Sebastian Vettel, the 2013 Formula 1 world champion, continued his winning streak with his seventh consecutive victory at the Yas Marina circuit.
Pole sitter Mark Webber did not make the best start and was overtaken on either side by his Red Bull team-mate Vettel and the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg.
As the Mercedes defended from Webber, Vettel composed his familiar fine opening lap form by going 1.9 seconds clear.
With Vettel pulling away up front, Webber gradually fell away from Rosberg and was soon under pressure from the Lotus of Romain Grosjean.
Webber and Grosjean pitted together on lap eight and returned in the same order, while Vettel was one of the last frontrunners to stop as he continued to lap faster on his old soft tyres than all those on fresh mediums.
The leading Red Bull finally came in at the end of lap four and resumed in the lead, ahead of the Ferrari duo of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso, both of whom had yet to stop.
Vettel continued to reel off the remaining laps, nearly lapping the entire field and crossed the start/finish line recording his tenth victory of the season.
Webber recovered from his poor first stint by closing Rosberg down once they were both on the medium-compound Pirellis and sweeping round the outside of the Mercedes on lap twenty.
Rosberg kept the Red Bull in sight thereafter, but did not have the pace to seriously challenge Webber.
Similarly, Grosjean was unable to keep up with the Mercedes. The Lotus driver only narrowly cleared the Ferrari pair after his second stop before putting on a late charge that fell just short of usurping Rosberg.
The main excitement in the closing stages of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was the fight for fifth, as a number of cars closed on the one-stopping Force India of Paul di Resta.
Lewis Hamilton, who felt a vibration and had his team to check the brakes before the start, had already lost ground in the second stint.
Unlike Webber and Grosjean, the Mercedes driver was unable to overtake the yet-to-stop Sauber of Esteban Gutierrez.
Once the Sauber pitted, Hamilton caught the Force India of the late-stopping Adrian Sutil, which was on mediums.
By then the Mercedes had Massa, Nico Hulkenberg and Alonso not far behind.
All three made it by Sutil’s Force India, but not before Massa had brilliantly dived by the Mercedes to run fifth. Alonso also got by Hulkenberg during the battle.
As the other cars pitted, Alonso closed on Massa before the Brazilian stopped.
Alonso left his final pit-stop until there were just eleven laps to go and changed to softs. He rejoined just ahead of Massa and alongside Jean-Eric Vergne, getting ahead of the Toro Rosso as the Ferrari jumped over the kerbs.
The move attracted the attention of the race stewards and will be investigated post-race.
But Alonso charged on and started closing on Hamilton, who in turn was closing on di Resta, setting up a battle for fifth over the last half-dozen laps.
It took Alonso no time to overcome the Mercedes on lap 50 and he passed di Resta soon after.
As Alonso charged on, setting fastest lap on the final lap, di Resta successfully held off Hamilton for an impressive sixth.
With Vergne fading on his old rubber and eventually pitting, Massa moved up to eighth position, while Sergio Perez’s McLaren overtook Sutil on the final lap to take ninth.
Charles Pic led the fight of Formula 1’s minnows early on, but was overcome by Giedo van der Garde. Never the less, he finished well clear on the Marussias, headed by Jules Bianchi.
After being put to the back after qualifying for failing a floor deflection test, Kimi Raikkonen’s race ended in just 300 metres… He tried to pass the Caterhams at the first corner and the ensuing contact with van der Garde put the Lotus out.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, race results after 55 laps:
1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1h38m06.106s
2. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault +30.8s
3. Nico Rosberg Mercedes +33.6s
4. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault +34.8s
5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari +1m07.1s
6. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes +1m18.1s
7. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +1m19.2s
8. Felipe Massa Ferrari +1m22.8s
9. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes +1m31.1s
10. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes +1m33.2s
11. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault +1m35.9s
12. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes +1m43.6s
13. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari +1m44.1s
14. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap
15. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault +1 lap
16. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari +1 lap
17. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari +1 lap
18. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault +1 lap
19. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault +1 lap
20. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth +2 laps
21. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth +2 laps
Fastest lap: Alonso 1m43.434
Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 0 lap
World Championship standings, round 17:
1. Vettel 347
2. Alonso 217
3. Raikkonen 183
4. Hamilton 175
5. Webber 166
6. Rosberg 159
7. Grosjean 114
8. Massa 106
9. Button 60
10. Di Resta 48
11. Hulkenberg 39
12. Perez 35
13. Sutil 29
14. Ricciardo 19
15. Vergne 13
16. Gutierrez 6
17. Maldonado 1
1. Red Bull-Renault 513
2. Mercedes 324
3. Ferrari 323
4. Lotus-Renault 297
5. McLaren-Mercedes 95
6. Force India-Mercedes 77
7. Sauber-Ferrari 55
8. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 32
9. Williams-Renault 1
Next race: Austin Grand Prix, Circuit of the Americans. November 15-17.