The Dubai Autodrome is an FIA sanctioned 5.39 km motorsports circuit located in Dubailand, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The Dubai Autodrome is an FIA sanctioned 5.39 km motorsports circuit located in Dubailand, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Opened in October 2004 with the final round of the 2004 Formula Renault V6 Eurocup season, Dubai Autodrome was the first part of the Dubai Motor City development that was available for use. The venue hosted the December 2005 A1 Grand Prix and the FIA GT Championship from 2004 to 2006. The Dubai Autodrome was the location of the Fast Forward task during Season 15 for the reality television show The Amazing Race. The track record at the longest configuration was set by Kamui Kobayashi (DAMS) with a time of 1:41.220 in a GP2 Asia car. The circuit was designed by Clive Bowen of Apex Circuit Design.
Since 2006 the Autodrome has been home to the Dubai 24 Hour, a sports car and touring car automobile endurance race open to both professional and semi-professional teams.
The 5.39km Dubai Autodrome circuit is one of the most modern in the world; it is also one of the most challenging, as it has a combination of high-speed straights and technical corners. The venue is part of the Union Properties Motorcity development in the greater Dubailand area. The circuit, which contains six different configurations, is designed to allow three racing circuits to operate simultaneously, safely and independently from each other. The result presents circuit users with unparalleled options.
FIA sanctioned race circuit and facilities
The circuit was designed to meet the strictest safety requirements and is the first FIA-sanctioned circuit to incorporate wide asphalt run-off areas. The digital surveillance system provides complete coverage of all areas of the track and is linked to the Race/Safety control room for monitoring and saving on hard disk recorders. This means that every incident along the track during a race or event can be viewed by the clerk of the course. Most facilities are housed in a two-storey ultra modern complex facing the grandstand. These facilities include Pit Complex, Race/Safety Control Room, Timekeeping Room, Media Centre, VIP Suite and Stewards Room. A world-class Medical Centre is situated behind the Pit area for track emergencies during major events. At the rear of the Pits is a traditional racing paddock for team staff and hospitality. The Dubai Autodrome offers a one-of-a-kind facility for VIPs to enjoy motor racing in a quality setting. The VIP Suites offer a spectacular view of the thrilling action with cars passing only meters away.
The Home of UAE motorsport
In recent years Dubai Autodrome has deliberately positioned itself as the home of UAE national motorsport. The goal to develop and promote UAE motor racing at national level. Through the DAMC the venue hosts races for: UAE Touring Car Championship, UAE GT Championship and the UAE Sportbikes Championship. Other race series that visit the circuit include: Trofeu Maserati, Radical Cup, Porsche Cup Middle East, Suzuki Swift Cup and Formula Gulf 1000. The highlight of the local motorsport calendar has been the Dubai Motorsport Festival, at the circuit which takes, on a distinctly local flavour with the catch phrase being: a celebration of UAE motorsport. Dubai Autodrome started to hold international motorsport events in 2004. Since then a number of illustrious events have taken place at the venue including rounds of the: FIA GT World Championship, FIA World Touring Car Championship, A1GP, World Series by Renault, Dunlop 24 Hours Endurance Series, Speedcar Series and GP2 Asia Series. Some of the world’s most famous drivers have driven competitively or visited the circuit including the likes of Michael Schumacher, Jacques Villeneuve, Kimi Raikkonen, Johnny Herbert, Jean Alesi to name just a few.