The six-times world champion raced untroubled from pole position to secure his 73rd win of a record-breaking career.
While Formula One's debut in the Middle East provided novelty and a change of scenery, the result remained the same as Schumacher led Ferrari imperiously to their second one-two of the year.
Brazilian Rubens Barrichello [ Images ] was second, just as he had been in the Australian season-opener, with Briton Jenson Button [ Images ] third again for BAR after taking the first grand prix podium of his career at the last race in Malaysia.
Ferrari maintained their stranglehold on the constructors' championship with 51 points, ahead of Renault on 22.
As Schumacher sprayed fizzy fruit juice at his podium rivals, in accordance with local Islamic sensitivities, Ferrari's old rivals McLaren [ Images ] once again licked their wounds.
Kimi Raikkonen [ Images ], the man who took Schumacher down to the wire last season and ended overall runner-up, was the first retirement when his engine blew spectacularly with the race barely started.
A sheet of flames erupted from the rear of the car, followed by a column of smoke and steam, as the Finn headed for his third successive retirement.
Team mate David Coulthard [ Images ] also retired.
Button's Japanese team mate Takuma Sato [ Images ] finished fifth while Spain's Fernando Alonso [ Images ], watched by his country's king Juan Carlos from a gathering of kings and princes, powered from 16th place to take sixth.
Williams driver Ralf Schumacher, Michael's younger brother, was seventh with Jaguar's Australian Mark Webber [ Images ] eighth.
Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya [ Images ], who had been third for most of the race, was lapped and limped across the line 13th after his Williams slowed in the closing stages.