Bahrain is a small archipelago in the Persian Gulf, neatly situated between the Qatar peninsula and the north eastern coast of Saudi Arabia. The kingdom of Bahrain was the location of the first ever oil well in the Gulf and enjoys all of the luxuries of an oil-based economy.
Manama is the capital of Bahrain that most visitors will base themselves for the weekend as it will provide everything you need for a weekend, or more, in the country.
Although Arabic is the official language of Bahrain, English is compulsory in schools and you will find that it is spoken widely. It is important to keep in mind that although more liberal that some countries in the region, Bahrain is an Islamic country and respect towards local practices should be held. This includes dressing modestly and avoiding public displays of affection!
Bahrain International Airport is located around 10km from Manama and approximately 40km away from Bahrain International Circuit. Very few airlines offer direct flights from the UK to Bahrain, so be prepared for a stop-over on your flight.
Gulf Air are based in Bahrain and offer flights from a range of countries across Europe, Asia and Africa. An alternative is to fly via nearby Abu Dhabi or Dubai and transfer at either of these major international airports to a low cost regional carrier such as Fly Dubai, Rotana Jet or Air Arabia.
Bahrain offers something for everyone; from shopping, culture and beaches, Bahrain is sure to keep you busy during your stay.
In the bustling capital Manama, situated in the north east of the island, there is a wide range of restaurants and attractions. Be aware of the laws surrounding alcohol, many hotels in the area are "dry" and being under the influence in public is an offence.
For the shopper, Manama has numerous shopping malls including the Moda Mall set in the architectural landmark of the Bahrain World Trade Center.
See the wonders of Bahraini culture by exploring the 'must-see' Al-Faith Mosque in Manama and we also suggest a visit south of the island to discover the magical Tree of Life, a 400 year old tree which survives despite the brutal conditions of its surroundings.
Bahrain is a fantastic destination for those seeking sunshine and beaches. Bahrain boasts a host of public and private beaches and although the country is considered more liberal than some of its neighbours, it is important to note that there are strict guidelines for swimwear, and we recommend you check this before departing.
The date of this race is based on the provisional calendar. Usually these dates do not change but this cannot be guaranteed until the final calendar is released towards the end of the year. If the date of the race does change, it will not affect the validity of any tickets you purchase for the event. If possible, we recommend booking any accommodation and flights/travel on a flexible basis or waiting until the calendar is confirmed.
For extra peace of mind, you can take out Booking Protection cover at the checkout and receive a refund on your booking including service and delivery fees if the event date changes and you cannot attend on the new date.