Bahrain underlines security but refutes claims of preferential treatment The Kingdom of Bahrain today assured all visitors attending the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix that their safety is of paramount importance to the island's authorities. In a...
Bahrain underlines security but refutes claims of preferential treatment
The Kingdom of Bahrain today assured all visitors attending the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix that their safety is of paramount importance to the island's authorities. In a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior, visitors were reminded that the authorities are providing all necessary security measures to ensure that their stay on the island is a safe and enjoyable one.
Recent stories in the international and regional media have suggested that certain Formula One personalities, World Champion Michael Schumacher in particular, have been singled out for special treatment. The Ministry of Interior and race organisers, the Bahrain International Circuit, underlined that everyone visiting the island, including all leading Formula One personalities, are being afforded the same levels of security protection.
Colonel Tariq Mubarak Bin Daineh, spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior, the agency responsible for security throughout the island said, "Security is of paramount importance to all of us in Bahrain.
The Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix is the largest sporting event of its kind to be held in this part of the world and we are concentrating all our resources on ensuring the safety of all those involved in the Formula One race."
The Ministry has been coordinating the national effort in providing the security for the race and has received the cooperation of all the relevant government agencies. The Ministry is in constant contact with the Bahrain International Circuit and is working with the circuit to provide stringent cover at all times.
"Apart from ensuring the smooth running of the race, one of our primary focuses is on the safety of those visiting the island. While we have some extremely high-profile visitors, Michael Schumacher among them, it is important to stress that we are treating everyone attending the race with the same levels and standards of security," said Colonel Bin Daineh.
"We want everyone who visits Bahrain to enjoy their stay with us and to understand that we have extensive security plans in place. These activities, as they will be during other races on the FIA Formula One calendar, will be present throughout the island but will be as unobtrusive as possible," he added.