Abu Dhabi Race weekend
Monday, November 21, 2016

Another exciting year in the Championship race for this year’s F1, and just like last year, the Championship will be decided at the final race of the F1 season here in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

VIPs, celebrities and the biggest names in music will be in town for the biggest weekend in the events calendar. FLASH have laid on some of the biggest names in music with an impressive line-up for the young and old alike. The du Arena will play host to the ‘after race parties’ with U.S rapper Pitbull (Thursday), electronic duo Chemical Brothers (Friday), living legend Lionel Richie (Saturday) and global superstar Rihanna closes the Sunday night.

If those concerts aren’t your thing, or you’re looking to carry on the party into the small hours, then there are a wealth of VIP parties taking place, with the chance of rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous.

Here are our recommendations for the biggest and best events taking place over the Race weekend:

MAD on Yas Island 

On Thursday, November 24, MAD on Yas Island will kick start the 2016 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yasalam Entertainment with a line-up of celebrity appearances. The weekend’s events will include special guests and live performances by T-Pain on Thursday, November 24; Sean Paul and Rita Ora on Friday, November 25; Akon & Travis Scott on Saturday, November 26 and Future on Sunday, November 27.

Line-up:
Thursday, November 24: T-Pain
Friday, November 25: Rita Ora & Sean Paul
Saturday, November 26: Travis Scott
Sunday, November 27: Future

Contact+971 55 834 6262 | reservations@madonyasisland.com

Mobilee Rooftop Abu Dhabi @ Skylite, Yas Viceroy

Mobilee Records, a leading name in Berlin’s electronic music industry, comes to Abu Dhabi on November 24 – the Grand Prix Thursday – with an exciting line-up of international DJs. The F1 Mobilee Rooftop World Tour 2016 is brought to the capital for the first time under the ‘Gorgeous Presents’ brand, known for its spectacular New Year’s Eve parties on Sydney Harbour in Australia.

Held at the Skylite Rooftop Lounge at Yas Viceroy, this is the second-last leg of the Mobilee Rooftop World Tour this year having toured some of the most exclusive venues in Copenhagen, Beirut, Los Angeles and Johannesburg before it returns to Sydney on December 31.

Line-up:
Thursday, November 24: Agoria, Anja Schneider, Roqriguez Jr., Ralf Kollman

Entrance: starting AED 249, tickets here.
Contact: +971 50 438 3366 | essentialeventsmanagement@gmail.com

Iris Yas Island

Iris Yas Island is revving up its engine for Abu Dhabi’s biggest weekend with an impressive line-up from November 24 until November 27.

Award-winning DJ Steve Lawler will kick-start the weekend on Thursday, November 24. Electronic music duo, HVOB, are set to perform on Friday, November 25 after a Sunset Session by Turkish DJ and producer, Mahmut Orhan. The WHITE Dubai Experience will return to Yas Island on Saturday, November 26, while Nic Fanciulli will close the weekend’s events on Sunday, November 27.

Opening hours at Iris Yas Island will extend to 5am over the weekend with daily entertainment including ‘Le Brunch’ from 12pm-4pm and Sunset Sessions from 5pm to 9pm each day.

Line-up:
Thursday, November 24: Steve Lawler
Friday, November 25: from 5pm Sunset Sessions with Mahmut Orhan, from 11pm Austrian band HVOB (Her Voice Over Boys)
Saturday, November 26: from 11pm WHITE Experience
Sunday, November 27: Nic Fanciulli live

Contact+971 55 160 5636 | reservations@irisabudhabi.com

After-race concerts @ Du Arena

The adrenaline never stops! Yasalam 2016 brings you three nights of After-Race Concerts at the spectacular, open-air du Arena. Showcasing a breathtaking line-up of global superstars: The Chemical Brothers, Lionel Richie and Rihanna. Heating up for the biggest Thursday of #AbuDhabiGP yet! Pitbull will take the stage on Thursday night for #Yasalam2016 After Race concerts. From pit lane to Pitbull, this performance will be open to any ticket holders

Line-up:
Thursday, November 24: Pitbull
Friday, November 25: The Chemical Brothers
Saturday, November 26: Lionel Richie
Sunday, November 27: Rihanna

Entrance: This event is exclusive to #AbuDhabiGP ticket holders. You can purchase your F1 tickets at www.yasmarinacircuit.com.

Yasalam Beats on the Beach 2016 @ Lagoon Beach, Abu Dhabi Corniche

Beats on the Beach is back, and you need to be there! Get down to the free international music festival, which will which has historically showcased an amazing line-up of talent from Jason Derulo and Fatboy Slim to J. Cole and Assi El Hellani.

Gracing the stage this year are International superstar Sean Paul, Arabian songstress Nancy Ajram, Filipino mega-star Yeng Constantino, former X-Factor Arabia finalist Adham Nabulsi, charismatic hip-hop star Travis Scott and fast-rising British urban duo Krept and Konan, plus one final act to be announced soon.

Line-up:
Thursday, November 24: Krept and Konan, Yeng Constantino
Friday, November 25: Sean Paul, Adham Nabulsi
Saturday, November 26: Nancy Ajram, Travis Scott 

Entrance: free. Doors open 6:30pm, Lagoon Beach, Abu Dhabi Corniche 

Iron Cult presents Solomun @ Du Forum

After last year's explosive F1 Race weekend party with SOLOMUN. This year they are taking it up to a whole other level! Bigger space, bigger party, bigger everything!

Line-up:
Friday, November 25: Solomun live at DU Forum

Entrance: starting AED 200, tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.ae/event/5159

Vip Room Abu Dhabi Race Weekend 2016 @ Cipriani

VIP Room, the famous club brand, prepares to host its exclusive pop-up nightclub for the 4th year running at the 2016 Formula 1® Race from 25th to the 27th November.

The pop-up venture will feature on the 3rd floor of Yas Marina Building 1, in association with international luxury and all-new restaurant concept Cipriani Yas Island, overlooking the fabulous Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Circuit.

Over the course of 3 days, this year’s celebrity bash will take the city by storm with RnB legend Drake, live DJ sets by Cadenza Records techno icon Luciano (Official Page) and American socialite, DJ and TV personality Paris Hilton.

Line-up:
Thursday, November 24:
Friday, November 25: LUCIANO & Paris Hilton,
Saturday, November 26: DRAKE & Rorrey Fenty
Sunday, November 27: DRAKE & a celebrity bash

Entrance: doors open 11pm-5am

Contact: +971528818888 | bookings@viproom-dubai.com

Amber Lounge @ Yas Links

Celebrate the last race on the F1 calendar with exhilarating post-race parties with Live Performances & the Amber Lounge Celebrity Yacht with F1 Driver appearances!

Having hosted sell-out parties across the year, Amber Lounge, The Original F1 Experience, is proud to announce British R&B superstar Jay Sean as the first headlining live act of Amber Lounge Abu Dhabi 2016 on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th of November at the fabulous Yas Links Golf Club.

Line-up:
Saturday, November 26 & Sunday, November 27: Jay Sean, live Performances & the Amber Lounge Celebrity Yacht with F1 Driver appearances.

Contact:+971 (0) 552 914 013 | abudhabi@amber-lounge.com | +377 97 77 16 34

CÎROC™ Lounge @ Skylite, Yas Viceroy

 

Fuel your excitement at Abu Dhabi’s most stylish rooftop lounge during Race Weekend. Enjoy upbeat house music as you sip on signature cocktails accompanied by delectable tapas under the sparkling light-filled canopy of Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi.

Line-up:
Friday 25 November: DJ Tim Kay
Saturday 26 November: DJ Saif and Sound
Sunday 27 November: DJ Marc Betta

Entrance: free entry, 8pm-2am

Contact: +971 2 656 0600 | dining@viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

 

The Podium Lounge @ Rush

Line-up:
Friday, November 25: MADJAM, Pre Beirut, Peppermint Experience Dubai; Miles Slater, Music Director Boujis
Saturday, November 26: Skinny Loop, Armani/Privé; Tim Kay, The List - Billionaire Club Dubai
Sunday, November 27: EROK, Official Red Bull Racing DJ; Patrick Oliver, Miami

Entrance: from 10pm; general admission Passes from AED 200; tickets: www.podiumlounge.com/ae

Tonique Aperitivo Lounge @ Yas Marina

Each year Tonique Beverage Consultancy brings a new and innovative pop up lounge concept to the race weekend. This year the open air terrace at the center of Yas Marina’s promenade will be transformed into the Terrazza Martini. Expect 3 days of non-stop entertainment at the Terrazza, mixing racing with music and Martini cocktails. 

Sophisticated DJ soundtracks and musical styles will flow throughout the Terraza creating three vibrant scenes for guests to enjoy (day/night/afterparty)”.

Line-up

Friday - Sunday, November 25 - 27:
2pm – 6m Day: DJ = Funky Lounge/Chill Beats
6pm – 7pm Sunset: Live Acoustic Trio = Sunset Session
7pm – 10pm Night: DJ = Nu Disco/Soulful House + Live Musicians
10pm - close Apres: DJ = Deep House
DJs on rotation: Kristian Valdini, Tim Kay, Jinxo & Danz, Rooman Latif

You Might Also Like //
  • 16 August

    Comedy may not be a competition, but we think you’ll struggle to pick a winner here.

  • 10 August

    'We asked for sun, sea and sand – we didn’t realize that they would send us to the desert!' - check out our interview with DNA, Hilton Corniche's very own live band!

  • 3 August

    ‘Beyond the Track’, the new project from Alchemy Project is bringing the biggest DJs in house music

  • 1 August

    DJ Stew Magoo is back to Abu Dhabi (what he calls his second home), as the resident DJ of Ray's Bar.

  • 25 July

    The new Buddha-Bar Beach concept is bound to be a massive hit in the city.

  • 5 July

    Saadiyat Beach Club is back on the party scene with the launch of their new bi-monthly night party. Set around what we at The Capital List think is the best infinity pool in the city, guests will be treated to an extravaganza of live entertainment..

  • 5 July

    Global Superstars P!NK & CALVIN HARRIS to headline the Yasalam after-race concerts at 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

  • 28 June

    Join Stars n Bars as they celebrate American Independence Day between June 30th and July 4th! Enjoy live outdoor BBQ cooking stations, Live Bands, Kids & Family Events, and DJs every day.

  • 28 June

    Housed in the old Cinnabar at the Hilton Corniche, one of the most low-key, but exciting openings happened on Sunday (25th June) with the launch of ‘POP’, the new concept from DTC Promotions, formally of RUSH Nightclub fame.

  • 3 May

    The temperature is rising and it’s time to make the most of the pool parties across the city while you can

  • 26 April

    Sheraton Abu Dhabi & Reggae Beachfest present the last revelry of the party season on May 12.

  • 19 April

    If craft brews and a barbeque is your thing, then the relaxed and comfortable surroundings of ‘The Retreat’ at the Westin could be your new home on Thursday nights.

  • 18 April

    MAD on Yas Island hosts it’s URBN Anniversary with LIVE performances by Meek Mill and Ameriie.

  • 22 March

    Grammy award-winning reggae artist Beenie Man is coming to the UAE to perform at CARIBFEST Abu Dhabi on Friday, March 31st 2017.

  • 7 March

    Nicola Warwick, the lead vocalist of the 2 time winning Time Out award winners, The International Playboys, is officially launching her original works tonight!

  • 28 February

    The latest addition to the capital’s brunch scene - Blu Sky Brunch!

  • 28 February

    Midge Ure is coming to Abu Dhabi as part of his ‘Something from Everywhere’ tour. Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd March in the Main Hall!

  • 22 February

    Hollywood actor and comedian Angelo Tsarouchas – AKA The Funny Greek – among highlights of all-star stand-up comedy tour.

  • 8 February

    Whether you’re looking to find your Romeo or Juliet this valentine's, or whether you think it’s a load of old tosh, there is a host of valentine's and anti-valentine's nights just waiting for you across the city. Check out the top 15 options in Abu Dhabi only on The Capital List.

  • 5 February

    FLASH Entertainment is filling up the 2017 entertainment calendar fast and announces yet another unmissable event with one of Britain’s biggest stars, Olly Murs.

  • 2 February

    Du live! Presents living legend Rod Stewart to kick off the 2017 Abu Dhabi entertainment season!

  • 2 February

    Crowd favourites Damian Clark, Peter White and Funmbi Omotayo return for all-star GCC comedy tour!

  • 29 January

    Since the revamp of Stars ‘N’ Bars late last year, they have been set on bringing the fun elements back to the venue. From old fashioned arcade machines loaded with Pac-Man to Beer-Pong, Stars ‘N’ Bars may just be about to change your brunch habits…. 7 days a week.

  • 27 January

    As the weather keeps our joie de vivre high up, Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE makes sure this positive spirit keeps its momentum. The month of February is packed with days spent lounging near the waters, surrounded by beautiful people from all over the world.

  • 24 January

    It’s been a whole year since The Sportsman’s Arms opened their al fresco Jack’s BBQ terrace, offering fantastic views of Zayed Sports City, and mouth-watering barbeque and chargrilled dishes from their Jacks BBQ menu featuring favorites such as Jerk Lamb Chops, Old No. 7 Beef Short Ribs, Honey Chipotle Chicken Wings, and Cajun Spiced Grilled Baby Chicken.

  • 10 January

    Save the date now for the UAE capital’s biggest annual brunch celebration. Jan 27th sees PJ O’Reilly’s, Abu Dhabi’s original Irish hangout, bounce with all things Oz to mark Australia’s National Day, which actually falls on January 26.

  • 22 December

    Following his standout performance over the F1 weekend, MAHMUT ORHAN is back by popular demand.

  • 21 December

    If you are planning on spending this 2016 New Year’s Eve in Abu Dhabi then check out the top parties to choose from. Whether you’re looking to ring in 2017 with a bang, or looking for something a little more laid back, you’ll find it all on The Capital List

  • 16 November

    The nightlife scene in the UAE is about to receive a huge boost, thanks to the opening of a stunning new nightclub in Abu Dhabi.

  • 15 November

    Yas Marina’s favourite venue to host international DJ’s, celebrity appearances, ‘Le Brunch’, sunset sessions, and more

  • 10 November

    The Capital’s favourite nightclub releases highly anticipated F1 Yasalam entertainment line up

  • 9 November

    Thursday has become the new Sunday for this year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with an exciting development, organisers have announced that Grammy Award-winning artist Pitbull has been added to the line-up and will kick off the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend at the du Arena with a performance of his global number one-selling hits.

  • 8 November

    CARIBBEAN BEACH PARTY is back with International star STYLO G. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort and Reggae Beachfest launch the season’s biggest party on Friday 9th December.

  • 3 November

    It’s the first weekend in November, and it appears Abu Dhabi is going full throttle on the run up to F1 with some incredible international artist’s worthy of the headline slot in the after-race parties, with Fat Joe and JA Rule hitting MAD on Yas Island.

  • 2 November

    Dave Fulton, Mick Ferry and Alistair Barrie to headline November stand-up comedy tour.

  • 27 October

    The best time of the year is upon us! Halloween is nearly here! Amazing venues, spooky drinks and food served by devilish bartenders - we have plenty of mind blowing party choices prepared for you! Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram to keep up-to-date on all the nightlife updates.

  • 24 October

    The Sunset Music Festival, the latest big music event in Abu Dhabi went off with a bang on Friday 21st October at Zayed Sports City. The inaugural event included a mix 90’s superstars and popular musicians performing for a nostalgic crowd throughout the evening.

  • 20 October

    Our weekly round-up of the best nights out in Abu Dhabi

  • 13 October

    Stay up-to-date on all things nightlife!

  • 12 October

    Following the abrupt closure of Radio 1 recently, it’s great to see our homegrown UAE talent emerging back on our radio waves this week it has been announced that Saif and Sound will be back, this time on Channel 4

  • 10 October

    Larry Dean and Allyson June Smith to make regional debuts for long-running comedy institution

  • 6 October

    Your Abu Nightlife update.

  • 1 October

    Back by popular demand, Oktoberfest Yas Island returns bigger and better this year following sold out events in 2014 and 2015

  • 29 September

    Best nights out this long weekend.

  • 22 September

    Our weekly roundup of the best parties in Abu Dhabi.

  • 20 September

    Following months of speculation, Yas Marina Circuit and FLASH Entertainment today jointly revealed that global music icon LIONEL RICHIE is to headline the after-race concert on Saturday, November 26!

  • 15 September

    From club nights to pub quizzes, your next seven days sorted​​

  • 8 September

    We have a long Eid weekend coming up and it just feels fantastic! Below are best parties in Abu Dhabi to keep you busy this weekend. Keep your eyes on our website, some exciting changes are on the way!

  • 1 September

    September is officially here, and so is the weekend!

  • 25 August

    One of the most technically gifted DJs around, James Zabiela takes to the decks at Iris Yas Island TONIGHT - make sure you reserve your spot! The multi award-winning MAD on Yas Island hosts Cali Swag District's YUNG this Sunday at the special edition of URBN.

  • 18 August

    We've got pool parties, beach parties, pool parties, Ladies nights and Gentleman's nights… and everything else in between. CHECK out our weekly look ahead for the best things to do in Abu Dhabi.

  • 17 August

    Following the huge live performance from Ten Walls back in May - Thursday 25th August will see UK DJ and producer JAMES ZABIELA take to the decks in the Capital.

  • 11 August

    Hot in the city, Hot in the city... TONIGHT! Stop what you're doing and check out best nights out in Abu Dhabi this week 11-17th of August.

  • 9 August

    With the season yet to really kick off for some venues, MAD on Yas Island is bucking that trend and making sure your season gets off with a bang.

  • 31 July

    Sample community content

  • 27 July

    Community three

  • 23 July

    The week ahead with the capital list can go on two lines. Here and there.

  • 21 July

    Sample text here Sample tet here

  • 22 May

    Friday 20th May 2016 - ALOFT and MTV joined forces for a very special Liquid Rain Party featuring exclusive performance by international DJ Jonas Blue, infamous for his Number 1 track 'Fast Car'.

  • 28 February

    The Abu Dhabi nightlife crowd like their urban music and MAD on Yas Island has two of the best urban DJs in the region performing every week. The opulent nightclub features 360-degree projection mapping, huge animated LED screens and an amazing sound system.

  • 18 January

    IRIS - Yas Island welcomes their new resident DJ Bruce Hill to their fabulous venue on the Yas Marina. Following in the footsteps on some fantastic performances in 2015, Bruce brings his unique style of House to Abu Dhabi.

  • 11 November

    We sat down with MAD Yas Island's resident DJs Anthony Bassoulou & DJAD to find out what makes them tick and to find out some sneak information on what we can expect from the new venue.

  • 25 October

    New York's Fatman Scoop is famed for his on-stage rough, raw and loud voice. 12 years on and Fatman's train is still on the tracks. The US rapper's instantly recognisable 2003 anthem 'Be Faithful' (featuring Faith Hill) hit Number 1 in the UK and is still slipped in many post brunch DJ sets.

  • 16 September

    Fresh from a wildly successful, energy-filled season in Ibiza, DJ Lea Dobricic is set to bring her high-octane style to 'Iris Sundown'(Yas Island) on Friday 25th September.