In our mission to bridge Khaleeji Culture, inspire, and enlighten our Readers, we’ve introduced a new series of articles. Titled Panorama, these articles will spotlight and feature a mix of different Khaleeji personalities from the Gulf and give you a sneak peak into their world. If you’d like to nominate someone to showcase on Panorama, please email us at

This week’s panorama participant is Eyad Ebrahim from Manama, Bahrain.

1) Tell us about yourself…

Regardless of whatever hat I’m wearing, I am a big motorsports geek at heart. I’ve been involved in motor racing in all its verities, and I like to think it’s more a life style than a hobby. My days, if not spent track side (or the compulsory 5-9), are spent in remote garage working on a friends project car or a motorbike, and night is my reading time when I’m in front of a computer looking up what is new with the sport and what can I do next for the sport.

2) Best accomplishment till now?

Motorsports wise, my best accomplishment is hard to pin down to just one thing, at one point I was the youngest Race Director in the middle east (possibly the world, too) running the Thunder Arabia “ZIP formula Championship” at the age of 23, I am also still the youngest national steward in Bahrain’s ASN.

3) If you could be anything in the world, what would you be?

The Middle Eastern Bernie Ecclestone.

4) What do you like most about your hometown Manama?

The diversty of cultures and having people from all over the world living around me, where else would I be working on my Turkish friend’s car with my Italian friend after having some Indian food?


5) Where in your opinion are the best places:

* To eat? Any Tikka place.

* Shop? Moda Mall

* People watch? I don’t people watch but they say it’s Coffee shop hoping in Adliya.

* Soak up some culture? Sheesha joints especially Beirut in the heart of Manama.

6) Favorite Quote:

“Racing is life, everything else is just waiting.” – Steve McQueen

7) Best travel experience:

Many to pin down, but I think road tripping from one race track to another in england with a group of friends in 2007 was an unforgettable experience.

8) Favorite Childhood memory:

Dubbed Japanese cartoons.

Images courtesy of Eyad Ebrahim.

– K-Staff

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