UAE: Motorsport and a whole lot more

Ross Gibson

during practice for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 25, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

2017 has been an exciting year for motorsport in the UAE and the best is still to come….

Starting off in January with a bang we had the Hankook 24H Series, an impressive endurance race. Then in March we had the Dubai International Baja which proved a very thrilling spectacle. Coming up we have the Dubai International Motor Show, a real treat for anyone who appreciates a nice chassis. And of course, we have the big one… the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2017.

So what can you expect when from the UAE when it plays host to this prestigious event? Well, being the last race of the season you know that this will be an incredible experience. As the drivers battle it out the tension will be running very high and the atmosphere will be absolutely phenomenal. Whatever happens on the track though, you know that off the track you’ll always receive great hospitality from the UAE.

The restaurant scene here is exceptional so if the smell of fumes gets a little too much you can take your pick of delicious places to go and treat yourself in. The Dubai Mall, to take but one example, is crammed full of fantastic eateries. You can expect everything here from gourmet shawarmas to American style street food and elegant French pastries. You can even get this great quality food delivered, so if it’s a relaxing evening in after a tiring day, or a bit of site-seeing away from the circuit you’ll always have the best food readily available.

Talking of site-seeing, it would be madness not to enjoy some of UAE’s highlights alongside the racing. There’s the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, which it goes without saying offers some marvellous views for miles around. Apart from this it’s a really impressive piece of engineering, standing at a staggering 828 metres.

Another unmissable site is the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, which provides a calming moment of respite away from the thrills and spills of the racing. In spite of its spiritual nature, the building still has its fair share of glamour with its impressively ornamented interiors, minarets and domes.

Finally there’s one bucket list sort of experience that can definitely be ticked off here: camel riding. Renowned for their amusing, if sometimes shirty, characters, camels offer the one of the best ways to see the region. It may not be a top-of-the-range helicopter ride, but this good old fashioned mode of transport is quite unique and really gives you the feel of where the UAE came from before it was the sophisticated and sleek place it is today.

So if you’re in town for the Motor Show or the Grand Prix next month then don’t forget to take advantage of all that the UAE has to offer. From fine-dining to camel rides, it’s quite a place!