The Australian-based V8 Supercar series has concluded a deal to stage its season opener at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix venue Yas Marina for three years from 2010.
The inaugural race will be held on 18-20 February next season, with the V8s' Bahrain round moved from the tail end of the season to form a Middle Eastern double header with Abu Dhabi one week later.
Richard Cregan, head of Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management, said the addition of V8 Supercar was part of the track's plan to host a variety of top line international series as well as Formula 1.
"Our mandate at ADMM is to develop Yas Marina Circuit into a regional and international centre of motorsport excellence," he said.
"These are cars that we all see on the streets of Abu Dhabi, everyday. On the track, spectators and viewers will witness some of the most sensational wheel-to-wheel racing imaginable.
"Year round, Yas Marina Circuit will be the venue for many of the world's top motor racing series as well as offering opportunities for the general public to experience the thrill of motorsport within a safe environment."
V8 Supercar boss Tony Cochrane added: "In Yas Marina Circuit, the United Arab Emirates has one of the world's top motor racing venues and we are certain that race car fans across the region will revel in the great show that the V8 Supercars will put on."