X-raid to race for Bahrain in Dakar Rally

The X-raid team will race for Bahrain in their first self-developed and constructed Mini John Cooper Works and Mini John Cooper Works Buggy.
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Updated 05 January 2020

X-raid to race for Bahrain in Dakar Rally

  • The rally will be flagged off in Jeddah and conclude in Riyadh, covering 7,500 kilometers

Bahrain announced its participation in the Dakar Rally, to be held in Saudi Arabia from Jan. 5 to 17. The first rally in the Middle East will see the X-raid team racing for Bahrain in their first self-developed and constructed Mini John Cooper Works and Mini John Cooper Works Buggy. The Bahrain team will include champion drivers Stephane Peterhansel and Carlos Sainz and co-drivers Lucas Cruz and Paulo Fiúza.
The 2020 edition of the rally also marks a milestone for the Middle East, with Saudi Arabia becoming the first country in the region to play host to the challenge, gaining the right to hold it for the next five years. The 13-day off-road race will see more than 550 drivers from 62 nations contest in 12 stages while exploring the vast and formidable desert terrains of the largest country in the region.
Sheikh Abdulla bin Isa Al-Khalifa, president of Bahrain’s Motor Federation, said: “This is as much a moment of pride for Bahrain, as it is for our region. Our participation shows Bahrain’s advances in the motorsports world, inspired no doubt by Bahrain’s pioneering move to host the Formula One Grand Prix since 2004.”
“An event of such global magnitude presents the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with a monumental opportunity to showcase its unique natural landscape, as well as its keenness and enthusiasm to bring global sporting events to the country and the region.”
Sven Quandt, owner of the German motorsport team X-raid, a specialist in cross-country rallying, which will be taking part in the rally, said: “This is a big achievement for Bahrain, which is already making its presence felt on global stage. The country’s participation adds another dimension to its vision to be a nation that hosts, supports, organizes, develops and participates in the success of the global sports movement.”
The rally will be flagged off in Jeddah and conclude in Riyadh, covering 7,500 kilometers. The route will pass through some of the most picturesque destinations in Saudi Arabia, including the UNESCO World Heritage site of AlUla in the northwest; Tabouk region in the northeast, which is home to the futuristic NEOM city project; the ancient Ha’il region; and Wadi Al-Dawasir in Najd province, which is being developed in the middle of the desert as a new urban center.


LuLu stores in Saudi Arabia launch Indian food festival

Updated 13 August 2020

LuLu stores in Saudi Arabia launch Indian food festival

  • The week-long event, in celebration of India’s Independence Day, features about 2,000 products

LuLu Hypermarkets is celebrating India’s Independence Day, which falls on Aug. 15, with an Indian-themed food festival across its stores in Saudi Arabia.

The week-long promotion, which continues until Aug. 18, features about 2,000 Indian products, including organic groceries, fresh foods, ethnic delicacies and desserts.

“We are trying to showcase the versatility and diversity of Indian food products handpicked by our well-spread supply chain in India and across the world,” said Shehim Mohammed, director of LuLu Hypermarkets Saudi Arabia.

The proximity of India to the Kingdom means that more fresh products arrive regularly, he added, most of which are flown in to maintain their freshness “as we move closer to a farm-to-fork concept in (the Kingdom), featuring both locally and internationally sourced ranges.”

As Saudi Arabia gears up for the start of the new school term, LuLu has also launched its back-to-school promotions.