A Brief History of the Track itself.

The FIA sanctioned Dubai Autodrome boasts a captivating history, rooted in the ambition to create a world-class motorsport destination in the heart of the United Arab Emirates.

Conceived as part of the ambitious Dubai Motor City development, the Autodrome was designed to be a premier venue for motorsport enthusiasts from around the globe. Its inception traces back to the early 2000s, with construction commencing in the same period.

The renowned architectural firm Populous and the distinguished circuit designer Clive Bowen of Apex Circuit Design collaborated to bring the vision of the Dubai Autodrome to life. Their expertise culminated in a state-of-the-art facility spanning 5.39 kilometers (3.349 miles), featuring an array of challenging corners and straightaways that test the skills of drivers across various racing disciplines.

In October 2004, the Dubai Autodrome officially opened its gates to the world, marking the beginning of a new era in motorsport for the region. Its inaugural event, the final round of the LG Super Racing Weekend, featuring the final rounds of the FIA GT Championship, European Touring Car Championship and 2004 Formula Renault V6 Eurocup season and set the stage for the adrenaline-pumping action that would become synonymous with the circuit.The venue hosted the December 2005 A1 Grand Prix and the FIA GT Championship from 2004 to 2006. The track record at the longest configuration was set by Kamui Kobayashi (DAMS) with a time of 1:41.220 in a GP2 Asia car.

Over the years, the Autodrome has played host to an impressive array of prestigious events, cementing its status as a cornerstone of motorsport in the Middle East. From the A1 Grand Prix and the FIA GT Championship and Since 2006 the Autodrome has been home to the Dubai 24 Hour, a GT, sports car and touring car automobile endurance race open to both professional and semi-professional teams., the circuit has witnessed the triumphs and challenges of some of the world's most talented drivers and teams.

Some of the world's most famous drivers have driven competitively or visited the circuit including Formula One champions Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen, and Jenson Button.

Dubai Autodrome has deliberately positioned itself as the home of UAE national motorsport. The goal to develop and promote UAE motor racing at national level. Through initiatives like the Dubai Automobile & Motorcycle Club (DAMC), the venue has provided a platform for aspiring racers to hone their skills and compete on a national and international stage. It has hosted races for: UAE Touring Car Championship, UAE GT Championship, NGK Racing Series, UAE Clio Cup and UAE Sportbikes Championship. Other local and regional race series that have visited the circuit include: Trofeo Maserati, Radical Cup, Porsche Cup Middle East, Suzuki Swift Cup and Formula Gulf 1000. The highlight of the motorsport calendar for local racing has been the Dubai Motorsport Festival, at the circuit which takes, on a distinctly local flavour with the catch phrase being: a celebration of UAE motorsport.

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Convenience, speed, and new, modern facilities are just some of the advantages offered at Dubai International airport and Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central. With over 7,000 weekly flights operated by 125 airlines from 260 destinations on every continent (except Antarctica), you have a wide range of options to choose from when flying to Dubai.
Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB) is the largest hub in the Middle East and the home base of Dubai's flag carrier Emirates and its low-cost wing FlyDubai. In fact, it has grown at such a furious pace that the present terminals are bursting at the seams, especially during the peak hours around midnight.
The Dubai International Airport has three terminals and another one in the making as of end 2010.

  • Terminal 1 is the main terminal, used by most major airlines and long-haul flights.
  • Terminal 2 serves regional and low-cost flights, including all FlyDubai flights.
  • Terminal 3 is used exclusively by Emirates.
  • Dubai International Airport

    Abu Dhabi and its international airport is only an hour away from Dubai. UBER and Local taxi cost around £60-90 depending on who you use. Its an option worth looking at if you travelling to multiple events between Yas Marina and Dubai Autodrome.
    Having the Abu Dhabi International Airport adjacent to yas Marina Circuit makes the track easily accessible.
    Having undergone a recent redevelopment, the airport offers flights to 50 international destinations.

    Abu Dhabi Airport

    Dubai Autodrome is located in Motorcity, where Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (formerly known as Emirates Road) meets Umm Suquiem Road at the Arabian Ranches roundabout, around 20 minutes from Dubai city centre. Follow the signs for Motorcity from all directions. Dubai's international airport is a 30 minute drive away.

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    Taxi: Most visitors will opt for public taxis from the airport, which are readily available just outside arrivals, which use the meter and start at Dhs 25. Taxis are on the left when you come out of terminal 1.
    Public transport: Terminals 1 and 3 are served by the Dubai Metro. There are also buses just steps from the baggage claim, the most useful for visitors being lines 401 and 402 (Dhs 3), which go to the Al Sabkha and Al Ghubaiba bus terminals respectively.

    Getting Around.

    A daily pass valid for unlimited rides on the metro and buses for all zones costs Dh22 (Red Ticket Dh2 + Day Pass Dh20, as of Feb 2018), while the Nol Silver stored-value card costs Dh25 (including Dh19 worth of balance) and gives a 10% discount on both metro and bus fares. Both are available at metro stations and major bus stations. The Silver card is useful for public transport users who are planning on taking more than 6 trips on any of the services during their stay. After 6 trips, one starts saving money compared to the Red ticket due to the 10% discount.

    Card type Price Notes
    Red ticket Dh 2 Rechargeable ticket; suitable for tourists, it lasts for 90 days however should only be used in one type of transport, can be used for 10 journeys. All 10 journeys must have the same fare.
    Silver card Dh 20 (Dh 14 value) Rechargeable ticket, valid for 5 years. Recommended if staying for more than a day.
    Gold card Dh 20 (Dh 14 value) Rechargeable ticket, can be used in Gold Class. Gold Class journeys cost twice as much as regular journeys.
    Blue card Dh 70 Personalized card, with online services like transaction history and online recharge.

    By metro

    Dubai's 52-km long Red Line: While the line does not serve the old city center, it's handy for zipping along Dubai's Sheikh Zayed Road and includes stops at the airport, Burj Khalifa and the Mall of the Emirates.
    The Green Line, which burrows through the city core,.
    Transfers are possible at Union Square and Khalid Bin Al Waleed. There are also Blue and Purple lines under construction with opening dates in the next few years.

    Single tickets range from Dh2-8.50, or double that for use of the "Gold" first class carriage. Train run every 3-5 minutes from 5:50 AM to Midnight every day except Thursday and Friday, when services are extended to 5:50 AM to 1 AM and limited to 1 PM to Midnight, respectively. All stations are air-conditioned and there's a large network of feeder buses. Trains run every 2 minutes during morning and evening rush hour.

    By monorail

    In addition, a 5 km monorail system shuttles passengers across the Palm Jumeirah to the Atlantis hotel, but it's not yet connected to the metro network and is thus of very limited utility.

    By tram

    The Dubai Tram links Dubai Marina with the Burj Al Arab and JBR. The tram interchanges with Jumeirah Lakes Towers Station and Dubai Marina Station of the Dubai Metro's Red Line.

    Services operate every six minutes from 06:30 to 01:38. On Fridays, the service starts at 09:00. The tram has a fixed fare of AED 3 per ride regardless of the distance travelled. A Nol Card can be used by passengers to check-in and check-out of the tram by scanning the card at the platform screen doors.

    By bus

    Dubai has an extensive public bus network, which is a cheaper means of travelling within the several districts in Dubai. A map of the bus system can be found online, as well as detailed route maps and timetables. Public buses are clean and cheap, but unfortunately not very comprehensive and (on some routes) quite infrequent. The bus system is most useful for getting between different areas of central Dubai, or between the various suburbs, rather than general transport. Taxis or a fair amount of walking will also be required if you wish to visit Dubai without a car of your own.
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    You will require a Nol card or ticket for fare payment. Cards could be purchased from most bus stations, metro stations, and sometimes from the bus driver. The main bus stations are Gold Souq Market (in Deira) and Al Ghubaiba bus station (in Bur Dubai). The flat fare is 2 AED, but might be higher for hour-long rides to distant suburbs.
    Clear route maps and time-tables are placed inside a few bus stands. Ramadan timings differ. The front seats are reserved for women.
    Probably the single most useful service for the casual tourist is Line 8, which starts at the Gold Souq, takes the tunnel under the Creek to Heritage Village, and then sets off down Jumeirah Rd (just behind the beach) and all its hotels and malls, up to Burj al-Arab and Wild Wadi. Line 8 terminates near the Internet City, while its 8A variant goes down a little further and also serves the Mall of the Emirates.

    For a good, hop on - hop off, type tour try the Big Bus Company. It runs two routes; the blue route through Jumeirah and the recently constructed areas, and the red route centering on the older parts of Dubai. The hub for both routes is Wafi City mall, and an 175 AED ticket covers 24 hours of riding.

    By taxi

    Taxis ply the streets of Dubai and are relatively easy to spot. The easiest place to find them is at the taxi queue at one of the malls or outside a hotel. Waving down a taxi on the road is possible, but can be difficult during rush hours. Taxi drivers are pretty good at knowing where the main shopping malls and hotels are, however less well known places will mean the driver calling to get directions.
    It also helps to know exactly what place you are going to rather than to ask for the nearest whatever-it-is (hotel, Metro stop, etc.), as they might drive farther in order to charge you a higher fare.

    Taxis are metered at 1.75 dhs/km, so no haggling is necessary. From the airport, there is a standing charge of 25 dhs; all other street pickups attract a standing charge of 5.00 dhs during the day, 5.50 at night (10 PM-6AM), but a minimum fare of 10 dhs applies, and there is a surcharge of 20 dhs for going to Sharjah. Taxis are not exempt from the Salik road toll charges which costs an additional 4 Dh. Beware of unmarked hotel taxis and limousines though: while some of these are metered, they are not tied to the official rates, and can be much more expensive. One way to spot whether a taxi is official or not is to look for a meter: no meter, don't get in.
    Solo women are advised to travel in the back of the taxi as some drivers see it as a sexual invitation if you get in the front.

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