With the Formula One coming to Abu Dhabi next weekend, there are a number of events the weeks leading up to it. They have a number of free concerts, a Brazilian parade on the corniche as well as a newly constructed temporary place at the plaza on 30th street called the Formula One Fan Zone.
There are a lot of things to do for kids like driving motorized cars around a city course.
Inside the building, my kids got to go into a wind tunnel.
After that there were slot car drag races powered by CO2 cartridges.
There were also remote controlled cars on a race track with cameras mounted on the front so it looked like you were driving on the track. For people 15 and over, they had a driving simulator that gave you a chance to drive an Formula One car on the Yas Marina Grand Prix track. Even though I know the track fairly well from the times that I went cycling there, I still had a hard time controlling the car.
The attractions are open from 5:00 pm Sunday to Thursday and from 2:00 pm Friday and Saturday. I would recommend getting there right when they open to avoid the crowds. While we were in the Fan Zone, there were hardly any people so we didn't have to wait for the attractions. It was pretty good value considering the whole thing was free.