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Abu Dhabi, XX November, 2016: Thursday has become the new Sunday for this year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with an exciting development, organisers have announced that Grammy Award-winning artist Pitbull has been added to the line-up and will kick off the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend at the du Arena with a performance of his global number one-selling hits.

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The American rapper, who recorded We Are One (Ole Ola), the official theme of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, will add to this year’s already packed F1® entertainment experience with the Yasalam Thursday night After-Race Concert, at the du Arena, Yas Island.

Today’s announcement means the line-up of top artists performing during the 2016 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX is arguably the strongest yet. After Pitbull (#PitbullAtF1) kicks off the show on Thursday 24th November, the legendary duo The Chemical Brothers (#ChemBrosAtF1) will perform on Friday 25th November, followed by music icon Lionel Richie (#LionelRichieAtF1) on Saturday 26th November and global superstar Rihanna(#RihannaAtF1) bringing the curtain down in style on Sunday 27th November.

Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit, said: “Our aim is to put on a bigger and better race every year for our loyal local fans and the thousands of people who visit the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from more than 170 countries around the world.

“We are delighted to include Pitbull in the star-studded line-up of Yasalam after-race performers, adding even greater value for all F1 ticket holders and making Thursday one of the best days of race weekend for all-round entertainment. Make sure you have your tickets and don’t miss out!”

In a professional musical career spanning more than a decade, Pitbull has released nine studio albums, more than 80 singles, and achieved a host of number one hits including Give Me Everything, Timber, and the FIFA World Cup anthem We Are One (Ole Ola). He has won two Grammy Awards and has collaborated with the biggest names in pop music, including Usher, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.

“Yasalam is the largest entertainment festival in the region and the eighth edition is ramping up to be another unmissable experience. This is the first year we have confirmed an international artist for the Thursday After-Race Concert,” said John Lickrish, CEO of FLASH Entertainment.

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“All Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ticket holders will have access to watch the Grammy Award winning artist Pitbull perform live on Thursday night adding even greater value to ticket holders. The Yasalam festival is the most anticipated event in everyone’s entertainment calendar and Pitbull,

The Chemical Brothers, Lionel Richie and Rihanna complete one of the most popular festival line-ups we have ever had.”

The Pitbull After-Race Concert will be open for any race weekend ticket holder – Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday passes on presentation of their Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday ticket at Entrance 2, General Admission of the du Arena. It makes Thursday one of the most action-packed days of race weekend.

Thursday is also the opening day of the F1 Village, which features a range of interactive entertainment for all members of the family to enjoy including Public Pit Lane Walk and autograph signing. It’s also a great day for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ticket holders to use their complimentary passes for Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.

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 eight 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. For more info, visit: https://youtu.be/eD2PcHNVX1g

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 two 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 www.yasmarinacircuit.com and through the Yas Marina Circuit Call Centre (800 927) or +971 (0) 2 659 9800.