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FORMULA 1™ ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX TICKETS GO ON SALE GLOBALLY

12 March 2012

Dynamic all-inclusive destination packages available for the first time

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority

Tickets to one of the most anticipated and exciting sporting events on the international calendar, the 2012 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which runs November 2-4 2012, go on sale on Sunday 25 March 2012.

It is anticipated that, now in its fourth year, the weekend will again host a sell-out crowd with 50,000 spectators gathering at Yas Marina Circuit to watch the excitement.

In addition to a new ticket structure released, Yas Marina Circuit, the Grand Prix organiser, has teamed up with Etihad Airways, the award-winning national airline of the UAE, to deliver a series of all-inclusive flight, hotel and race weekend packages to entice regional and international motorsport fans and international leisure and entertainment seekers. Full details of these and all other available packages can be found at www.yasmarinacircuit.ae or www.etihadracing.com.

“The all-inclusive options enable visitors to experience the best of Abu Dhabi during the most exciting week of the year,” said Richard Cregan, Chief Executive Officer, Yas Marina Circuit. “We work very hard to raise the bar every year, and believe we are offering the most innovative race and entertainment packages out there. Families and visitors of all ages will not be disappointed.”

The destination-driven packages are offered in three categories – Luxury & Lifestyle, Entertainment Seekers and Motorsport Fans – with a view to targeting as many niche sectors as possible. A range of upgrades and add-ons are also available.

Leveraging the core attraction of Grand Prix weekend action, the travel packages are designed to encompass the best of Abu Dhabi’s increasingly diverse tourism portfolio. Ranging from value to luxury, the packages will include a number of city-based tours, wide-ranging leisure activities and varied accommodation options at both city and beachfront resorts.

“Since the first race in 2009, the Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has grown in popularity each year, cementing its status as a must-see event on the international sporting calendar,” said James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Airways. “We look forward to bringing more of the world to Abu Dhabi to experience first-hand this dynamic event and world class-destination.”

Race-goers are being offered a variety of seating and hospitality upgrades available for the first time, allowing them to tailor-make their race weekend experience – including Marina Club and South Club upgrades. On the corporate sales front, Yas Viceroy Hotel Private Suites & Terrace Tickets and Marina Grandstand Boxes are available again.

In another first for 2012, the popular Australian V8 Supercars series will be the official F1™ support race. Fans of this bumper-to-bumper series can buy select seating packages granting exclusive weekend access to the V8 Supercar pits and drivers. Marina Grandstand Boxes also provide access to the V8 Supercar pits and drivers.

Beyond the on-track action, F1™ ticket holders will be able to enjoy a wider entertainment programme in the Oasis areas behind the Grandstands, while the Yasalam after-race concerts of world class acts will once again draw F1™ ticket holders to the neighbouring Yas Arena after the days’ on-track action. Previous Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekends have seen world-class acts such as Sir Paul McCartney, Beyoncé, Kings of Leon, Aerosmith, Britney Spears and Linkin Park perform to crowds in excess of 30,000 per night. With free concerts on the Corniche, celebration events taking place across the city, and plans under way for more exclusive F1™ ticket-holder only entertainment, the Capital is gearing up once more for an action packed F1™ week.

All race weekend tickets are available ithrough: Hala Abu Dhabi (Etihad Airways’ destination management company), TRAVEL F1.com, BookF1.com, Motor Passion LTD Thomas Cook Sport and Profile F1 Tickets.

About Yas Marina Circuit

Yas Marina Circuit is probably one of the world's most iconic sporting venues. Located on Yas Island, the circuit debuted on October 30, 2009 with the final race of the FIA Formula One World Championship - the inaugural Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to a capacity crowd of around 50,000. Year round, Yas Marina Circuit hosts an extensive programme of leading international and national motorsport racing series as well as major entertainment events and corporate activities. Supplementary facilities include the Yas Drag Racing Centre, the Yas Racing School and the Yas Kartzone.

About Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction which enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The authority manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programmes relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The authority supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate’s heritage. A key authority role is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.

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