The Grand Prix really brings all the A-listers to our yard.

We’ve got beaches, world record-breaking buildings, fast cars, and 365 days of sun—it’s no wonder that the UAE proves a tourist attraction year after year.

However the past few days have seen some very famous faces drawn to our shores, mostly thanks to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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Yes, the F1 weekend always attracts quite the crowd, and this year was no exception.

As well as thousands of racegoers, tens of A-listers jetted into the capital for performances, parties and general merriment.

Pink, Mumford & Sons and Calvin Harris headlined after-race concerts, and Iggy Azalea and J.Cole performed at various parties and openings, with athletes, socialites and actors also getting in on the racing-track action.

So with no further ado, here’s how these celebrities spent their time in the UAE…

Iggy Azalea

The Australian rapper played at Yas Island super club Mad on Friday—but first, she discovered our favourite drink of all time.

Ed Sheeran

The British popstar wasn’t here for the F1, but instead brought his world tour to Dubai’s Autism Rocks Arena on Thursday night.

Dubai !

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He also dined at Sheraton Grand Hotel eatery Miss Lily’s soon after arriving (yes, the same Caribbean-themed restaurant that Rihanna visited earlier this year).

ed sheeran

Want to dine like the Don’t singer? Then order jerk corn, hot pepper shrimp and jerk chicken (those were his dishes of choice, the restaurant revealed).


The Grammy winner made time for some R&R while in the capital.

Abu ❤️Dhabi

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Take That

The British band aren’t performing until later this week, but the threesome jetted in early for a little vitamin D.

Touched down in Dubai after a monster of a flight from down under! #mydubai #lmyw #takethatdxb

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Calvin Harris

The British DJ lit up the stage at one of the F1’s after-race concerts.

Abu Dhabi

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Mumford & Sons

The folksy quartet also performed an after-race gig—their first ever in Abu Dhabi.

mumford & sons

Lindsay Lohan

The jam-packed F1 weekend schedule left the Mean Girls star in need of a power nap.


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Martha Stewart

Yes, it turns out the celebrity chef and lifestyle expert is a fan of the races. Here she is hanging out with Game of Thrones fave Liam Cunningham (aka Ser Davos Seaworth).

Maria Sharapova

The tennis ace visited the recently opened Louvre Abu Dhabi (and snapped the perfect selfie).

Abu Dhabi, Louvre

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She also took in the Grand Mosque…

8mm vintage vibes

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And basically served up (sorry) so much style inspiration.

Suit game dropped the heels, went for the sneakers ‍♀️

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A dress that doesn’t even wrinkle in the suitcase #winning @ganni

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Tinie Tempah

The British rapper and singer looked his usually sartorially on-point self.


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Chanel Iman

The supermodel was flown in for a promotion with Etihad Airways, but made some time for sightseeing.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque #abudhabi

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Abu Dhabi @etihadairways #RunwaytoRunway

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Business Trip @etihadairways #RUNWAYTORUNWAY #abudhabi

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