Daily Archives: November 27, 2016


Eight-year-old Nathan Ampofo-Anim got more than he could have ever dreamed of while in Abu Dhabi for a Formula 1′ trip-of-a-lifetime when he met his racing driver hero Lewis Hamilton, courtesy of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), Etihad Airways, Yas Marina Circuit and Starlight Children’s Foundation.

A young motorsport fanatic, Nathan who has sickle cell anaemia, an incurable and debilitating hereditary blood disorder, was referred for a wish to Starlight Children’s Foundation, a UK-based charity that grants once-in-a-lifetime wishes for seriously and terminally ill children. Nathan wished to go to the 2016 FORMULA ONE ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX at Yas Marina Circuit to watch the title-deciding race.

I was already really excited to be in Abu Dhabi for the race weekend, but being invited into the Mercedes garage and meeting Lewis Hamiltion today was the best day of my life. He is my hero and I hope I will be a successful driver like him one day, said Nathan.

Staying at the heart of the action on Yas Island for the F1′ weekend, Nathan travelled to Abu Dhabi with his parents and five year-old brother thanks to Etihad Airways and also spent time sampling a traditional Arabian heritage experience at Yas Marina Circuit in addition to enjoying the After-Race concerts. Nathan and his family also visited Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld.


Großer Preis von Abu Dhabi 2016, Samstag

Großer Preis von Abu Dhabi 2016, Samstag

Etihad Airways Captain Lifts The Lid On The Spectacular Flypast At The #ABUDHABIGP

The start of the 2016 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX will once more be marked with the spectacular Etihad Airways and Fursan Al Emarat fly past as the teams, drivers and 60,000 fans at Yas Marina Circuit welcome the nail-biting, title-deciding race of the 2016 Formula 1′ season.

While Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg mentally prepare themselves for an epic finale on the ground, Etihad Airways’ A380 Chief Pilot, Captain Ali Al Jabri, will be in the left-hand seat of the superjumbo (tail number A6-APC) as it skims the start line of Yas Marina Circuit at 900 feet and 210 knots, trailed by the nimble fast jets of the UAE’s air display team Fursan Al Emarat.

‘It’s an honour for our flight crew to be selected to take part in the fly past alongside the UAE’s display team and be a part of the spectacular event that is the F1′ race,’ said Captain Al Jabri. ‘The weekend is a showpiece event for Abu Dhabi and provides a huge opportunity to demonstrate our aircraft to an audience of billions.

“We’ve conducted similar fly pasts in previous years, and based on the many positive comments we hear from people, we know they take it away as an abiding memory of the event.”

The Etihad Airways fly-past has become synonymous with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and this year’s event will see the airline’s stunning Facets of Abu Dhabi livery flying over the iconic circuit to mark the beginning of the race on Sunday.

Months of planning takes place before the formation is performed ahead of the Formula 1 showpiece on race day.

The total flying time is 50 minutes from take-off to landing at Abu Dhabi International Airport and once in the air, the aircraft enter a holding pattern for about 10 minutes, during which they complete several passes over Yas Marina Circuit.

Captain Al Jabri spoke of the incredible team effort and dedication required to ensure the best possible visual experience on race day:’Safety is obviously of major importance to us when flying the aircraft so we’ve been working alongside the display team and practicing the fly past over the last few weeks.

Many of us in the Etihad Airways crew have been involved in previous fly pasts but we couldn’t achieve it without the support of the Fursan Al Emarat display team, the military, air traffic control and the airport, so we can give people a spectacle that they will remember for years to come.

The Etihad Airways flypast will begin at 16:46 taking place before and after the UAE National Anthem, minutes before the start of the 2016 FORMULA1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX  on Sunday 27th November.


Opening ceremony procession

Opening ceremony procession

Opening ceremony procession

Opening ceremony procession

Opening ceremony procession

Opening ceremony procession

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MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Driver Lewis Hamilton Creates The Ultimate SPG Moment On The St. Regis Abu Dhabi Helipad

In an adrenaline fueled exclusive event with the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team, the globally renowned loyalty program, Starwood Preferred Guest celebrates the ultimate SPG Moment, welcoming team driver Lewis Hamilton to the highest active helipad in the Middle East at The St. Regis Abu Dhabi.

As Formula One fever sweeps the capital during the most prominent event in the Abu Dhabi calendar, a weekend that brings together the most discerning global travelers for the closing of the championship, SPG surpasses expectations with an out of this world exclusive racing experience the night before the 2016 Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix final race. At 255m, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi helipad took exhilaration to new heights presenting a high tech simulation race with Triple World Champion Lewis Hamilton, surrounded by stunning panoramic views of the capital, a truly unforgettable sensory experience.

With the 2016 Championship still undecided, Lewis Hamilton is the 2008, 2014 and 2015 Formula One World Champion and holds more race victories than any other British driver in the history of Formula One. Lewis Hamilton commented “The energy on the helipad of The St. Regis Abu Dhabi was incredible, and the views were spectacular.  It was a fantastic evening with our partners at SPG and some amazing fans.  Experiences like this are something you can’t even imagine, and will never forget!

In 2012, SPG announced a global strategic partnership with MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, becoming the official Team Partner, including hosting the team as they travel to various Grand Prix venues on the Formula One calendar.

Daniel Kerzner, VP Digital, Loyalty and Partnership Marketing SPG: “Tonight’s event at The St. Regis with team driver Lewis Hamilton was literally over the top.  We were able to capture some breath-taking social first content that will support a massive online campaign in the coming days.  We’re thrilled to be able to showcase Abu Dhabi to the world like never before.”

The St. Regis Abu Dhabi’s General Manager, Moustafa Sakr, comments: “What a thrill to host the action. We’re wishing Lewis and the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS team the best of luck in tomorrow’s final race, we will be watching

Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton stands on the highest active helipad in the Middle East (255m) at The St Regis Hotel, in Abu Dhabi, UAE, ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix title decider on Saturday, November 26, 2016. (PRNewsFoto/The St. Regis Abu Dhabi)