Sakhir Air Base

Airfield Profile

Key Facts

Name: Sakhir Air Base
Alternate Name:  
Location: Sakhir
IATA Code: none
Usage: Military
Category: Major Air Base
Start: 2010


Operator: Royal Bahraini Air Force, Air Operations Centre, PO Box 245, Bahrain.

Operator’s Identity Codes:

Code Operator
n/a RBAF


Country Region Sub-Region
Bahrain Southern Governorate Sadad

Address: Not known.

Nearest Town/City: Sadad – airfield is 3 miles (4.8 km) southeast.

  Latitude Longitude
Deg. Min. Sec. N 26° 02′ 05.00″ E 050° 31′ 29.00″
Decimal N 26.03472° E 50.52472°

Elevation: 23 m/76 ft

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Name Changes

Sakhir Air Base 2010 – Present

Narrative Summary

Smaller than the Shaikh Isa Air Base in the south, Sakhir is another newly constructed airfield with the latest facilities. Construction began circa 2006, following the successful inaugural race at the nearby Bahrain International Circuit, home of the first Formula 1 race in the Middle East. The airfield is located just to the east of the racing circuit and has potential to be a major business jet airport in the region. For now, the main user is the Amiri Royal flight, which moved from Bahrain International in early 2010.

Key Dates

2006    Work starts on constructing Sakhir AB
Jan 2010    Formally opening of the base
21 Jan 2010    First Bahrain International Airshow
2010    Royal Flight arrives


Direction Length Width Surface
Metres (m) Feet (ft) Metres (m) Feet (ft)
17/35 3800 12467 45 148 Paved


The following organisations are, or were, permanently based at this location:

Based Military Units

Not applicable.

Based Civilian Operators

Operator Arrived Departed Activity
Bahrain Amiri Royal Flight 2010 Current VIP Transport

Photo Gallery

To be added.

More Information


‘The Story of Aviation in the Kingdom of Bahrain’ [Order this book from Amazon UK]


Feature articles to be added.


None known.

Disclaimer: Information is provided on this page for historical purposes only, and not for aerial navigation.

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