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Completes world-class line up including Friday’s UK electronic duo The Chemical Brothers and Sunday’s superstar Rihanna
After-Race concerts at the du Arena are for race ticket holders only, don’t miss out on the biggest weekend of the year
Abu Dhabi, Tuesday, September 20th, 2016: Following months of speculation, Yas Marina Circuit and FLASH Entertainment today jointly revealed that global music icon Lionel Richie will get the crowds singing as part of his ALL THE HITS WORLD TOUR at the Yasalam Saturday night After-Race Concert, at the du Arena, Yas Island, during the 2016 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX.
The announcement was made via an exclusive video message from the artist, alongside the Chief Executive Officers from FLASH Entertainment & Yas Marina Circuit at a live media launch event held at Yas Mall.
Global superstar Lionel Richie (#LionelRichieAtF1 ) will take to the du Arena stage on Saturday 26th November performing hits from his extensive and much loved repertoire, spanning decades all the way from the Commodores to the present day. With a celebrated career including over 100 million albums worldwide and countless awards, including four GRAMMYs, a Golden Globe and an Oscar, Lionel’s shows are renowned for their party atmosphere and singalong moments. Lionel has recently wowed crowds at Bonnaroo, Life Is Beautiful as well as Glastonbury in 2015 where he drew a record breaking crowd.
Lionel Richie joins a fantastic line up for the 8th edition of Yasalam. Friday 25th November will see the legendary duo The Chemical Brothers (#ChemBrosAtF1) kicking off the weekend in style. Wrapping up the weekend festivities with an unmatched bang is global superstar Rihanna (#RihannaAtF1), who will play the only Middle East date on her ‘ANTI WORLD TOUR’ on Sunday 27th November.
“The announcement of today’s Saturday night artist completes another really strong line-up for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. With something for everyone, it underlines our effort to always improve and build so our Grand Prix stays one of the best in the F1® calendar. Of course, it remains a huge event for the region and we look forward to another sell-out and exciting F1® weekend.” said Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit.

UAE residents and international travellers are being urged to buy their race tickets or risk missing out on the spectacular Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, as many popular ticket categories are already sold out. Other categories are selling fast.
“Yasalam is the largest entertainment festival in the region and has built a legacy for Abu Dhabi and the community. Its diverse program of music, sports and community activities across the capital makes it a draw for residents and visitors alike,” said John Lickrish, CEO, FLASH Entertainment. “With the legendary music talent Lionel Richie completing the exceptional three-day line up, we know the Yasalam weekend will be on the top of everyone’s calendar and we can’t wait to announce the Beats on the Beach acts.”
Yasalam (#Yasalam2016) forms a programme that unites Abu Dhabi in excitement and celebration and is the largest entertainment festival run by any race host city in the world. The festival includes weeks of activations and to date has created incredible memories for over 2.5 million people. Even more festivities are yet to be revealed, including the highly-anticipated Beats on the Beach line up – the largest free concert experience in Abu Dhabi.
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Further enhancing the value of this year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and with an aim to showcase the range of entertainment and attractions available across Yas Island, all ticket holders will have free access to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld, Abu Dhabi. Available for the first time, and valid across the race weekend, Formula 1® ticket holders will this year be able to access the two world-class theme parks on each corresponding day of their F1® ticket.
Staying on the pulse of entertainment throughout the year, all race ticket holders will also receive 2 Friends Friday invitations (first 15,000 UAE based race ticket holders), and selected After-Race Concert Golden Circle upgrades. Ticket holders also benefit from a 20% discount* on selected FLASH events until February 2017. *discount applies to selected ticket categories.
Tickets for the 2016 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX are available at Virgin Megastore’s 12 outlets throughout the Middle East as well as in all Etihad Shops, online at and through the Yas Marina Circuit Call Centre (800 927) or +971 (0) 2 659 9800.
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