Formula 1 Grand Prix races announced in Turkey, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain

F1 events have a “phenomenal” impact on hotel occupancies in areas the races take place

Four Formula 1 Grand Prix races have been added to the calendar across the Middle East, with a race in Turkey, two in Bahrain and another in Abu Dhabi.

Formula 1 organisers announced the news on Tuesday, adding that the Chinese GP has been scrapped this year.

"We can confirm that Turkey, Bahrain (hosting two races), and Abu Dhabi will be part of the revised season and want to express our thanks to the hard work of all our promoters and partners in making this 17-race season possible," organisers said in a statement.

It will be the first time F1 has taken place in Turkey since 2011, with the event set to run at Istanbul Park on November 15.

This will be followed by back-to-back races at Bahrain on November 26 and December 6.

Bringing the season to a close will be Abu Dhabi, where the finest racers will meet at the Yas Marina circuit on December 13.

Formula One organisers added that "a number of races in the revised 2020 season will be open to a limited number of fans, including hospitality, and we are working with each promoter to finalise the details".

"While we want to see as many fans as possible return as soon as it is safe to do so, our priority remains the safety of the Formula 1 community and the communities we visit, and we review fan access on this basis.

"Due to the ongoing fluidity of the COVID-19 pandemic we continue to maintain close dialogue with all promoters and local authorities to ensure we operate in the safest way possible and monitor each national situation closely – including travel restrictions and local health procedures."

In the UAE capital, Yas Island will be turned into what organisers call the ‘F1 biosphere’, making Abu Dhabi one of the largest safe zones in the region. Yas Island, with its portfolio of luxury hotels, benefits greatly from massive sporting events. Earlier in the summer when UFC Fight Island took place, occupancy rates inched up by three percent on the island.

Similarly, in Bahrain the F1 season has historically pushed up hotel stays. In 2019, Colliers International said Bahrain’s hotel market had a “phenomenal” start to 2019 thanks to the GP event

Hotels such as W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island sit right alongside the Formula 1 track, making circuit-view rooms highly desirable when Lewis Hamilton and others show up. Though this year live spectators will be limited, the string of races could still boost hotel occupancies in Turkey, Bahrain and of course, Abu Dhabi.

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