Saudi Dakar Rally 2022 to kick off Saturday; participants flocks to Jeddah

Route for 2022 Dakar Rally revealed across the Saudi Arabian desert
Route for 2022 Dakar Rally revealed across the Saudi Arabian desert

The 44th edition of Saudi Dakar Rally 2022 activities will start next Saturday.

The largest event in the world of motorsport; the rally launches from Saudi Arabia for the third year in a row, amid vast global interest.

The Saudi Dakar Rally 2022 also continues to leave its marks in the Kingdom's vast deserts, its geographical diversity and its picturesque landscapes; bringing more excitement and enthusiasm to the ancient rally. The event will present the Kingdom among the best destinations to host the most prestigious international rally.

The endurance test will be the third consecutive Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia and the 44th edition of the rally itself. (File/AFP)

The participants also began arriving in Jeddah, which will host the first stage; where the drivers will start their arduous 19 km trip on January 1, before moving to Hail; which will witness the start of the official competitions on January 2.

They will also experience the toughest adventures in the sport of desert rallying over 14 days, challenging the rough terrain to test their endurance for a total distance of 8,375 km, of which 4,258 km are special stages subject to timing, and passing through the most beautiful scenic landscapes and archaeological territories in KSA.

The 44th edition of the Saudi Dakar Rally 2022 attracted more than 1,000 participants representing 70 nationalities from across the globe, making it the largest edition in terms of participation in the rally's history.

The race also includes 430 vehicles in various categories, and 148 vehicles in the "Dakar Classic" category; as this year's track consists of one preliminary stage and 12 regular stages, with one day of rest in Riyadh; during which the contestants will go through five round stages and one marathon.

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