Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – You’re ‘avin’ a Giraffe?

Well my munching friends here’s something you wouldn’t expect a humble west country pasty muncher to be checking out but our eyes are drawn to the Middle East and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

As the dismal UK summer draws to a close and the chill evening air of autumn begins to creep through the unsealed doors of Chez Pasty our thoughts have turned to holidays – unlike the six pistols I DO want a holiday in the sun, as I, like many others feel cheated of summer in the UK – so much for talk of arbeque summer and idyllic camping holidays.  Thanks to the 2009 Met office epic fail I’m down several hundred quid having splashed out on not so cheap camping equipment which has only seen the grey light of a day or two before packing up the tent and stuffing the camping gear in the boot of the care and off to a bit of lovely luxury in glorious five star hotel accommodation – and that was just during a short trip to Wales.

The hunt is on for travel further a field – anyone seen my camel?

camel-road

Abu Dhabi – Guaranteed Sunshine

Abu Dhabi the poor relation to Dubai is set to become the must go destination later this year when it is host the the (trademark alert) first ever Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2009 is the final race of the season and although not being a Formula 1 fan particularly this event has caught our attention as it ticks many boxes in what we look for in a holiday – obviously sunshine but also the thrill of staying in one of the extrodinary luxury hotels that have been built within the Yas Marina Circuit – some of which span the race track.

Formula 1 Motorsport in Abu Dhabi

Formula 1 is associated with opulence and excess so what better location to hold the concluding race of the 2009 season than in a brand spanking new resort built by an oil rich country with the focus on impressing the world.  Although tickets to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix are not especially expensive, only difficult to buy trackside tickets in advance online and hotel tariffs are acceptable (considering the standard of the rooms and impeccable service, you can pick up some amazing cheap flight deals to Abu Dhabi and nearby Dubai.  The national airline of United Arab Emirates, Etihad, offer return flights to Abu Dhabi from three hundred pounds – London Heathrow.  Incidently the Etihad website (a very black place) identifies the taxes contained within this (over half the fare on cheap flights).

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Pit Babes

My personal concern is for the notorious Pit Babes – Arab resorts are becoming a little more tolerant of western visitors but how I wonder will the Pit Babes go down with the respectable Abu Dhabi Grand Prix promoters?