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An Extraordinary Moment: Gulf Air Grand Prix

Updated: Nov 9, 2023

Personal photo taken of Natalia Bah and Carl Hicks, Jr. at the Formula 1 Gulf Air Grand Prix watch party in 2022
Natalia Bah and Carl Hicks, Jr., at the Formula 1 Gulf Air Grand Prix watch party

Lately, I've found myself focused on the East--The Kingdom of Bahrain in the Middle East, that is.

Not only have I enjoyed the opportunity to facilitate an Engaged Learning Experience with Dr. Mubarak Buti and his team, but I’ve also learned more about his responsibilities as the Cultural and Educational Counselor of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Earlier this spring, His Excellency Shaikh Abdullah bin Rashed Al Khalifa, the Ambassador of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain, invited my daughter and me to the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix watch party. Bahrain hosted the first race of the season. It was an exciting and energy-filled gathering.

A wonderful family event, the watch party was hosted by the Ambassador and embassy staff. We had the opportunity to meet members of the Bahraini embassy and visit with many friends of the Kingdom of Bahrain from the US State Department and American University, the alma mater of HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and Prime Minister, Kingdom of Bahrain. My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the race, partaking of the delicious foods, and soaking in the spirit of the casual sporting event. Many of those attending even donned Formula 1 jerseys.

We’re very thankful to His Excellency the Ambassador for having given us this memory-making moment.

Life is made up of moments--most of them ordinary, mundane, routine. Sometimes, though, an extraordinary moment presents itself. And this pleasant event was one of those extraordinary moments.

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