Bahrain Welcomes F1 Theme Park Idea

The organisers of the Bahrain Grand Prix have welcomed plans to create a Formula One theme park in Dubai, because it will help raise awareness of the sport in the region

Bahrain Welcomes F1 Theme Park Idea

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone announced the plans for the park at the season-closing Chinese Grand Prix, prompting speculation that the venue could act as a precursor to the country trying to stage their own F1 race.

But rather than be worried about the Dubai plans, Bahrain's general manager Martin Whitaker has said he is delighted by the announcement.

"We see the development of the entertainment park in Dubai as being extremely beneficial to Bahrain at a time when the awareness and enthusiasm for the Formula One World Championship is growing in the region," he said.

"Having the security of a long term contract to stage the Middle East's only Grand Prix is vitally important to the circuit and the Kingdom of Bahrain.

"We are now entering a new phase in the development of the sport and associated business activities here in Bahrain.

"The circuit has a strong portfolio of international and regional racing; the pinnacle of which is Formula One, while our business focus is now on the ongoing development, in Bahrain, of the region's first active exhibition and business centre."

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