Sakhir (Arabic: الصخير[romanization needed]) is a desert area located in the Southern Governorate of Bahrain, near Zallaq.[1] It contains the Al-Sakhir Palace, built in 1870.

The VIP tower at the Bahrain International Circuit, in Sakhir.

Camping in Sakhir during the winter months is a popular activity in the country.[2]

Notable sitesEdit

In the early 2000s, the area saw many changes such as the creation of the University of Bahrain main campus and Bahrain International Circuit, the home of Formula One's Bahrain Grand Prix. During the 2020 Formula One season, the track hosted a second race, the Sakhir Grand Prix, using an alternate track layout.

Sakhir is also the location of the biannual Bahrain International Airshow[3] as well as the Al Areen Wildlife Park, the only nature reserve and zoo located on land in Bahrain.

Bell Sports, an American manufacturer of bicycle and motorsport helmets, has a showroom located near Bahrain International Circuit.[4]


  1. ^ "Camping in the Sakheer Desert". 6 February 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  2. ^ Bahrain wilderness draws families and youth
  3. ^ "In pictures: Bahrain International Air Show 2018 at the Sakhir Airbase". Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Al Salam Bank-Bahrain supports OMP Racing S.p.A. In the acquisition of Bell Racing Helmets Group". 22 December 2019.

Coordinates: 26°02′00″N 50°31′00″E / 26.0333°N 50.5167°E / 26.0333; 50.5167