The Dakar Rally is one of the biggest sporting events to come to Saudi. Like all of us here, even the rally drivers are excited as they will get to drive through some of the most idiosyncratic landscapes that they have probably ever come across.
This can be seen in the kind of posts some of the drivers started tweeting right from when news broke out on the internet that the rally will be held in Saudi Arabia.
El Rally Dakar anunció oficialmente que desde la próxima edición la carrera se realizara en Arabia Saudita!
Esto me llena de motivación para lo que se viene…Pronto noticias de lo que se viene para mi en esta temporada y en el proximo Dakar 2020. ?????? pic.twitter.com/V5y67hhmbQ
— Ignacio Casale (@IgnacioCasale) April 15, 2019
The race starts in Jeddah, which is also the place where travellers for thousands of years have begun their journey to the interiors of Arabia.
2) Volcanic Fields Near Madinah
The Madinah Province is filled with lava fields, rally drivers will pass through them en route towards the reddish coloured deserts of northwestern Saudi.
3) The Qassim Oasis
The fertile plains in Qassim are home to some of the largest date farms in the world. Here, drivers will probably get to see date farms of epic proportions and have a bite or two on the regions famous ripe dates.
Riyadh is almost midway on the epic route and will serve as a rest day for drivers before continuing on their journey.
5) Rub Al Khali
The world’s largest sand desert is one of the most barren places on the planet, the journey through this one is surely one of the toughest on the entire route.
Home to some of the tallest mountains in the country steep ascents and sharp hairpin bends await drivers here.
Dubbed as Saudi Arabia’s “Entertainment City” the demanding race will end in Qiddiya and the podium for the winners will be set up here.