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Abu Dhabi Nears the Finish Line With Their Racetrack-Side Hotel

May 22, 2009 at 1:00 PM | by | ()

Remember when we hinted at Abu Dhabi's plan to compete with Dubai's entertainment by building themselves a Ferrari Theme Park, F1 racetrack and track-side hotel? Well, they've actually gone and started the thing; at least the hotel. The structure of it is complete, and currently the construction workers are hemming the glass cloak that will give the building a modular look (one that that reminds us of the Olympiapark in Munich).

The Yas, which will be the world's first five-star Formula One trackside hotel, is a monster with 500 rooms and a marina for docking your megayacht. All of this capped by the pivoting, diamond-shaped glass panels of the roof, which will produce "optical effects and spectral reflections that play against the surrounding sky, sea and desert landscape."

The interior, if you can get past the architectural innovation of the outside, will have "key influences and inspirations ranging from the aesthetics and forms associated with speed, movement and spectacle to the artistry and geometries forming the basis of ancient Islamic art and craft traditions."

That's all well and good, but will it have Velveeta-smothered nachos and giant beers? Because that's what comes to mind when we think of auto races. We never thought we'd live to see the day when an ultra-luxe resort opened around the concept of vacationing at an auto track like people usually do at a beach.

[Photos: Dezeen]

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