On the eve of the actual race on Sunday, the city of Hail, Saudi Arabia, experienced the official opening ceremony of the third edition of the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.
The Dakar Rally “Saudi Arabia 2022” will take place over 14 days, from January 1 to 14, and will take participants over 12 separate stages in various governorates, towns, and regions around Saudi Arabia.
The rally has six categories: automobiles, motorcycles, quad bikes, trucks, and light desert vehicles, in addition to the Dakar Classic category.
On Sunday, Hail will serve as the rally’s official starting point for the event, which will cover a total distance of 8,119 kilometers, including 4,261 kilometers of timed special stages.
The 44th edition of the Dakar Rally “Saudi Arabia 2022” drew more than 650 competitors from 70 countries, making it the largest edition in terms of participation in the rally’s history.
There are additionally 430 automobiles in various race categories, as well as 148 vehicles in the “Dakar Classic” category.