DAKAR 2019 SPECIAL COVERAGE

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After 30 years of discovering the beauty of Africa and a decade of adventure exploring the spectacular landscape of South America, a new chapter inthe history of Dakar will be written as the world's biggest rally makes its Middle East debut in Saudi Arabia.
The mega event offers drivers more than just a journey.The rally will be an opportunity for those who dare to test themselves in an unknown landscape and an uncharted terrain, setting the scene for the optimum stage to prove their driving skills, navigational prowess and knack for a challenge.

More details about the groundbreaking event will be announced at a press conference on 25 April in Al Qiddiya near the Saudi capital of Riyadh.

His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki AlFaisal Al Saud, Chairman of the Saudi Arabia General Sports Authority
"The vision and guidance of our leaders have made our dreams and ambitions limitless and have set the sports scene in the Kingdom ona remarkable success route. Today we are thrilled to announce that Rally Dakar.an event with a huge global appeal is coming to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Middle East for the first time. our country is extremely passionate about sport and our strategic goal is to feed that appetite as we move further towards achievingVision 2030. of which sport is a basic pillar. In hosting Dakar Rally we aim to produce an unbeli£'11able and unforgettable experience for drivers as they discC111er the beauty of Saudi nature and a unique spectacle for motorsport fans not only in Saudi Arabia but also in the region and around the world."

HRH Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Abdullah Al Faisal, Chairman of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation
"I have always wanted  to  participate in Dakar Rally. While I wasn't fortunate  to achieve that ambition. I'm now part of achi£'11ing a much bigger dream for mv country as Dakar comes to the Middle East region for the first time ever.
The vision and support of HRHPrince Muhammad BinSalmanand the trust that GSA president HRH Prince Abdul Aziz Bin TUrki Al Faisal had put in uswere key to our efforts to secure the hosting rights for an event of such a global magnitude."


David Castera, Director of the Dakar
"Looking back at my first memories of the Dakar and my first experiences as a competitor.l'Ve always considered that this rally like no other carried a concept of discovery, a voyage into the unknown. SV going to Saudi Arabia.it is of course that aspect that fascinatesme.I'm convincedthat such a feeling will beshared by allthe riders.drivers and copilots.As the director of the £'\lent. it's a massive chalenge to befaced with a blank page with limitless possibilities. I'm already inspired and delighted to have to design a course in such a monumental geography, made for the most audacious itineraries. we are spoilt for choice. Sports.navigation.a will to surpass oneself: all these aspects will naturally be glorified on this territory made for rally-raids."


Source Dakar Rally's official press release

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