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Dakar Rally ‘will open region to rest of world’

Thu, 30 Jul 2020
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Bahrain Raid Xtreme (BRX)will be eager to showcase the region to the rest of the world at the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia next year, says BRX team director David Richards.

Last year’s edition of the Dakar Rally – while making a strong impression – gave just a small snapshot of all the wonderful yet challenging terrain the region has to offer, he said.

The new route for next year – which will see competitors set out from Jeddah in January – promises to be the most demanding Dakar Rally to date. It is the varied and exciting landscape that make Saudi Arabia the perfect home for the Dakar, according to Richards.

“When you think of Dakar you automatically think of adventure, wide-open spaces, crossing inhospitable landscapes and Saudi has all that in multitudes.”

“You can go from the mountains to the desert to wonderful landscapes all around the country. What Dakar will do for Saudi Arabia is bring that wonderful adventure, that excitement and that wonderful landscape that is Saudi Arabia to the rest of the world,” said Richards.

David Richards has been involved in organising rallies in the Middle East for over 40 years and it is his hope that the Dakar Rally will eventually visit other countries that border Saudi Arabia, opening up the whole region of the Middle East for the world to see.

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