There's also a lot of money too, all from oil which should last another 100 years or so. With that money and time on your hands comes the urge to race camels and compete with falcons. But that can only take up so much of your time, so add fast cars. Lots and lots of them.
So there's space, money, very cheap petrol and the love of very fast cars... oh yes and the fact that they need to outdo Sharjah with its cricket and Qatar with the 2022 World Cup, so when Bernie Ecclestone floated the notion of expanding the F1 calendar, Abu Dhabi jumped.
Hence the F1 complex on Yas Island (yet another man augmented island).
It is HUGE but then again it has to be to encompass all the crowds, media and all the other stuff that F1 demands these days.
The recent grand prix, the final one of the 2014 calendar, saw Lewis Hamilton win to take the driver's championship so everyone here is crazy about F1.
|Some of the cars we weren't able to drive|