In 2004, Sakhir became known for hosting the first Formula One Grand Prix race in the Middle East. Held at the Bahrain International Circuit, spectators are not far from the busy City Centre Bahrain, which is a main district of stores, restaurants, and entertainment.
Plenty of sightseeing can be done around the circuit, but much of the action takes place in Manama on the northeast tip of the country. The Bahrain Grand Prix brings a variety of entertainment to Bahrain so that spectators are not left struggling to fill their time.
Bahrain uses the British Pound (GBP). Here are some common conversions:
The primary language spoken in Bahrain is Arabic, but English is also widely spoken.
Outside of the Bahrain International Circuit, spectators will find venues full of local history, including:
If weather permits, spectators can make use of nearby beaches or the Wahooo Water Park. There is an abundance of shopping near the City Centre of Bahrain. Visitors can also see the 400-year-old Tree of Life or the Bahrain World Trade Center.
Circuit Name: Bahrain International Circuit
Track Location: In the Sakhir desert, east of the Gulf of Bahrain
Distance from the Closest Airport: 28.8 km (17.9 mi) to Bahrain International Airport
Distance from Downtown: 31.6 km (19.6 mi) to Downtown Manama
Year Opened: 1996
First Grand Prix: 2004
The Bahrain International Circuit hosted the inaugural Bahrain Grand Prix in 2004 and has hosted it every year the race has been run. Bahrain only missed one Grand Prix since the circuit’s opening due to the 2011 Bahraini protests.
In 2010, the track was converted to an “Endurance Circuit” that extended the lap length. The configuration was used for only one year before being returned to its original form.
F1 enthusiasts will be traveling to Sakhir, Bahrain to witness first-hand the excitement and thrills of the Bahrain Grand Prix. During the three-day span in March, the streets of the Arab nation will fill with fans anticipating a heart-stopping race at the Bahrain International Circuit.
The 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix drew in a crowd of 95,000 fans over the race-day weekend and boasted one of the most thrilling races of the season. If the trend continues, this year’s Grand Prix is going to be a fitting second race of the season.
The March 31 race unfolds at Bahrain International Circuit, which saw its first race 14 years ago. The 57-lap race spans 308 km, delivering on a race filled with exciting twists and turns to keep the grandstand roaring with life.
The 2021 race is the 7th time that Bahrain International Circuit has hosted a Grand Prix race. The island nation has enjoyed the tourism it’s drawn in and travelers have appreciated the hospitality shown to them. It also helps that Bahrain’s Formula 1 Village goes all out in turning the city into a sea of Grand Prix entertainment.
The city welcomes world-class entertainers from all over and delivers on an exciting weekend where the fun doesn’t stop, even after the checkered flag drops. Sakhir is known for spectacular displays, like life-size animatronic dinosaurs, F1 workshops, parades, and so much more. The Bahrain Grand Prix starts to feel more like a festival than a race, and here’s to hoping that never changes.
When not engrossed in the excitement of the Grand Prix, visitors can take a moment to explore the beautiful archipelago. UNESCO World Heritage Sites, archaeological digs, prehistoric cemeteries, and merchant-rich bazaars speckle Bahrain, promising not a dull moment for anyone that visits. The nation’s capital, Manama, has earned the titles of Capital of Arab Culture, Capital of Arab Tourism, and Capital of Asian Tourism and it shows through the food and art scene that adds a unique touch to the fascinating city.
If not for the F1 merchandise and fellow attendees boasting about the event, it would be easy to forget why you traveled to the Middle Eastern nation. With so much to see and do that stretches beyond the scope of the 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix, it’s not a surprise when F1 attendees decide to stay an extra day or two to soak in the incredible nation.
Bahrain has earned the title of “Home of Motor Sports in the Middle East,” and the culturally rich island nation is not soon to give up that title. While the race itself is destined to draw in tens of thousands of spectators, the city itself is its own spectacle that 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix attendees will undoubtedly lose themselves in.