MANAMA, April 17 (Xinhua) -- Bahrain is gearing up for hosting Gulf Air F1 Grand Prix 2013, slated for April 19, as drivers worldwide started to arrive in Manama to take part in the three- day event at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC).
The security measures have been tightened in main streets, crossroads and hotels around the place of the race arena in anticipation of any demonstration staged by anti-government protesters.
Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa, the BIC chief executive, said he expects a large turnout this year, with the growing popularity of the race in Bahrain and in the region.
The race was cancelled in 2011 due to the unrest sweeping the country, while it achieved a success in the following year.
In the meantime, Bahrain's traffic authorities have put forward a comprehensive plan to ensure a smooth traffic during the race event to deal with growing influx of tourists and fans.