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Launched at the beginning of 2012, the Gulf 12 Hours established itself as a benchmark for GT motorsport events in the Gulf region.

The first nine editions took place at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates between 2010 and 2019. Bahrain International Circuit hosted a special edition of the ‘Gulf 12 Hours’ in January 2021. The ‘Gulf 12 Hours’ returned at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, for its 10th edition on 8 January 2022.

The 13th edition of the ‘Gulf 12 Hours’ will take place at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi on Sunday 10 December 2023. For the first time in its history, the race will be open to GT3 cars only.

The event is promoted by Driving Force Events Limited (Ireland). The commercial right holder is Motorsport Projects FZE (United Arab Emirates).


Featuring the best GT teams and cars from across the globe, the Gulf 12 Hours gained the appreciation of the endurance racing community.

The main car category is the FIA GT3, featuring a large number of prestigious motorsport brands, including: Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Mercedes AMG and Porsche.


The Gulf 12 Hours is an annual endurance race event for GT cars that takes place at the Yas Marina Circuit in the United Arab Emirates it has been held since January 2012. The next Gulf 12 Hours is scheduled for 15 December 2024.

The format switches the race focus from reliability to strategy and pace: drivers can chase the win pushing their cars to the outright limit, the best premise for an exciting race. In pure endurance style, the event embraces both day and night racing with floodlights complementing the spectacular Yas Marina Circuit setting.


13:15 - 14:15
Open Practice Test 2 (60 m)
15:15 - 16:15
Open Practice Test 3 (60 m)
17:30 - 19:30
Open Practice Test 4 (120 m)
Friday 8 December
Saturday 9 December
Sunday 10 December
11:15 - 12:15
Free Practice 1 (60 m)
14:20 - 15:20
Free Practice 2 (60 m)
18:00 - 18:15
Qualifying driver 4 (15m)
18:25 - 18:40
Qualifying driver 3 (15m)
18:50 - 19:05
Qualifying driver 2 (15m)
19:15 - 19:30
Qualifying driver 1 (15m)
09:30 - 09:50
Starting Grid
10:00 - 22:00
Race (12 h)
22:15 - 22:30
Podium presentation
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