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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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)”.


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

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    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.