Tents to solve Bahrain F1 hotel shortage

Two Bahraini entrepreneurs, Rayan Kazerooni and Anis Ataba, have gained clearance from Bernie Ecclestone's Formula One Management to erect up to five 'camps' to accommodate visitors to next year's inaugural Bahrain GP. Each camp will comprise a number of huge luxury tents capable of holding 300 people, aimed at corporate guests as well as tourists. The initiative is aimed at solving an accommodation shortage near the new venue

Tents to solve Bahrain F1 hotel shortage

"The main permission is from the F1 body and they've given us their full support," Kazerooni told the Gulf Daily News. "They've even offered us a six-year licence for the project, which would allow us to do it alongside every Bahrain GP [in the initial contract]. We're talking about the history of Bahrain amalgamated with hi-tech F1 racing. It will create a flavour of past and present. We want visitors to live the Arabian experience.

"There is a problem with accommodation. There are plan to house people in places like Qatar. But this is an inconvenience when you consider it will be several hours between people leaving their accommodation and arriving at the circuit in Bahrain.

"Gulf Air has requested 500 spaces. They plan to sell a plane ticket, race ticket and tent accommodation as part of a package. But we plan to approach other airlines in the region to do something similar. Formula One Management will give us a list of all agents they have sold race tickets to and we'll offer it to them. We'll then go to sport and travel agents in Europe."

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