A 14-day event (from January 3rd and ending on January 15) is currently taking place in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia called Dakar Rally. If you haven’t heard about it, then have no worries, because we’re here to break it down for you.
The event is an annual rally raid and pure human adventure for all those who grab life with both hands. It all started in 1977 when Thierry Sabine got lost in the Libyan desert with his motorcycle during the Abidjan-Nice Rally, later when he returned to France he was still amazed by the thrilling landscape and he promised himself that he would share his fascination with as many people as possible. So he came up with a route that starts in Europe, continues to Algiers, crossing Agadez before eventually finishing at Dakar to create the unique event we know today.
Each year the event is hosted in a different country, but thanks to the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is hosting Dakar Rally for the second time this year, but this time it’s taking place with a little twist.
The rally was originally intended to take place through two or three additional countries, with Egypt and Jordan being rumored as likely candidates, however, due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the rally is going to start and end in Jeddah, the route stays entirely within Saudi Arabian territory. Click here to check the map of the brand new route.