Circuit type: CIK Category A
Clive Bowen and UAE based businessman Paul Berger launched the concept of the Dubai Autodrome and Business Park in 1997 and in 2001 secured the support of Union Properties, a major UAE based property developer, specialising in residential property development. In 2002, Clive was commissioned by Union Properties through WSR as the motor sport consultant to HOK Sport (now Populous), who were appointed in 2002 to be lead consultant on the Dubai Autodrome and Business Park. The main circuit and kart circuit were completed in October 2004. This project, a US$100 million investment, includes an FIA, FIM and FOM sanctioned 5.4km race circuit, a CIK sanctioned 1.2 km kart circuit and multiple commercial ventures all integrated into a 700 acre site in Dubai, UAE.
The circuit features 17 corners to test a driver’s skills, as well as a tunnel and bridge to add to the excitement. This challenging configuration affords maximum safety to all drivers and spectators and is equipped with a complete set of flood lights to offer perfect viewing for night time racing.
Clive Bowen’s role in the project included the design and specification of the circuits, the coordination of consultation with drivers, riders, governing bodies, engineering consultants, architects and local authorities, the specification of all safety criteria, the definition of a brief for the pit and paddock complex, detailed input into the spectator facilities, VIP facilities, commercial facilities and a major contribution towards the project master plan.
The circuit has been a tremendous commercial success and remains in almost continuous use, irrespective of the season. The kart circuit operates at capacity through the year and has become one of Dubai’s premier entertainment destinations. A favourite of locals, tourists and even some notable contemporary Formula One drivers, the Kartdrome has a unique, undulating and technically challenging layout which incorporates two separate 600m tracks and a crossover.
Since its construction the Dubai Autodrome has attracted nearly US$3 billion in property investment on the site adjacent to the circuit, including the development of two housing districts that now provide home to over 4000 people and hosts the majority of local and regional race events, corporate events and club events.
For more information please visit www.dubaiautodrome.com