Bahrain readies for Formula 1


The countdown for the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2020 has begun with the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) announcing a variety of attractions both on and off the track for the event this month. 

The four-day spectacle, taking place from March 19 to 22 in Sakhir, is the biggest motorsport event in the region. Grammy award-winning DJ and producer Afrojack will be the megastar concert act on the Friday of the race weekend, it was announced at the launch of the 16th edition of the Bahrain Grand Prix at The Avenues Mall.

Speaking at a press conference during the launch, BIC chief executive Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa and Gulf Air deputy chief executive officer Captain Waleed Al Alawi announced some of the major details of this year’s race.

Shaikh Salman said: “2020 will mark some major milestones, with the 70th anniversary of both F1 and our partners at Gulf Air. We are truly celebrating in style with Afrojack as our major concert act, together with an amazing mix of other entertainment and racing. On the racing side, in addition to F1, we are delighted to be welcoming F3 for the first time, together with the return of F2. With 52 cars taking to the grid in these feeder series, drivers will be pushing the limits to prove themselves and progress to the ultimate level of F1.

“We urge fans across the world to book their tickets as soon as possible as seats are already selling fast. We look forward to welcoming everyone to BIC for our night-time spectacle in March.”

BIC has put together special packages for fans attending the season’s first night race.

Capt. Al Alawi added: “This is an exciting time for Gulf Air and for the Kingdom of Bahrain as a whole as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the airline and Formula 1 as a sport. We are delighted to once again welcome visitors to the Kingdom to attend the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2020. There’s so much to look forward to this year and, on behalf of Gulf Air, we are honoured to be longstanding partners with the Bahrain International Circuit and to bring the Formula 1 Grand Prix to Bahrain year after year, further showcasing Bahrain onto the international stage. On behalf of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, I look forward to yet another successful Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.”

This year, some of the biggest attractions include the 42-metre high Ferris Wheel and the carousel-like Ghost Rider speed ride, both of which are sure to have fans lining up to enjoy the thrills.

Among the other attractions over the race weekend are carnival games, kids’ play areas, stage acts and roaming acts.