Why Bahrain’s Formula 1 Grand Prix is the Hottest Ticket in The Middle East
It’s a scorcher!
When Formula One pitches up at the Bahrain International Circuit, it becomes the Kingdom's most high-profile event of the year and the best time to visit.
Combine 25-degree highs, a cool gulf sea breeze, and the arid desert surroundings with modern wealth, royalty and premium luxury hospitality and it’s easy to see why it attracts the global elite to Bahrain’s premier racetrack.
If the star-studded driver line-up of Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen aren’t enough to make your eyes bulge in their mere presence, then the famous, fortunate and flashy will more than make up for it.
The circuit's big screens cut from Bahraini’s numerous Royalty in the paddock area to the UK’s celebrity royalty in David Beckham Instagramming the pre-race grid next to F1 legend Coulthard and many more.
There’s even a cheeky flash of Carol Vorderman's figure-hugging dress showing off her amazing curves to satisfy the gossip columns. Everyone’s on the podium!
And to top it off, Becks waves the chequered flag for the race to start.
The Desert Track
Now, with epic drag races, superbike championships, drifting nights and more, they certainly keep the revs up all year round.
If you’re feeling inspired by the on-track action, there’s even a world-class go-karting track to unleash your inner speed demon.
And if you want to really step it up, take to the main circuit in a 220bhp Renault Clio Cup race car for a real introduction to the thrills of high-speed motorsport.
Out Of Race Concerts
Off the track, the live music kept the Bahraini crowds' energy at an all-time high.
Martin Garrix's epic Friday evening DJ set kicked off the weekend with a BANG.
While Kygo’s two-and-a-half hour set on Saturday night was filled with lasers, smoke machines and a whole lot of fist pumping and jumping.
Stay With The Drivers
If you really want to immersive yourself in the Formula 1 experience, then stay at the Hotel Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa. It's only a short drag race away from the international circuit.
Its location makes it extremely popular with all the F1 teams' staff and it’s not uncommon to see a few of the drivers go through their morning stretches next to the pool.
Plus their brunch is apparently the best in Bahrain... there’s only one way to test that out.
Entertainment In The Sky
Not only did Gulf Air treat the spectators to an extremely low flyover, just as though the massive jumbo jet aircraft was racing around the circuit itself, but as soon as Hamilton crossed the line to take 1st place, a firework display to rival any global New Year's Eve party burst the desert night sky into life.
Luckily, they didn’t happen at the same time.
Off Track Fanzone
Off the track, the F1 Fanzone kept all petrolheads more than active with pit-stop challenges, reaction games, and the ever-rising e-sports game stations.
Add to that the multitude of fairground rides and circus performers walking around the fan area in full costume, keeping everyone’s eyes lit up all weekend long.
By James Fenn
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