What do you get when Dubai's neighbor gets a little jealous of all the cool developments happening over yonder? A $40 billion-dollar plans for transforming a natural island into a new focus of the Formula One racing world. Take that attention hording, Dubai!
The capital city of United Arab Emirates (UAE), Formula One's newest venue, will host the Grand Prix's season-ender November 15, 2009. I don't put anything pass these guys - if they say 11/15, they mean 11/15. The Yas Marina Hotel at the venue will be the world's first hotel that will run alongside the entire 5.55-km racetrack giving a unique viewer experience, it was stated at an exhibition of the Yas Marina Circuit Masterplan there.
A large slice of desert on the island of Yas will be reclaimed to host the park, which will include 24 attractions, including a 70-metre high G-Force Tower and what’s claimed to be the world’s first F1-branded twin rollercoaster ride, allowing races between carriages. Magic Mountain ain't seen nothing yet!
Designed by Formula One Circuit designer Philippe Gurdjan, the new facility will have, apart from the Yas Marina Hotel, signature hotels, a Ferrari theme park, a Warner Brothers theme park, a water park, parkland golf courses, marinas, polo clubs, apartments, villas and numerous retail outlets.
"The Yas Marina Formula One circuit will come into existence after 12 months from now and today's presentation reveals project features that come to light for the first time to show what shape the motor racing facility will look like and what spectators of the anticipated Formula 1 on November 15 2009 will see at the end of the day," he said.
"We are confident that these final layouts will exceed fans' expectations," he said.
What makes it special?:
+ The Yas Marina Circuit can be split into two smaller tracks of 1.9 and 1.46 miles, whilst other racing facilities include a 0.75-mile world championship-standard karting centre and a dragstrip.
+ For the first time anywhere in the world, the 50,000-seater grandstands will be entirely covered.
+ And because of the environmentally-conscious drive in Formula One these days, many of the facilities will be solar-powered.
+ The hotel, which will have 500 suites and bedrooms, a ballroom and six restaurants, will even change colour at night with the help of 4,800 LED panels that will cover it like a second skin.