Imagine traveling to another part of the globe to experience one of the greatest races in the world. That’s right, the Bahrain F1 2020. Whether you have already bought your Bahrain F1 packages, or are still contemplating whether or not to go (this should convince you!), read on to learn how to have the best Bahrain F1 2020 experience.
1. Know how to get around.
Most visitors will fly into the Bahrain International Airport (BAH), which is located approximately seven kilometers northeast of the capital, Manama.
Many tourists visiting Bahrain for the Grand Prix can receive a free visa on arrival. This airport has direct flights to the Gulf region, Europe and Asia. Once you arrive at the airport, a taxi should cost you around BHD 4 to 8 (USD 10 to 20). Alternatively, there is a public bus that will take you to the city center.
The city itself doesn’t have much in the way of public transport, so your best option is to travel by taxi, car-sharing, or private car. For the best experience, opt to organize a private, chauffeur-driven vehicle to get you to and from the circuit.
For the main event, you will need to head to Sakhir, home of the Bahrain Grand Prix.
To reach the track, it will take you about 30 to 45 minutes by car. There are free shuttle buses that go from the airport to the circuit and select hotels. If you opt to take a taxi, it should cost you around BHD 10 to 15 (USD 25 to 40) each way.
Some visitors like the freedom of renting a car, plus the Bahrain Grand Prix has easy and free parking. Finally, if you have booked F1 hospitality packages, coach transfers may be included.
2. Choose (carefully) where you want to sit.
The Bahrain International Circuit has a variety of seating options. However, they all offer fantastic viewing opportunities; you just need to decide where seems right for your group.
If you want to see all the pit action and have the best view of the race start, then the Main Grandstand will be ideal as it is located on the start/finish area, opposite the team garages. On the other hand, if you want to see the final series of corners, then the Victory Grandstand is for you.
Other options include the Turn 1 Grandstand, which is a fantastic spot for witnessing overtaking as it is situated on the approach to the first corner. Undoubtedly, the best seat in the house can be found in the Formula 1 Paddock Club, which is right above the pit garages.
3. Make the most of the F1 activities.
Each year, the Bahrain organizers put on a wide array of activities as part of the off-track entertainment program. For example, in the F1 Village area, you can enjoy the performances of musicians, circus performers, and humorists.
On Thursday evening, you can watch the teams prepare the new 2020 cars, and then attend concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings. Moreover, at Bahrain F1 2020, you can anticipate more activities, such as driver interviews and autograph sessions.
The Bahrain Grand Prix now has an evening schedule, thanks to the fantastic night lights. This makes for the best experience as the temperature is much more comfortable for spectators and the cars look beautiful under the lights.
Keep in mind that the Bahrain Grand Prix 2020 takes place in late March, meaning temperatures will be around 25 to 30°C (75-85°F) during the day, with a low chance of rain. However, all seats at the circuit are covered.
4. Spend some time exploring.
If you are traveling to Bahrain for the Grand Prix 2020, then you also want to make sure that you spend some time exploring.
For culture and history activities, consider visiting the Bahrain National Museum, the Bahrain Fort, or the Al Fatih Mosque. If you are looking for souvenirs, City Centre Bahrain is the largest shopping center, while the Manama Souk will provide you with a more traditional experience.
If you are traveling with children, make sure to visit the family entertainment complex, Magic Planet, and the Wahooo! Water Park. When you are ready to chill out on the beach, head to Al Dar Island, where you can swim, snorkel and take part in some water sports.
Finally, you have to sample some of the local Bahraini cuisine while you are there. Start with some machboos (fragrant rice with meat), before sampling nasheef (potato and meat stew) and luqaimat (sweet dumplings). Many of Manama’s most excellent restaurants are in the Adliya district of the city. That being said, the best nightlife can be found in the skyscraper district of Seef.
Are you considering attending the Bahrain Grand Prix 2020? Is it on your bucket list, or are you thinking of traveling elsewhere to see the races?
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Oliver Kent is the Managing Director of ZK Sports & Entertainment, operating in the Middle East for over 10 years now. He is currently leading the company’s recent appointment as the Exclusive Marketing and Sales Agent for F1 Experiences in the Middle East.