AlUla in Saudi Arabia is gearing up for the opening weekend of Extreme E’s inaugural race, which is taking place from April 3-4, 2021.
A total of 10 teams have signed up for Season 1, including teams of elite professional drivers from all over the world. Through motorsport, the current series will showcase electric SUV racing in some of the most remote corners of the planet that have all been damaged by climate change. Each destination has been selected with an environmental issue in mind: the Desert X Prix in Saudi Arabia will highlight desertification; the Ocean X Prix in Senegal will highlight the rising sea levels; the Arctic X Prix in Greenland will shed light on the melting ice cap; the Amazon X Prix in Brazil will highlight deforestation; and the Glacier X Prix in Patagonia will emphasise glacial recession.
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Sports, Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal remarked on the event: “Saudi Arabia is a country where motorsports is beyond a passion for millions of people. We are a motorsports obsessed nation, with a long and proud history of hosting some of the world’s most famous rallies, and of our own drivers participating internationally. We have been honoured by Extreme E choosing the dramatic natural landscape of AlUla to host its maiden race in April and we can’t wait to offer all of our support to ensure it goes down in history as an unforgettable new chapter for motor-racing.”
Following the introduction of Saudi Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia has been investing in sports tourism to host some of the globes biggest sporting events. The goal is to introduce millions of Saudis to sport and promote wider sporting activity nationwide.
Governor, Royal Commission for AlUla, HH Prince Badr bin Abdullah Al Saud remarked: “As a newly developing tourism destination, AlUla is uniquely positioned to get the foundations right from the outset. There are many initiatives underway in alignment with our 12 key strategic principles to develop a responsible tourism destination that focuses on safeguarding the natural and cultural landscape, sustaining eco-systems and wildlife and light-touch tourism experiences.
“Our intention is to future proof the destination for the enjoyment of future generations of visitors and residents, and the Extreme E platform offers us a perfect opportunity to tell the world about our vision for AlUla – not forgetting the great entertainment value of this exciting race,” he added.
The Desert X Prix, AlUla, starts with qualification rounds on April 3, with the final scheduled to take place on April 4. Extreme E X Prix races are not open to fans to attend in person, but qualifications will be shown live on the Extreme E website. Finals will be available live on MBC in the Middle East.