So I finally am getting over my laziness and permanent jet lag and actually getting myself to update this blog. Now the talk of the town these days is Formula-1 (and our all-moral parliament but that's beaten to death & I'm sick of them all). F-1 Bahrain is on April 15. That's next month! Meaning, this is my time to give my pre-F1 rant:
With zero introductions: someone needs to fire everyone in charge of the F1 circuit, its management, and everyone in its marketing & PR team. The head of PR has made an interesting announcement today about potential future investments in the circuit, profits, and increased ticket sales (all bullocks of course). It has been 3 years now, and we are yet to see investments, profits, or any ticket sales (P.S. stop giving them away).
I'm not totally idealistic about this.. I realize most projects require an initial investment and may not yeild profits for years, but I see no hope for this one. I mean, it's a great concept with lots of potential (even my mom attended the 1st season) but I don't think the point of it was to create 1 day of local fun for Bahrainis! I mean, something must be wrong if we can't get people to actually visit Bahrain and buys tickets and it's already the 3rd year!
For example, Malaysia truly Asia has been preparing and advertising and creating all sorts of noise and excitement about its F1 round for months now. Here, on the other hand, the circuit didn't bother to meet with the chamber of commerce until last week. Tickets are still being given away for free. Advertising is sad. Hotel rooms are being booked by circuit management for their "VIP" guests rather than actual visitors, etc to the end of the annual festival of retardation.
The Audit Court had its critique of it, and slowly some journalists are starting to write about it. Of course not all of them are well-meaning & it's a bit complicated since power politics are involved and people calculate their alliances before discussing a project that is directly associated with the Crown Prince. But the point is, regardless of those sensitivities, everyone wants it to succeed for Bahrain and managing it professionally should not be rocket science! I wonder how much loss we have to take? Also, I wonder where those plans of "year-round" excitement were (no drag racing isn't it).. I think the formula desparately needs a new formula!