Art in Motion: Abu Dhabi F1(TM) Circuit Unveiled at Emirates Palace

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - Abu Dhabi Motorsports
Management (ADMM) today proudly unveiled Yas Marina Circuit, the home of the
Formula 1(TM) Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, in an unique Art Exhibition
at the Emirates Palace, where it will remain until the end of November.

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    His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu
Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, was amongst VIP
guests and regional and international media who attended the opening of a
unique exhibition showcasing Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit.
    The exhibition features a selection of images of Yas Marina Circuit's
facilities that have been transformed into pieces of art. Philippe Gurdjian,
CEO of ADMM and the project's creative director, guided guests through
distinctive features of a track that is set to become a highlight of the
Formula 1(TM) race calendar from 2009.
    Highlights of the exhibition include the stunning Yas Marina Hotel with
the track running right through it, the Sun Tower 60 metres above the track
allowing VIP guests the perfect view of the action and the Marina with a Yacht
Club. The Yas Marina Circuit is being developed by ALDAR Properties as part of
the overall development of Yas Island.
    Speaking at the event, His Excellency Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak,
Chairman of ADMM said: "Yas Marina Circuit represents a significant investment
in leading edge sporting infrastructure. It is a state-of-the-art piece of
engineering, design and construction. The circuit and its surrounding
footprint join an expanding collection of home-grown initiatives that will
positively change the shape of Abu Dhabi in the months and years ahead. It has
therefore been conceived, designed, and is currently being built according to
the particular needs and features of the city in which it will belong."
    Guests were able to review the centrepiece of the display, an interactive
scale model of the track. In addition to showing the Formula 1(TM) track and
its iconic landmark elements, the model also showcases Yas Marina Circuit's
many other facilities such as the Karting Track, Dragstrip, Business Park,
Team Buildings and all the circuit's innovative Grandstands.
    Speaking on behalf of ALDAR Properties, Chairman Ahmed Al Sayegh said:
"The Yas Marina Circuit is a cornerstone of the development of Yas Island. The
unique tourist destination will complement scores of residential, business,
retail, and other community-oriented projects that will contribute to Abu
Dhabi's long-term development. The Yas Marina Circuit is a particularly
exciting project for ALDAR to deliver, because of its global significance and
its innovative and intricate design."
    Commenting on the launch, Philippe Gurdjian, ADMM CEO, said: "Yas Marina
Circuit took over my life more than a year ago, and now I'm very proud that
Abu Dhabi can present one of the most sophisticated Formula 1(TM) race tracks
in the World. A hotel which spans the track, a marina with a beautiful yacht
club, and with grandstands which are 100% completely covered - this has never
been seen before."
    The exhibition will remain on display in Emirates Palace until November
30th. A specially created mobile version of the exhibition now heads east to
Shanghai, where it will be located in the heart of the Formula 1(TM) Paddock
at the Shanghai International Circuit and will be opened to the F1(TM)
community from Friday morning onwards.

    Notes to Editors

    About Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management (ADMM)

    ADMM L.L.C. is a joint venture between the Government of Abu Dhabi and
ALDAR Properties PJSC, the leading developer in the Emirate. Incorporated in
the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the company has been established to oversee the
construction of Yas Marina Circuit, home of the 2009 Formula 1(TM) Etihad
Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and the successful ongoing operations of the
    ADMM will manage the Circuit's racing properties as well as all other
facilities on the Circuit grounds, including the drag strip, and karting.
ADMM's management team, consisting of leading industry professionals, is
committed to delivering a world-class and state-of-the-art motor sport venue.

    About ALDAR Properties PJSC

    ALDAR Properties PJSC is undertaking multi-billion Dirham civic projects
to help develop Abu Dhabi, the capital emirate of the United Arab Emirates,
into an international business magnet and tourist destination. As the
Emirate's premier real estate development, management and investment company,
ALDAR' is creating unique and prestigious developments that can be used as a
benchmark of quality, whilst adhering to the cultural and natural heritage of
the city.
    Since launching in 2005, the company has announced assignments worth more
than $72 billion USD, in a property development portfolio diverse in scope and
style, attracting considerable worldwide interest and inward investment.
    The current property portfolio includes the Al Raha Beach development
"the Ultimate Waterfront City", Yas Island, the Central Market, and a host of
major developments and re-developments within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
    ALDAR are the development company in charge of building the Yas Marina
Circuit which forms an integral part of the larger Yas Island development. The
Yas Island project covers an area of 25km2 and is set to become a cornerstone
of Abu Dhabi's fast growing tourism industry. In addition to the racing
circuit, the development will include Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, a Warner Bros.
Theme Park, five-star and boutique hotels, a water park, 356000 square meters
of retail space, golf courses, marinas, restaurants, various entertainment
facilities and luxurious residential property.

For further information:

For further information: Thomas Hofmann, Executive Communications
Director, Yas Marina Circuit, Tel: +971(0)2-4100-823, Mobile:
+971(0)50-584-1551, Email:; Liz Brooks,
International Media Manager, Yas Marina Circuit, Tel: +971(0)2-4100-824,
Mobile: +971(0)50-584-0950, Email:; Claire Furnell,
Press Officer, Yas Marina Circuit, Tel: +971(0)2-4100-817, Mobile:
+971(0)50-584-0330, Email:

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