2024-04-25

Thrilling Dakar Rally 2024 is racing into Saudi Arabia

The route runs through AlUla, Riyadh, Jeddah, Hail and Yanbu.

Saudi Arabia, start your engines. Dakar Rally is coming back to the Kingdom, and will take place from 5 to 19 January. The thrilling race goes through the country, from west to east and back again. If you want to watch the fun, here’s what you need to know.

Dakar Rally 2024 consists of both on- and off-road racing across 5,000 kilometres. The route will start in AlUla and make its way through Saudi Arabia. The locations include Riyadh, Jeddah, Hail and it ends in Yanbu, which is on the shores of the Red Sea. David Castera, Race Director, explained: “The challenge will be just as daunting as last January.”

Dakar Rally 2024
Dakar Rally 2024

Starting in AlUla, the Dakar Rally 2024 will make its way through Saudi, stopping in Riyadh, Jeddah, and Hail before ending in Yanbu.

Even if you’re familiar with other Dakar Rally’s, the new edition promises to be different with 60 percent new race tracks as well as a brand-new 48-hour challenge in the Empty Quarter.

Dakar Rally 2024: starting Friday January 5 until Friday January 19
Dakar Rally 2024: starting Friday January 5 until Friday January 19

The first Dakar Rally was held in Saudi in 2020. The rally race consists of both on- and off-road racing with a distance of several thousand kilometres covered. The event usually takes place for a period between ten to 15 days.

So far, we know that in AlUla, the start camp has now been extended into the desert. The bivouac will be located near the Nabataean temples, and offering a spectacular start to the race. 

Dakar Rally 2024 will also have new race tracks, and a new 48-hour challenge in the Empty Quarter. Sixty per cent of the route consists of new tracks, and there are nine bivouacs across the route. During the 48-hour challenge, there are no repair companions but drivers are permitted to help each other. Plus, it includes a course for motorbikes and quads, and another for cars and trucks. 

Dakar Rally 2024

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