Saudi Arabia is set to host Dakar Rally 2020 on January 5, marking the first time the historic race is held in Asia.
“Hosting the world’s toughest race for many years, the Dakar Rally, is a confirmation that the Kingdom welcomes the world to see stunning views, vibrant cities and the vast desert where sand dunes converge with the sea“.Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal said.
A press conference was held in Qiddiya on Monday evening to disclose the details of Dakar Rally Saudi Arabia 2020, which will be held in the Kingdom from 5 to 17 January 2020.
“Our country is passionate about sports and our strategic goal is to meet this passion to move forward in achieving Vision 2030″.Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal stated.
As part of this vision, Saudi Arabia has hosted a series of major global sports events, such as the Italian Super Cup and a Formula E race.
The rally moves to the Middle East following ten years in South America.
The Dakar started in 1977 as a race from Paris and across the Sahara desert to the Senegalese capital in West Africa. It has long been regarded as the world’s toughest motorsport challenge.
The press conference was also held in the presence of Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al-Faisal, President of the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation (SAMF).