The Jeddah Corniche Circuit is gearing up to host its third Formula One race from March 17th to 19th. The Jeddah Formula 1 circuit is set to remain the home of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix until at least 2027, while organizers work on a brand new facility at Qiddiya. The first race in Jeddah took place in December 2021, with the second one following closely from March 25th to 27th, 2022.
The high-speed circuit was constructed in a record eight months before the inaugural race. Located on reclaimed land in the north of the bustling port city of Jeddah, the circuit is the longest and fastest street circuit in the history of Formula 1.
Jeddahwis were thrilled to experience the event for the first time, with entertainment facilities and concerts attracting people from all walks of life. Although some locals feel that a strong interest in motorsports is necessary to enjoy the race, people have become accustomed to the event after just two seasons and feel proud to be part of the F1 world. “You have to be interested in this type of sport to go there”, said Mariam R., 41 years old. “I find the concerts around the event attractive and appealing to young people mostly. I went before, but this year I am not sure I will go.”
Despite varying opinions, the preparation for the event, including advertisements and media announcements, has added a spark to the city’s atmosphere, bringing joy and excitement to the residents. “It’s an event that puts us on the world map. Now Jeddah is better known than before”, said Ibrahim Al Ghamdi, a salesman at a shop in Red Sea Mall near where the Formula One race is taking place. Jeddah is one of four cities in the Middle East hosting F1 race, alongside Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and Doha.