Jeddah: The 44th edition of Saudi Dakar Rally 2022 activities will start next Saturday. The most significant event in the world of motorsport, the rally, launches from Saudi Arabia for the third year in a row, amid vast global interest.
The Dakar Rally continues to leave its marks in the Kingdom’s vast deserts, geographical diversity; and 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 participants began arriving at the host city Jeddah. The first stage’s starting point is the arduous 19 km trip on January 1, before moving to Hail, for the official competitions on January 2.
The most challenging adventure 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 archeological sites in KSA.
The Saudi Dakar Rally 2022 has the largest participation in the rally’s history; attracting over 1,000 participants representing 70 countries from across the globe.
Four hundred thirty vehicles participate in various categories with 148 “Dakar Classic” competitors. The track for this year consists of one preliminary stage and 12 regular stages; with a rest day in Riyadh, during which the contestants will go through five round stages and one marathon.