The first phase of Yas Island, which includes the Dh1.46bn (US$397m) Formula One grand prix circuit, will be ready by the summer, according to Aldar Properties, the project’s developer.

'All of the Yas Island phase one will be finished this summer, with obviously the Formula One grand prix circuit, the infrastructure, seven hotels, a major marina, the yacht club, a golf course,' said John Bullough, the chief executive of Aldar. 'The Yas Marina will be flooded in the spring. Everything is going to be finished well ahead of the race.'

Abu Dhabi is the second city in the Middle East to host a Formula One race, after Manama in Bahrain. The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be held on 1 Nov.

The National