Formula E in Dubai? Electric grand prix is coming to UAE

Exclusive: Dubai is making plans to host the new race around Jumeirah and the canal district.

Damien Reid February 12, 2017

Abu Dhabi has the Etihad Airways Formula One Grand Prix but soon Dubai might have something that could rival it – an electric grand prix on the roads of Jumeriah. 

EDGAR has heard that the burgeoning Formula E championship is making its way to the UAE, possibly as soon as the 2018/2019 season. 

Driven by all-electric powertrains, Formula E has been the surprise of the global motorsport scene with more manufacturers now directly involved in Formula E – including Jaguar, Renault, Audi, Citroen, BMW and soon to be Mercedes-Benz – than any other championship, including F1 and the World Rally Championship. 

Formula E runs entirely on street circuits and while many options exist for a Dubai race such as around the iconic Burj Khalifa, EDGAR has it on good authority that a street track taking in Kite Beach and the new canal are high on the agenda for the proposed 2018 race. 

Four-time Formula One World Champion, Alain Prost has previously voiced his support for a Dubai race. “I know that the Formula E organisation has talked to people in Dubai, which would be great,” he said in 2014, speaking to Gulf News.

“I would be very positive about that because I think it would be a nice region to have this formula as you have a lot of motorsport fans from different countries there,” he added. 

Formula E fits with Dubai’s recently announced Green Vision, which aims to raise environmental awareness in the Emirate. With green parking stations popping up around the city to cater for plug-in hybrid and electric cars along with the recent announcement of Tesla’s launch into the UAE, the prospect of running an electric-only race of world-class F1 and Le Mans drivers with a heavy manufacturer commitment can only be seen as a positive step for Dubai’s motorsport hungry population.

Watch this space.