We couldn’t stop grinning when it became official that Dakar 2020 will be held in Saud Arabia. It all sounded too good to be true. But it’s happening. After confirming the shift of Dakar to Saudi Arabia for 2020, Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) has now revealed the route for the rally.


The route for the first edition of the Dakar Rally to be held in the Middle East was announced during a press conference in Al-Qiddiya, near Saudi capital Riyadh in the presence of representatives from the Saudi government. So, the event will start on January 5 in Jeddah and cover over 9000km before concluding on January 17 in Al-Qiddiya.

The entire route will have 12 stages covering a lot of sandy terrains and also WRC-style tracks and mountainous terrain. Watch this beautiful video to have a glimpse of what’s coming.


“For a born explorer like the Dakar, a fascinating and exciting third chapter opens. In the most extensive [largest] country of the region, the possibilities of tracing a demanding, balanced and varied route are practically endless.” – Rally Director David Castera

We are super excited for the Dakar 2020. It’s going to be an amazing experience to witness such a demanding and famous motorsport rally taking place right here in the Middle East for the first time. For now, Saudi Arabia is going to host the Dakar for the next five years but we hope that the Dakar stays here for even longer.