Circuit type: Temporary street course
Formula E kicks off its next generation of racing with its first event in the Middle East at the new Saudi Arabian circuit at the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Ad Diriyah, a short hop from the capital Riyadh.
The 1.5-mile track features 21 turns and winds its way through the historic area, complete with its adobe brick buildings in a blend of the ancient and the ultra modern. The existing road network has been upgraded to meet FIA standards, with the work performed in close collaboration with UNESCO and the Diriyah Gate Development Authority to ensure that the area's heritage is conserved for future generations.
The Ad Diriyah Formula E site will also have huge stands that will accommodate tens of thousands of fans on the race day, the concert arena for the three nights, an E Village entertainment area, plus cultural and heritage zones for families.
As well as the racing, ticket holders for the Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix will be entertained by a packed festival, which will be filled with musical, cultural and culinary delights. Harvey Nicholls is creating five unique pop-up stores at the event, and there will also be a traditional Souk, where merchants will do business and craftsmen will perform their skills before the visitors.
The site opens on December 13 from 4pm, on December 14 from 2pm, and on race day from 10am.
On December 13, Enrique Iglesias will headline the festival with scintillating pop and dance anthems, following pop and R&B sensation Jason Derulo. The night before the Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix (December 14), Hip-Hop and Pop & Dance royalty The Black Eyed Peas will provide the headline entertainment with support from Arab music hero Amr Diab. Following the racing action (December 15), US music heroes OneRepublic and David Guetta will headline the biggest night of three-day festival.
The race itself will be followed by the Formula E in-season test.
The Ad Diriyah E-Prix circuit is located at Ad Diriyah, a short drive from the centre of the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh. Riyadh is served by the King Khaled International Airport, which is located about 22 miles (35 km) north of the city and handles both domestic and international flights.
To access the entire Ad Diriyah site, including the racetrack and grandstands, the 180,000 sq me Allianz E Village and the concert arena, you must have an official Formula E ticket, either a three-day ticket or a ticket for the day you are attending.
Ssingle-day and three-day grandstand ticket holders can benefit from a 'Park & Ride' service, which will operate from King Saud University, where parking is available for up to 7,000 vehicles.
Shuttle buses will also operate from a number of locations across Riyadh with pick-up points at Al Faysalaih, Narcissus Hotel, the Hyatt Regency, Four Seasons, Fraser Suites, Holiday Inn Al Maydan, Holiday Inn Olaya, Aloft hotel, Burj Rafal Kempinski Hotel, Sheraton Riyadh Hotel, Executive KAFD Hotel, Movenpick Riyadh Hotel, Mariott King Saud Rd Hotel, Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Panorama Mall and Riyadh Park Mall.
Shuttle bus services begin operating an hour before Ad Diriyah opens to the public. The last bus back from Ad Diryah ranges from 11.30pm to 12.15pm, please check with your individual route for confirmation.