In 2016, the race opens with two stages suited for the sprinters with finishes in Madinat Zayet and Abu Dhabi.The stage 3 summit finish on Jebel Hafeet remains the queen stage of the race which has little change from the 2015 edition won by Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange). The race again concludes on the Yas Marina Circuit.
There will be 11 WorldTour teams in attendance at the race with four Pro-Continental and three Continental teams joining them.
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