Inside GQ Middle East's 2019 F1 Party

29 November 2019
Abu Dhabi, GQ Middle East, Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, F1, Lewis Hamilton
All the action from inside the party that kickstarted the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race weekend

If you’ve got Lewis Hamilton, the Formula 1 world champion, on your December cover, it seems only right that you should throw a party to celebrate the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the end of epic season of racing.

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With our partners Breitling, Etihad, Farfetch, and Accor we decided to do just that and took over the terrace at BASE Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi, to hold a very special party that set the tone for the weekend to come.

Mashrou' Leila

Guests were treated to stunning views over the marina as Karrouhat spun the tunes and got the evening under way.


Our November cover stars, Mashrou’ Leila stopped by for a surprise gig, playing an incredible set that got people jumping.

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From there we were on the home staight as Rotimi dropped in to celebrate his birthday. The actor and star of Power then decided to flex his vocal muscles and sang an impromtu but brilliant R n B set, before the GQ Middle East party returned the favour. Lead by editor in chief, Adam Baidawi, the crowd sang a raucous rendition of Happy Birthday on the stroke of midnight to bring the house down.


If this party sets the tone for the rest of the weekend, expect it to be one you're never going to forget.

Follow @GQMiddleEast on Instagram to see all the action from the party