Abu Dhabi F1 capacity to rise 10% this year

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Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Lotus celebrates on the podium after winning the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 4, 2012. (Getty Images)

Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Lotus celebrates on the podium after winning the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 4, 2012. (Getty Images)

More tickets will be made available for this year's Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix weekend as organisers say they plan to increase capacity at Yas Marina Circuit.

Overall capacity for the 2013 event, the fifth F1 race to be held in the UAE capital, will grow by 10 percent compared to last year - increasing the daily attendance target to 55,000, organisers said in a statement.

"Our aim is for 42 percent of ticket sales to come from visitors living outside the UAE," said Al Tareq Al Ameri, senior director - Commercial, Yas Marina Circuit.

"Last year, we welcomed an unprecedented number of international fans and this year, we have built upon our already strong proposition by introducing new products that allow fans from all markets to really shape their F1 weekend, their way."

A raft of new ticket categories, packages, an expanded Yasalam After-Race Concert programme and an electro-rock legend headline concert finale has been rolled out for this year's race weekend, which runs from Thursday October 31 to Sunday November 3.

A record 54 international sellers - up from 24 last year - and 26 GCC sellers - up from six last year - are already selling race tickets, the statement said.

Flash Entertainment also announced that UK music legends Depeche Mode will close out the 2013 race weekend with a concert on November 3 at the du Arena on Yas Island.

Artists for the Yasalam After-Race concerts on November 1 and 2 will be named in coming months, Flash added.

Race organisers also revealed an all-GCC star concert will be staged on October 31.

Mike Fairburn, VP of Marketing and Communications at FLASH Entertainment, said: "Yasalam was created for the entire region to enjoy, so it's fitting that on the race's fifth anniversary we should be celebrating live Arabic music and culture on such a global stage.

"Combined with the finale performance from Depeche Mode, we hope to cater to the multicultural audience of the capital and its visitors."

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