Formula E is set to make its debut in the Middle East in Riyadh in December
Despite hosting the celebrated Formula 1 race weekend every year, Abu Dhabi has no current plans to introduce Formula E, the newer class of auto racing that uses only electric-powered cars, according to the CEO of Yas Marina.
Formula E is set to make its debut in the Middle East in Riyadh, with the Saudi Arabian capital scheduled to host the opening round of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship in December.
But Al Tareq Al Ameri said it is too soon to introduce the racing style to Abu Dhabi.
“We wouldn’t want to introduce yet. It’s in its infancy stages at the moment, so we have to wait until there is more maturity around it,” he told Arabian Business.
“At Abu Dhabi, we always keep track of events and try to understand when the best time to introduce them is,” he added.
As for Saudi Arabia, it announced in September the launch of a new electronic visa, known as Sharek, that will allow international motor racing fans to travel to the kingdom to attend the inaugural Saudia Ad Diriyah E Prix taking place on December 15.
“Saudi Arabia will open up its borders to fans of live sport, music and culture for the first time with the launch of a new online visa process,” the Saudi General Sports Authority said in a statement at the time.
Formula E joins sporting powerhouses including WWE and European Tour Golf that have built long-term partnerships with Saudi Arabia as it aims to establish itself as a destination for global sports.
Sharek was launched as part of the country’s Vision 2030 headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.