The Bahrain International Circuit chairman revealed that major refurbishment, including a high-tech lighting system, is underway, which will bring the venue into line with safety requirements.
Reports suggest that Bahrain is due to be named as the season-opening race for 2014, but Al Zayani has asked Bernie Ecclestone to push the provisional March 2 date back so that the changes can be properly tested.
"We requested from Bernie not to be the first Grand Prix of the year because we are undergoing a major refurbishment of our track to commemorate the 10th anniversary," Al Zayani told AUTOSPORT.
"We didn't want to be squeezed for time. There are many [changes], but the highlight will be a night race."
Singapore is currently the only race staged at night, while Abu Dhabi begins at dusk.