The 2004 Bahrain Grand Prix marked the first ever round of the FIA Formula One World Championship to be held in Middle East. Pioneers in the sport, the Bahraini passion for racing has continued to grow and 2018’s race is scheduled to take place from April 6 -8. The race is traditionally the first night race of the season held out under the Sakhir desert stars. Meanwhile off the track, expect a wide variety of entertainment at the Formula 1 Village, the deserts very own oasis.
Visitors can team a race weekend with a journey into Bahrain’s rich history and culture. Visit Qal'at al-Bahrain, a 5000 year old fort and one of the kingdom’s UNESCO World Heritage sites. Follow this by wandering through one of the traditional souqs, breathing in the aroma of spices and haggling over souvenirs, before heading to Block 338, a trendy quarter filled with restaurants, cafes and art galleries. The adventurous can try their hand at pearl diving. Historically Bahrain was the centre of the world’s pearl trade with Bahraini pearls considered the best in the world. Today you can explore the treasures in Bahrain’s turquoise waters for yourself - any pearls you do find are yours to keep forever.