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Dubai Rally to run on National Day weekend

posted on 21/11/2011: 1648 views

The 33rd Dubai International Rally, the final round of the 2011 FIA Middle East Rally Championship, will be staged on UAE National Day weekend under the patronage of Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture.

Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the UAE and given the full support of the Dubai Ruler's Court, one of the region's longest running international events will add another chapter to the nation's sporting history by giving a big climax to the FIA regional series from December 1-3.

Enjoying its traditional National Day position on the sporting calendar, the Dubai International Rally has over the years provided many classic and memorable battles between the Middle East's top drivers, and has special significance as the UAE reaches another milestone.

It was the first annual sporting event staged in the Emirates to capture international attention. It can also be seen as the starting point for today's multi-discipline motorsport calendar, headlined by the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which is controlled by the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE) on behalf of the FIA, the world governing body.

"The Dubai Rally certainly has a permanent place in my heart, and that's the same for so many others who have competed in it, watched it, and supported in one way or another over the last four decades," said Mohammad Bin Sulayem, president of the ATCUAE.

"It really is where recognised motorsport started here. It has held its place in the calendar thanks to the consistent backing and encouragement of the Government of Dubai, and the efforts of so many others working behind the scenes, including the marshalls, who are the unsung heroes of the Dubai Rally."

The rally action begins in earnest at 9am the following day from High Colleges of Technology, and after 12 special stages in a route totalling 802km, the event finishes at 4.30pm on Saturday, December 3, back on Emaar Boulevard, Old Town Dubai. – Gulf News


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