Saudi Arabia set to welcome the Dakar Rally in early 2020

first_imgDakar Rally, the world’s biggest and most challenging rally confirmed that it will debut in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in January 2020.At a special event in Qiddiya, the location that marks the finish line at the end of the 9,000 km endurance race on the outskirts of Riyadh, officials, VIPs, leading international pilots and media gathered as organisers revealed the event dates and route as part of a cultural celebration filled with colour, music and dance.After 30 years of discovering the beauty of Africa and a decade of adventure exploring the spectacular landscape of South America, the stunning and uncharted terrain of Saudi Arabia awaits participants of Dakar Rally 2020, which is scheduled to start in the port city of Jeddah in western Saudi Arabia on January 5 and eventually finish in Qiddiya southwest of the Saudi capital Riyadh on January 17 after having swept across the Kingdom through 10 challenging stages.Organised by the Saudi General Sports Authority, the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation and Amaury Sport Organisation, Dakar Rally 2020, the first of a 10-year agreement, will take competitors on a breathtaking tour of unique and untouched natural scenery. The gruelling yet remarkable route is set to pass through a diverse range of colours and surfaces, racing between, along and through canyons, dunes, mountains, deserts and wadis, for a rally like never before.With Saudi Arabia continuing to open up its borders to participants and fans of live sport, music and culture, organisers hope to welcome participants from as many as 60 countries, to complete in one of four different categories: Cars, Trucks, Bikes and UTV and SxS.HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki AlFaisal Al Saud, Chairman of the Saudi General Sports Authority, commented, “The vision and guidance of our leaders have made our dreams and ambitions limitless and have set the sports scene in the Kingdom on a remarkable success route. We are thrilled that the Dakar Rally, an event with a huge global appeal, is coming to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Asia for the first time and as part of a 10-year agreement. Our country is extremely passionate about sports, especially motorsports, and our strategic goal is to feed that appetite as we move further towards achieving Vision 2030, of which sports is a key pillar. In hosting Dakar Rally, we aim to produce an unbelievable and unforgettable experience for drivers as they discover the beauty of Saudi nature and a unique spectacle for motorsport fans not only in the country but also in the region and around the world.”last_img

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