Used for the first time by Formula 1 in 2004, the track is one of the most technologically advanced in the world. Among the features is the ‘VIP Tower’, a soaring eight storey building that allows visitors a view of the entire circuit.
The track is 5.417 km in length and its design has met with the approval of all the drivers as it offers many overtaking points. Characterised by a mix of fast and slow curves and with a particularly long straight, the lack of grip is the main criticism as the desert sand is continually blown onto the circuit by the wind. To limit difficulties this causes, the organisers have laid a special bitumen that assures a good level of grip.