Sebastian Vettel took the Formula 1 title after a stunning display to win the final race of the season at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
Third in the standings at the off, the 23-year-old Red Bull driver took pole position and never looked back.
Becoming the youngest champion, Vettel outpaced championship leader Fernando Alonso who finished in seventh.
Red Bull’s other title hope Mark Webber eighth. The Milton Keynes based team claimed the constructors’ title.
Lewis Hamilton, who had a slim title chance, finished second and his McLaren team-mate Jenson Button was third.
Button sees his championship title handed to Vettel after just one year.
The final standings had Vettel top on 256 points, four clear of Alonso in second, 14 above third-place Webber and 16 in front of Hamilton in fourth.
“It’s been an incredible year, we’ve always kept believing in the team, and the car, and I have kept believing in myself,” Vettel said following his victory.
“I’m speechless! The car was phenomenal. The start was crucial, and it was very tight with Lewis, but after that it settled down.”
Alonso arrived at the Yas Marina Circuit on 246 points, eight ahead of Webber and in control of his own destiny.
However, the Spaniard never recovered from early tire changes which left him down the field.
Also in the Middle East this week, World Mobi launched its new city guide to Abu Dhabi.
World Mobi offers the most comprehensive mobile travel guides available, with over 800 cities in 200 countries listed. Each is developed by the World Mobi team to combine into a single global travel directory.
Abu Dhabi.Mobi is the latest in this illustrious line up, offering click to call functionality – which means no scribbling down telephone numbers.
Most entries are also linked to websites where users can quickly access more detailed information if needed.
Other key features include information on accommodation, restaurants, attractions, entertainment, nightlife, shopping, and transport.
City.Mobi guides include user reviews and traveller utilities such as a translation guide, currency converter, news and local weather guide.
World Travel Awards
Finally, Abu Dhabi has also been celebrating a triumphant run at the World Travel Awards.
At a star studded event on November 7th, the Abu Dhabi Tourist Board took the coveted title of 2010 World’s Leading Tourist Board.