Abu Dhabi played host to the Red Bull Air Race for the 10th time in 2017! Once again it set the scene as the action-packed season opener for a brand new World Championship. The Red Bull Air Race kicked off in style, offering fans the perfect racing destination with plenty to see, do and experience away from racetrack.
The race, which is the 75th of the sport’s history, took place over the Arabian Gulf’s stunning blue waters and fans were able to witness all the action from the purpose-built race village on the Corniche breakwater. With unrivalled views of the race and the UAE capital’s impressive skyline, the arena was an entertainment focal point for all the family.
When the high speed, low altitude racing is over for the day, Abu Dhabi still has plenty to offer – from Yas Island, home to the iconic Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Arabia’s award-winning mega waterpark, Yas Waterworld, to authentic desert experiences, majestic pearl journeys, championship golf courses and unrivalled shopping destinations. And for those wanting to get up close to the action, Abu Dhabi’s Corniche boasts eight kilometres of pristine beachfront, giving fans a front row seat in breathtaking surroundings.
ABOUT RED BULL AIR RACE
The Red Bull Air Race World Championship is an official World Championship, accredited by the FAI – The World Air Sports Federation. Since it was officially launched, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship has become globally renowned as the fastest and most exhilarating motorsport on the planet. Devised by the Red Bull sports think-tank, the initial goal was to create the most advanced aerial challenge the world had ever seen; what has evolved into the Red Bull Air Race we know today has far exceeded any original expectations. It is a visual spectacle unlike any other. A combination of high speed, low altitude and extreme manoeuvrability make it only accessible to the world’s most exceptional pilots. 12 pilots are competing in the Master Class category in eight races across the globe for the title of 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Champion. The objective is to navigate an aerial racetrack featuring air-filled pylons in the fastest possible time, incurring as few penalties as possible. Pilots can win World Championship points at each race and the pilot with the most points after the last race of the season becomes the Red Bull Air Race World Champion.
ABOUT PRESIDENTIAL PALACE
The new Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi is a landmark project and helps to emphasize Abu Dhabi’s role as a leader within the UAE and the GCC. The Palace is utilized to house the offices of H.H. The President, H.H. The Vice President, H.H. The Crown Prince, and the Ministers. The facility serves an important role as the primary governmental facility for receiving visiting dignitaries. The location of the new Presidential Palace is Ras al Akhdar peninsula adjacent to the Emirates Palace Hotel.
The development encompasses approximately 150 hectares, and includes the Palace and the required ancillary buildings. The Palace exceeds 160000m2 of built area and contains several VIP wings, a Ministers wing, and several Majlis and Dining Halls. The Common Areas of the Palace utilizes an additional 5,614 square meters and includes a Main Entrance Hall, Main Hall, Fountain Courtyard, Media Hall, and a Press Center. The ancillary buildings, which incorporate over 23000m2, includes a Public Majlis, Mosque, Staff & Military Accommodations, a Services Compound, and various Gatehouses and Watchtowers.