Bahrain back on the F1 calendar

Bahrain back on the F1 calendar

Officials in Bahrain have confirmed the F1 Grand Prix, originally scheduled from March 13th, will now take place on October 30th.

The event was postponed as civil unrest swept the country. However, following a recent lifting of the state of emergency in the Middle Eastern country, officials have concluded it is safe to return.

The Indian Grand Prix, which had provisionally been scheduled for October 30th, will now move to December, becoming the final race of the season.

Pro-democracy protests in Bahrain have so far claimed the lives of more than 20 people as citizens seek to emulate the overthrow of governments in Tunisia and Egypt.

“This is welcome news for all of Bahrain,” said Zayed Rashid Alzayani, chairman of the Bahrain International Circuit.

“As a country we have faced a difficult time, but stability has returned, with businesses operating close to normal and countries removing travel restrictions.”

The state of emergency in the Gulf kingdom was lifted on Wednesday, but there have been reports of further violence in the capital Manama on Friday.

However, the race remains controversial.

Red Bull driver Mark Webber had gone public with his opposition, stating on Twitter “When people in a country are being hurt, the issues are bigger than sport.”


Also in Europe today, City.Mobi is celebrating the success of its new guide to London. 

City.Mobi offers the most comprehensive mobile travel guides available, with over 800 cities in 200 countries listed. Each is developed by the City.Mobi team to combine into a single global travel directory.

However, each city retains its own mobile identity via a dedicated domain. Already on offer are Brussels.Mobi, Paris.Mobi, Sanfrancisco.Mobi and Sydney.Mobi.

Manama.Mobi is the latest in this illustrious line up, offering click to call functionality – which means no scribbling down telephone numbers.

Most entries are also linked to websites where users can quickly access more detailed information if needed.

Other key features include information on accommodation, restaurants, attractions, entertainment, nightlife, shopping, and transport.

City.Mobi guides include user reviews and traveller utilities such as a translation guide, currency converter, news and local weather guide.