Drivers across the world can now apply to participate in Dakar Saudi Arabia 2020 – the first time the renowned rally will take place in Asia.  

The race will take drivers across the Kingdom’s terrain – departing from Jeddah on January 5, 2020 and finishing in Qiddiya.

Dakar Saudi Arabia 2020 will also pass through Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Project and its ambitious new $500 billion NEOM region, which is aiming to be a regional tourism and business hub.

HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisal Al Saud, chairman of the Saudi General Sports Authority, said: “While we are very pleased to have signed a multi-year agreement  to bring The Dakar Rally, the toughest race in the world, to Saudi Arabia, we are excited to welcome the world to the Kingdom to see and experience the breathtaking scenery and stunning landscape our deserts have to offer, the deep history and heritage to bee seen throughout the race route, and the welcoming hospitality of the people of Saudi Arabia.

“The addition of The Dakar Rally to the growing, high-calibre, international sports calendar of the Kingdom is a true testament to the objectives of Vision 2030, sending a strong message of openness and welcome to the world through sports, tourism, and culture.”

HRH Prince Khalid bin Sultan Abdullah Al Faisal, chairman of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation, added: “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is home to a number of unique and challenging desert terrains, where contestants will have to maneuver their way through the daunting, yet breathtaking, landscapes the race will pass through.

“We promise contestants new challenges, including stages in the vast, majestic and mysterious desert of the Empty Quarter. Dakar Saudi Arabia 2020 will be an off-road racing adventure like never before.”