We had the privilege of being able to make a short visit to the Yas Marina Circuit Drag Racing Facility in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, back in late December 2012.
Yas Island is a popular tourist destination spot near Abu Dhabi City in the UAE, housing attractions like Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld. For gearheads, the biggest destination on the island is the Yas Marina Circuit, which hosts the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix since 2009. On the grounds of the Circuit is the Yas Marina Drag Racing facility, which in our eyes (no offense to our track owner friends in the USA), is the nicest drag racing facility we’ve ever visited.
Inside the racing facility, besides the annual Formula 1 race, many activities keep visitors busy. After Drag Racing, we hit the on-site Go Kart track for some road racing of our own. Visitors to the track are able to participate in many on-track experiences, from their 3-seat dragster, renting an Aston Martin for a track day, or riding along with a professional driver on the Formula 1 track.
Drag Racing in the Middle East kicks off in late December each year, and runs through to May, before the weather conditions become too hot for racing. We had the pleasure of being able to watch and cover the first race of the season at Yas Marina, the Pro Drag Racing Series. Be sure to check out our photo galleries from the event – be ready to be impressed on the facility itself, from the bleacher seats to the scenery, it is truly amazing.
We put together a short video that features a drive through the Yas Marina property to the Drag Strip, and some of the racing action. Check it out on Youtube!
Special thanks to Tariq Zuroub, Communications Executive at Yas Marina, as well as the entire Yas Marina staff for their hospitality and welcoming us to their world class facility.