No, a driving licence is not required for activities in our own rental karts. However, licences are required for owner driver racing.
Please note that ID will be required from each driver for Arrive and Drive sessions.
Al Ain Raceway′s onsite Kart Shop provides our customers with a full range of quality products and accessories from ROTAX, Intrepid, MIR, Arai, MOJO any many more. For more information please view the Kart Shop page or call us on directly for technical support and advice.
Safety equipment will be provided (race suit, helmet and gloves) for all rental kart activities. Drivers must ensure they are wearing comfortable clothing and suitable flat-soled sports shoes. Open toed footwear (e.g. sandals) and high heels will not be permitted.
Drivers may supply their own safety equipment, but it must be approved by the Race Director. As a guide, helmets must be full-face and equipped with a visor in good condition. Al Ain Raceway does not accept any liability for any loss of such equipment or any injury caused where the driver's own safety equipment may have contributed to the injury.
It is not essential to pre-book for practice sessions but, due to limited availability and sessions being subject to short-notice change, we do recommend that you call the venue in advance to check availability.
The minimum age to drive a “Cadet” kart at Al Ain Raceway is 7 years with a minimum height of 125 cm (4′1”).
Particularly tall or heavy drivers may have problems fitting into the karts. As a guide, we recommend a maximum height of 198 cm (6′6”) and a maximum weight of 125 Kilos.
There are potential risks inherent in all Motorsport activities and, while we do operate stringent safety procedures, all drivers should be aware of these risks and are asked to sign a waiver. We do everything we can to prevent accidents by taking the following measures:
Mandatory safety briefing for all drivers.
Safety equipment is provided including full face helmets, race suits and gloves.
Practice laps with all race events to get used to the karts and track prior to racing.
Karts have full wrap around bumpers to prevent interlocking wheels.
Karts are checked by our engineers prior to racing to ensure that all the machinery is in perfect working order.
A comprehensive flag and light system as a means of communication with drivers and a measure of safety control.
Warning lights around the track to slow or stop karts in case of marshals on the track or stranded karts.
Barrier system is designed to absorb impact and prevent karts crossing over the track.
Karting is not recommended for persons with neck, back or hip problems, if you suffer from any heart conditions, epilepsy, or are pregnant.
We use a variety of flags and warning lights during race sessions to advise drivers of the race status and to warn them of potential hazards. Below are the most frequently used flags and a description of their meanings. There are more but all the flags will be explained to drivers during the safety briefing.
YELLOW FLAG OR FLASHING YELLOW LIGHT – Drivers must slow down to half race speed and stay in single file. NO OVERTAKING. There is a hazard up ahead potentially blocking some or all of the track so be prepared to take evasive action, or even stop, if necessary.
RED FLAG OR RED TRACK LIGHTS – There is a serious incident somewhere on the circuit. Drivers must pull over to one side of the track and come to an immediate but controlled stop. Remain in your kart and wait patiently for further instructions. Do not remove any of your safety equipment.
BLACK/WHITE DIAGONAL WARNING FLAG – This is a driver warning. Generally, you are driving beyond your capabilities and/or are in breach of circuit rules. You should immediately adjust your driving so as not to pose a hazard to other drivers or officials. This is commonly your final warning before disqualification.
BLACK FLAG - You are disqualified and are expected to return to the pits immediately. Slow down, pull off the racing line and do not interfere with the progress of other drivers.
CHEQUERED FLAG - The session has finished. Slow down to half race speed and proceed to the pit lane under the guidance of the marshals.
All drivers must ensure that they are on time as events and sessions are run to a schedule and start with a mandatory safety briefing. So simply put, if you miss the briefing you cannot race. We recommend that all drivers arrive 30 minutes prior to their allocated track time as sessions are non-transferable and non-refundable.
Al Ain Raceway can cater for groups starting with packages for up to 10 drivers in a single exclusive event booking. Depending on which race format you desire we can run events for groups in excess of 300 drivers.