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Yas Island is on the edge of Abu Dhabi City and is a man-made sand island, covering an area of 1,700 hectares.
High class lagoon hotels, a water park, a retail area and Ferrari World Theme Park are also being built there, to attract world-wide tourism, to a high quality location.
One of the most prominent land-marks on the Yas Marina Circuit is the visually stunning Yas Hotel, a superb 5 star hotel costing £800 million, which has an unique rounded T shape and a striking, highly attractive, overhanging roof, covered in blue panel lights, which move in a wave-like sequence, controlled by computer. As the evening closed in, half way through the race, the moving blue lights of the Yas Hotel roof provided spectators and television viewers with a spectacular sight.
The Grand Prix circuit passes under the T shaped structure of the hotel and has been carefully designed to suit both live spectators in the Stands and television viewers around the world, as it snakes around the perimeter of the beautiful, irregularly-shaped marina, with its expensive yachts.
Abu Dhabi, the oil-rich capital of the United Arab Emirates, [UAE], realising the high profile of Formula 1 globally, and its marketing potential, has clearly pulled out all the stops to impress the world with this new Formula 1 circuit, and has certainly succeeded in doing that. Motor racing aficionados are already fulsome in its praise.
The names of National Abu Dhabi companies like the Grand Prix's main sponsor, Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi's national airline, and the Government's investment arm Mubadala, were prominently displayed all around the track. This is a fantastic shop window for Abu Dhabi, with huge spin-offs, as well, for neighbouring UAE member, Dubai, which has a vast number of high quality hotels, shopping malls and tourist attractions to cater for international tourists.
Dubai and Abu Dhabi are great stop-off points, from two days to a week, on long distance flights between Australia and Europe, or South East Asia and Europe.
To return to the first ever Abu Dhabi Grand Prix; it was led, for about half the race, by British driver, and the 2008 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, the favourite to win in his McLaren Mercedes. But then he, disappointingly, had to retire early because of a mechanical problem with the right rear brakes.
From that point on, the race was led by Sebastian Vettel of Germany in his Red Bull team car, who had been trailing Lewis Hamilton for half the race.
Vettel eventually won and was followed by Australia's Mark Webber into second place, driving another Red Bull car!! Third was the man who has recently won the Formula One World championship for 2009, Jenson Button of the UK, driving a Brawn.
Button fought a terrifically exciting battle with Webber over the last few laps, as he tried to overtake to take second place but Webber managed to hold him off.
In fourth place in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was Rubens Barichello, also in a Brawn GP; in fifth was German driver, Nick Heidfeld in a BMW and in sixth was rising star Kamui Kobayashi who impressed yet again in his Toyota. He is one to watch for the future!
So, Jenson Button deserves everyone's congratulations for lifting the Formula 1 World Championship for the first time in 2009.
He had a terrific first half to the Grand Prix season in his Brawn, before Red Bull, in particular, gained ground in the second half.
Runner-up in the 2009 World Championship is Abu Dhabi Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettell.
Correspondingly, Brawn take the manufacturers title, with 172 points, followed by Red Bull with 153.5 points. Red Bull would obviously wish that the championship commenced half way through!!
The Abu Dhabi emirate government is to be congratulated for providing such a superb new Formula 1 circuit.
The design of the wonderful Yas Marina Circuit is visually stunning and exciting and the facilities look to be superb. It is bound to become a firm favourite on the Formula One calendar.
It is hoped to improve the capacity in 2010 to accommodate 70,000 spectators.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is a fantastic, high profile event for Abu Dhabi, which will bring the city....and the emirate... to the notice of the world.
Well done Abu Dhabi!!!