Information Affairs Minister, Ali bin Mohammed Al-Romaihi, said that the Ministry of Information Affairs has cooperated with the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) and coordinated with the relevant government sides to provide all the necessary technical and media services for more than 500 media figures representing various local and international news agencies and media outlets in covering the Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix.
The minister said that since the inception of F1 races in Bahrain, the kingdom has succeeded in projecting an honourable image of the outstanding technical and organisational ability of its youth and national competencies in hosting the international race, considered an economic, media and sporting event whose viewers and followers exceed 100 million.
Al-Romaihi stressed that the world coverage of the event is an opportunity to project the kingdom’s civilisational image, as well as its huge potentials and national competencies, and highlighted the outstanding role of the Bahraini youth at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Regarding the accompanying events and the allocation of a special area for the public, the minister said that Bahrain’s F 1 race aims to involve all social segments and meet their needs, noting that the events held on the sidelines of this year’s race have been appreciated by the visitors.
The minister said that those responsible for BIC have proved their professionalism and accumulated experience in organising mega events, which reflects Bahrain’s distinction in hosting F 1 races.
He explained that holding events in BIC throughout the year has helped Bahraini youth gain the needed experience in attracting and hosting events in a way that appeals to fans of all kinds of races.
Al-Romaihi said that the coverage of the event is shared responsibility shouldered by all media, lauding the distinguished coverage of Bahraini newspapers of this year’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
He added that that all have assumed their roles in order to reflect the kingdom’s image and ability to host such a mega event, noting that foreign journalists and reporters have an opportunity to gather first-hand information about Bahrain.
The minister said that many guests have voiced their admiration for what they have seen in Bahrain, and lauded the professionalism of Bahraini youth and the dedication of volunteers in organising the race.
It is also an opportunity for social media specialists to attend the event and increase the number of their followers, he said.
Al-Romaihi also praised Bahrain TV’s outstanding coverage of this year’s Grand Prix, and ability to reach out to viewers through their reports from BIC or outside it, including the airport, commercial malls and accompanying events, noting that TV channels and news agencies have cooperated with Bahrain TV in covering the competition.
He expressed thanks and appreciation to all Bahrain TV staff in studios or at BIC for their efforts to provide a comprehensive coverage for viewers and project Bahrain’s real image which many parties tried to distort.
On the role of investment in hosting the F 1 races, the minister said that since the launch of the project, Bahrain has spared no effort to ensure its success, and is ready to cooperate with investors to ensure its continuous distinction.