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It’s a city synonymous with extravagance and grandeur. It attracts international elite of all walks, from business moguls to scholars fascinated by its role in the UAE and physics-defying architecture. One of its most treasured sites – the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, alone – boasts 82 white marble domes, four 350-foot turrets, and what is possibly the largest hand-knotted carpet in the world.

The shifting light is one of the many distinctions of the racetrack experience at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina

Beyond the record-breaking wealth and infrastructure and innovation, automotive excellence is a big deal in Abu Dhabi. Its streets routinely teem with automotive royalty, with monikers like Ferrari, Rolls Royce Phantom, Bugatti and Lamborghini. Fittingly, Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island is home to Ferrari World, a record-holding amusement park dedicated to thrilling speeds; home to the world’s fastest roller coaster (would you expect anything less?), and known to be the largest space-frame structure ever built.

And once a year, those are among the less impressive vehicles on the move in Abu Dhabi. Since 2009, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has shared the island with the Ferrari-branded theme park, becoming one of the world’s most exciting Formula 1 races. Yas Marina welcomes race enthusiasts worldwide to satiate their need for speed as they thrill with each lap of the nearly 190-mile course.

This November, Crystal Symphony guests can join their adrenaline-charged ranks, with the choice of three limited-availability, ultra-exclusive experiences at the typically sell-out event. From ultimate VIP access in the Formula TEAM One Paddock Club™ with either Team Red Bull or Team Ferrari, to premium grand stand seating surrounded by the revelry of the crowd, Crystal guests are the true winners of this race.

A driver makes his mark at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Beyond the three extraordinary Crystal-curated options for the 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, here are some other numbers to know about one of the most premier events in all of motorsports.

55: Laps around the impressively built course.

210: Approximate record maximum miles per hour ever reached during the race.

6: Possible configurations of Yas Marina’s track, built to accommodate various racing series.

3,740: Gear changes made by drivers over the course of 55 laps.

72: Average miles per hour at turn 7, the course’s slowest bend.

1st: The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was the first ever Formula 1 event to go from day to night, with floodlights illuminating the latter hours of the race.

Crystal Symphony’s “Indian Ocean Discovery” voyage departs Dubai for Mauritius on November 22, with special Thanksgiving holiday festivities planned in addition to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix experiences and dozens of other Crystal Adventures ashore.

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