salon with separate jacuzzis, steam rooms, and saunas for male and female guests. All of this luxury is topped off by exquisite dining options, including an all-you-can-eat-and-drink brunch. Enjoy a range of international dishes, including an excellent selection of seafood as well as a superb selection of desserts in the stunning gardens of Saadiyat Beach Club.
For families, there’s also a kids’ club to keep the little ones busy. So why not celebrate the F1 in style at Saadiyat Beach club?
- The soft drinks package will set you back 345 AED. House beverages come in at 445 AED and the premium drinks package costs 545 AED per person.
- 1.00 pm until 4.00 pm on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November.
- Beach day passes start at 200 AED.
Great Night’s Out During The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
There’s loads going on over the F1 weekend, so get ready to party the night away at one of these awesome events.
Yoko Luna at the W Lounge, W Hotel, Yas Island
Get ready to dance, mingle, and immerse yourself in the ultimate racing weekend experience at W Lounge with Yoko Luna, the internationally acclaimed club and musical sensation, takes to the stage at the glamorous W Lounge. Yoko Luna’s eclectic beats and mesmerizing tunes will add an extra layer of excitement to the high-octane atmosphere of the Abu Dhabi race.
Aioka at Palm Garden at the W Hotel, Yas Island
Arguably the ultimate F1 party. Aioka promises a star-studded day full of glamour. Situated in the beautiful Palm garden directly adjacent to the track, a table here gets you to the heart of the action. Details are still to be announced, but this will sell out, so make your reservations now!
Note that previous celebrity appearances have included Busta Rhymes, Craig David, Ashanti, Rick Ross, and Akon.
- On Friday 24th and Saturday 25th of November, prices start at 300 AED for ladies and 750 AED for gents.
- Sunday 25th November prices start at 400 AED for ladies and 2000 AED for gents.
- VIP passes cost between 1,000 and 6,000 AED.
- To book or find out more click here.
Bagatelle at Wet Deck at the W Hotel, Yas Island
The French Riviera hots Abu Dhabi for this one-off culinary treat, as iconic French restaurant brand Bagatelle takes over the W Hotel’s Wet Deck and Skylite bar. Promising a party atmosphere and a menu that combines the rich and diverse flavours of the Mediterranean, this is sure to be a night to remember!
The Irish Vickers pop up at Yas Plaza
Abu Dhabi’s famous Irish pub and sports bar will be setting up camp in Yas Plaza and aims to bring you the most complete Abu Dhabi Grand Prix experience.
The whole plaza area will become an arena for watching the race coverage on a massive outdoor screen. Authentic pub bites will be available throughout the day. As the race draws to a halt, the entertainment starts with a fast-lane line-up of DJs and performers, including Saif&Sound, Nuff Said, Rob Forest, and Dane Bowers.
Yas Plaza Area. No Bookings required. Walk-in only. First come first served.
A brand new beach club is coming to Yas Island and conveniently plans to open over the Grand Prix weekend. As well as offering a new place to soak up the sun, the Dubai brand, famed for its Meydan race course nightclub set ups, will be hosting two huge Grand Prix parties.
Whether you want to chill out or rev up, DJ Loco Dice will be banging out the tunes on Friday, the 24th, whilst Ukrainian electronic pop group Artbat will set the rhythm on Sunday, November 26th.
Tickets are 150 AED each.
Day Time Events Over Grand Prix Weekend
If the late-night scene isn’t your thing, or you want the kids to get involved, also keep an eye out for these Grand Prix-related events:
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Air Show
On Saturday, 25 November 2023, look to the skies above Yas Island and the surrounding area as the Al Fursan acrobatics team will be putting on their spectacular airshow to wow Grand Prix fans after the final qualifying session. Flying 7 Aermacchi MB-339NAT aircraft, they are a local hit sensation.
Visible also from the surrounding Yas Island and Raha beach communities, this is a fabulous way for non-ticket holders living nearby to appreciate and experience some of the action.
Exact timing TBC – usually around 3:00 pm Saturday
You will also catch a singular flyover with an Emirates A380 and Al Fursan in support in the few minutes before 5:00 PM local time to mark the start of the main event.
Ferrari World Fan Zone
Running from November 20 to 26, there will be a host of events for racing fans at Ferrari World, immediately adjacent to the Yas Marian Circuit (F1 tickets or Ferrari World General Admin tickets are required for entry).
Expect a variety of entertaining activities, including a live DJ, break-dancers, themed merchandise, designated chill-out sections with large LED screens and more!
Special events will include a chance to meet Scuderia Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz on 22 November and see an exhibit of The Ferrari SF-23 racing car, designed and constructed by Scuderia Ferrari and driven by Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz in Grand Prix races.
Restaurants that you might like to try during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2024
If 4 hours of all-you-can-eat and drink isn’t really your thing, there are plenty of a-la-carte restaurants close to all of the race track action where you can take in a meal of drinks deal.
A-La-Carte Dining at the W Hotel, Yas Island
As well as the extravagant brunch options listed above, the W Hotel offers a number of A la Carte dining options. The Italian Amici is open 12 noon to 12 midnight on all race days. Be prepared for noise if you sit outdoors, as the race cars will literally wizz past as you eat.
Alternatively, head to Angar, where you can indulge in some mouth-watering Asian dishes in this dynamic fusion concept restaurant. Remember to book early to avoid disappointment.
More Restaurants in the Yas Plaza Hotels
If you love Indian food, Rangoli restaurant at the Rotana Hotel is well worth a visit. Immerse yourself in an Indian culinary journey – with a Western twist, this F1 season. Authentic Indian curries, traditional street food, and thoughtfully picked side dishes form part of a special sharing-style menu created by Chef Qureshi.
Also located at the Rotana, Y Bar brings South American and Asian influences to your plate in another sharing concept. The bar will also be hosting a limited-time Hoegaarden experience on its outdoor terrace. If steak and chips are more your thing, the Rotana is also home to the fantastic Blue Grill Steak House. To find out more, call +971 2 656 4000 or click here.
For a great selection of beers and food with a more European twist, the Belgian Cafe at the Radisson Blu might be just what you’re looking for.
Eating out at Yas Bay
The new development at Yas Bay, within comfortable walking distance of Yas Marina Circuit and the Yas Plaza Hotels, offers a wide range of dining and entertainment options to suit every budget in this buzzing waterfront destination.
Central offers good family dining options, whereas Asia-Asia is a great place for a romantic meal. Both are also offering brunch deals over the Grand Prix weekend.
Al Fresco dining at Yas Marina
Yas Marina, encapsulated by the Yas Marina Circuit, is a great place to while away those after-race hours. There are a variety of eateries, from the Spanish flavours of Diablito to the burgers and wings of Stars and Bars.
There really is something to keep everyone happy at Yas Marina. Italian fine dining venue Cipriani is not to be missed with its well-crafted dishes and excellent views across the Marina and race circuit. We also recommend the brand-new Greek restaurant Ela-Ela for those looking for a Mediterranean twist.
In addition to Yas Marina’s culinary delights, you’ll be at the heart of the action. There will be live entertainment, including a brass band and laser show, as well as pop-up installations featuring Peroni and Aston Martin, and so much more.
Dining options in the Al Raha Beach Area
Just across the water from Yas Bay is the residential area of Al Raha Beach. There are a number of good dining options available, from Nando’s in Al Zeina to Emirati restaurant Meylas in Al Muneera.
Another option is the wonderful Desert Lotus Thai restaurant in Al Bandar. The area is accessible by bus and taxi from Yas Island as well as a water taxi from Yas Bay.
Eating at Yas Mall
For a variety of budget-friendly options and some fancier eateries, head to Yas Mall. There’s a large food court with a variety of international favourites (KFC, McDonald’s, Burger King to name a few) as well as a premium burger joint, Shake Shack.
For those that love big portions, check out The Cheesecake Factory, or head to the cascade dining area, where you will find the Texas Roadhouse, Rainforest Cafe, and many other diverse places to eat.
Lazy F1 Days in Abu Dhabi
Maybe you’re all raced out and fancy a day, or even a few hours away from the race track. Whilst sightseeing or shopping at one of Abu Dhabi’s many extravagant malls is always an option, here are some more relaxing options closer to the track.
Day Dream at Sun Deck, W Hotel
Open from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm across the F1 weekend, sun deck is the place to be to soak up the sun in the midst of the action. There will be numerous DJs spinning the decks and cocktails, floaties, and slushies to keep you cool. Note that in 2022 there was a minimum spend of 325 AED applicable per person on food and beverages over the race weekend. Reservations must be made in advance.
Cafe Del Mar, Yas Bay
Just a short distance from Yas Marina circuit is Yas Bay, a cosmopolitan dining hub centred around the Hilton Hotel. Here, you will also find an Ibiza-style beach club, Cafe Del Mar. Soak in the sun and enjoy finely crafted cocktails or cool off in the natural style infinity pool with its views over Yas Bay, whilst listening to chilled-out beats.
Over 21s only.
A more economical beach club option can be found at Yas Beach. There is a large expanse of white coral sand dotted with sunbeds and cabanas with views over the water towards the mangroves.
There are bars and restaurants as well as sun-bed service. Most guests staying at the Yas Plaza hotels should receive complimentary passes for Yas Beach. Otherwise, the fee is AED 100 for adults at the weekend.
Cultural Events over the F1 Abu Dhabi Weekend
Other than racing and dining, a whole host of other things are happening in the Capital over the F1 weekend.
- For more information about cultural events, festivals, and performances taking place in Abu Dhabi this December, click here.
- The public art exhibition Manar Abu Dhabi has opened this week, bringing spectacular light displays to coastal destinations across the city – see our complete guide on how to visit all these installations (18 November 2023 to 30 January 2024).
- There’s much more to Abu Dhabi than all of the glitz and glamour that comes with the big race weekend. These are our top “mustn’t miss” cultural attractions in Abu Dhabi to get on your bucket list.
- To find out more, take a look at our homepage, where you will find links to what you really shouldn’t miss on your trip to Abu Dhabi.
Where to stay near the Grand Prix track
Are you still planning to attend the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2024?
There’s no denying last-minute bookings close to Yas Marina Circuit aren’t going to come cheap, but have a long around here for availability on the dates of your visit to Abu Dhabi:
Alternatively, staying in Dubai and travelling between the two cities is also a viable option, with taxis and private hire car services such as Get Transfer readily on hand to service your needs.
We have a complete guide to transiting between Abu Dhabi and Dubai here.
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