The world’s ultimate desert rally, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge returns for its 28th Anniversary edition in 2018 and is once again set to push participants to their physical and mental limits over some of the toughest yet most dramatic scenery the world has to offer.
No other rally pits competitors against such demanding terrain – wave after wave of some of the world’s most spectacular sand dunes – yet simultaneously takes in five-star luxury in the form of the stunning hotel that is located right in the middle of the Rub al Khali (Empty Quarter) desert and acts as the race’s base, and the dynamic, cutting-edge capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi.
Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE) and of the UAE Motorcycle Club (UAEMC), is the founder and driving force behind the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
Now returning for its 28th running for Autos and 23rd for Moto’s, the Desert Challenge is once again being held across the emirate of Abu Dhabi, from the 24th to 29th March 2018, with spectators able to enjoy unrivalled access to the action in a number of breath-taking settings. Dedicated, easy-to-access viewing points in the beautiful desert of the Western Region of Al Gharbia will be complemented by the Super Special Stage (SSS) at Yas Marina Circuit.
As in recent years, the race bivouac will again be located adjacent to the magnificent Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara. This venue provides a unique contrast between the harshness of endurance rallying and the supreme luxury of the amazing five-star resort, while simultaneously focusing the eyes of the world on Al Gharbia.
This year’s rally serves as a round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, and the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies. Registration is open until the first week of March 2018 to competitors driving cars and trucks complying with FIA T1, T2, T3 and T4 technical regulations, and motorcycles and quads running under the auspices of the FIM.
The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge is held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region, and organised by the ATCUAE with the backing of a number of major sponsors. 
All entries MUST be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the closing date of 04th March 2018.

  • OPENING DATE FOR ENTRIES: Sunday 28th January 2018
  • CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES: Wednesday 14th March 2018
  • PUBLICATION OF ENTRY LIST: Sunday 18th March 2018
  • ADMINISTRATIVE CHECKS & COLLECTION OF MATERIAL AND DOCUMENTS: Thursday 22nd March 2018, 09h00-18h00, at Rally HQ, Yas Marina Circuit, Support Paddock
  • PRE-RALLY PRESS CONFERENCE: Thursday 22nd March 2018, 11h30
  • ,  at  Media Centre, Yas Marina Circuit
  • DATE OF SCRUTINEERING OF THE VEHICLES, MARKING AND SEALING: Thursday 22nd March 2018, 14h00-18h00 (T2) & Friday 23rd March 2018, 08h00-16h30 (T1, T3 & T4) at Operations Compound, Yas Marina Circuit
  • COMPETITORS BRIEFING: Saturday 24th March 2018, 11h00 at Media Centre, Yas Marina Circuit

  • SUPER SPECIAL STAGE (Leg 1): Saturday 24th March 2018, 15h00
  • LEG 2: Liwa Desert, Sunday 25th March 2018
  • LEG 3: Liwa Desert, Monday 26th March 2018
  • LEG 4: Liwa Desert, Tuesday 27th March 2018
  • LEG 5: Liwa Desert, Wednesday 28th March 2018
  • LEG 6: Liwa Desert, Thursday 29th March 2018
  • FINISH OF THE RALLY: Yas Marina Circuit, Thursday 29th March 2018, 16h30
  • PRIZE-GIVING: Yas Marina Circuit, F1 Paddock, Thursday 29th March 2018, 20h00

2017 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Highlights 

Video: Automobile and Touring Club of U.A.E

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