Home >> Yas Marina Circuit: History, Things to Do, Best Time to Visit & More
Yas Marina Circuit: History, Things to Do, Best Time to Visit & More

Yas Marina Circuit: History, Things to Do, Best Time to Visit & More

Are you planning to have a look at the Yas Marina Circuit where you can enjoy the view of racing courses for the best racing cars? While you are here, you may also go for kart racing or walk around the ultramodern race track which is one of the best in the world. You may even call for a challenge at the drag racing contest on a Drag night. Lovers of motor sports and adventure should find this an enthralling adventure.

Driving the challenging cars and thus testing your limits as it runs over 200 kilometres per hour. It is one of the most advanced tracks in the world in terms of technology. It is also the seat where the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is held. So, why wait? Let’s head for the Yas Marina Circuit while we visit the Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.


The plan to transform Yas Island into a tourist spot was made in the year 2006. A lion’s share of the plan was about developing the 5.5-kilometre race track. Gradually the Yas Marina Circuit came into being while the project was completed in 2009. The Yas Marina Circuit is the largest sports arena. The surface of this sports track is made of graywackeaggregrate, which came to Abu Dhabi from a quarry in Shropshire England. The designer of the circuit is Hermann Tilke.


The Yas Marina Circuit is located centrally in Yas Island, conveniently close to the Abu Dhabi International Airport.

How to reach Yas Marina Circuit?

The best and the fastest way to reach Yas Island by taxi will take you 22 minutes and the cost is AED 60 – 75. There is no direct bus service from Abu Dhabi to Yas Island.

  • It will take twenty-eight minutes from Abu Dhabi Corniche to the Yas Marina Circuit. You can go along Corniche Street and then reach Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Highway, E 12, across the Saadiyat Island and then join the Al Falah Road. Then leave the road to follow Al Athari Street and follow the signs to reach your destination.
  • From Saadiyat Island to Yas Marina Circuit it should take you 23 minutes. Join the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Highway, E 12, and then take the highway towards the east and just before taking the AlFalah Road, follow the signs to reach the venue.
  • From Abu Dhabi International Airport, it takes only 10 minutes by car. Go along Al Khaleej Arabi Street, take right at Al Rahah Street and then go on to the Yas Dr Street in Yas Plaza, the Yas Marina Circuit is right in front.

Tickets Price?

  • The Official Tours at the Yas Marina Circuit costs AED 130 and AED 65 for children.

Nearby Places to Visit

If you want to take a break from the tracks at Yas Marina Circuit, you may visit the nearby attractions.

1. Etihad Arena

  • The Etihad Arena covers an area of 18000 seat arena indoor.
  • This houses various entertainment and sports events, musical programmes and so on.
  • This is the largest venue for all purposes in the middle east.
  • It is a cultural landmark, built with the most top-notch technologies.
  • You may take a walk along the waterfront, the path being 3 kilometres long.
  • Go to the restaurants, kiosks and cafes and enjoy fine dining and going on a shopping spree.
  • Some of the most sensational events take place here.

2. Yas Waterworld

  • The racetrack fever at the Yas Marina Circuit can be cooled off at the Yas Waterworld which is a water theme park.
  • Ride the forty slides, wave machines and the amazing rides.
  • This place is inspired by the pearl diving heritage of UAE.
  • Enjoy an immersive experience in the slides, 45 rides and attraction and also the seasonal events, shows.
  • It promises enthralling experiences combining the aquatic experience with the local cultural activities.

3. Louvre Abu Dhabi

  • The best museum in UAE, the Louvre was born in association with the Government of France and Abu Dhabi.
  • It is a collection of historic works along with works of modern contemporary artists.
  • The Louvre Museum presents works of art having cultural, sociological and historical bearings.
  • The kids find the children’s museum very useful and enlightening.
  • The museum also houses boutique, restaurant, café and an auditorium.
  • Designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel and interior furnishes by Poltrona Frau Custom Interiors, the place has a majestic presence that attracts common visitors and art critics from all over the world.

4. Yas Marina

  • The Yas Marina presents an immaculate shoreline at Abu Dhabi where you can relax and feel as sense of relaxation and peace.
  • It is a very happening spot with lots of entertainment all around the place.
  • Take a leisurely stroll at the docks.
  • Go for a kayaking adventure at the sea all lined up with date palms and mangroves.
  • Grab a bit at the food stalls near the waterside.
  • Enjoy at the sports lounge while sipping a drink.
  • The sea food meal at the aquarium while enjoying the seascapes is alluring.
  • Get a taste of the most coveted Italian cuisine at the Cipriani restaurant.
  • Enjoy sailing at the Marina.
  • Go on a seaplane tour and enjoy a bird’s eye view of Abu Dhabi.

5. CLYMB™ Abu Dhabi 

  • This is the world’s biggest skydiving station and the region’s tallest wall too.
  • If you are looking for a pure adrenaline rush, you can never miss out on flying in the world’s widest indoor chambers for skydiving.
  • It is 10 metres wide and 25 metres high chamber for flight where you can enjoy the free fall.
  • You may reach The SUMMYT which is the tallest wall indoors going up to a height of 43 metres.
  • You may also choose the 5 top climbing routes.
  • Enjoy shopping at the outlets along with some great dining experience.

6. Yas Beach

  • Yas Beach is a popular destination with its pristine white sand beaches, aquamarine water that is clear as crystal and a wide range of outdoor activities,
  • Kayaking, sailing and snorkelling are the activities here.
  • Sports enthusiasts may involve in football and volleyball on the beach.
  • Sun bathing on the beach is a great option.
  • Kayaking, jet skiing, sailing boating and a plethora of water sports and activities keep you busy.
  • The view of the mangrove surroundings around are enthralling.
  • Rent a chalet on the beach and enjoy quiet time there.
  • Have gourmet food at the beach shacks, restaurants, cafes and kiosks

7. Yas Mall

  • Yas Mall is the largest shopping malls in the region.
  • It houses over 370 stores and a great place for shopaholics and buyers and sellers.
  • You can get a deluge of perfumes, clothing, homeware, boutique goods and so on.
  • The KidZania for children is a great attraction as it is the largest indoor playground in the world.
  • Visit the games and candy stores here.
  • Delicious cuisine is on the spread at Black Tap, Al Fanar and P.F. Chang’s.
  • Watch a movie at the cinemas.

8. MAD

  • It is the largest nightclub and also a venue for the avantgarde musical events.
  • Some of the world music is performed here by the greatest groups.
  • Exotic interiors, giant LED screen, top-notch DJ arrangements and associated with the best technology this is one of the top-ranking platforms for music projection to a live audience.
  • Enjoy the live performances and go for themed parties here.

9. Yas Bay

  • Amazing waterfront destination to the south of Yas Island.
  • It is also the premier and the most popular waterfront tourist spots.
  • Plush cafes with coffee shops are great places to retire and retreat enjoying the waterfront views.

10. Ferrari World

  • Ferrari World is a theme park in Abu Dhabi with exquisite rides to keep your adrenaline rush ongoing.
  • You may experience the fastest roller coaster here.
  • Over 40 record breaking rides and thrilling games to keep you going.


So, if you are looking to enjoy the adventure and motorsports, Yas Marina Circuit is worth a visit. Enjoy looking at the race courses and also get to drive the most advanced racing cars to add to the fun. Kart Racing is also a great experience to gather here. You may also get professional training at racing at the racing school here.

Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published.