STAGE IS SET FOR NEW LOOK DUBAI INTERNATIONAL BAJA
The Dubai International Baja is ready for action on 1-3 December. The traditional desert race will take place in the modern city location on the UAE National Day – meaning the stage is set for a Dubai Baja unlike any other.
The Emirates Motorsports Organisation (EMSO) has signalled a bright rally future through its new partnership with ENOC, under which, the Group will provide the Dubai Baja participants with high-performance engine oil and fuel. ENOC will also supply logistic services to the event, which will largely contribute to its success.
The new partnership will give the Dubai Baja a major boost with the appointment of ENOC and the launch of a new location in the forward-facing Dubai Festival City reflecting a new vision for the rally.
The Dubai Rally HQ, Parc Ferme, Documentation, Podium Ceremony and Media Centre will all be located at Festival City Centre and the Service Park can be found next to Festival City Mall.
H.E. Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Group CEO at ENOC said: “We are honoured to support initiatives that energise the economic development of Dubai and the UAE, such as the Dubai International Baja, which truly highlights the vibrancy and diversity of our beloved country’s landscape. Our expertise in providing quality fuel ensures that the engines are well equipped to manage the challenges as championship battles go down to the wire in Dubai.”
ENOC owns and operates assets in the fields of exploration & production, supply & operations, terminals, fuel retail, aviation fuel and petroleum products for commercial & industrial use. The Group’s general business operations include automotive services, non-fuel F&B retail and fabrication service, along with experience in managing motor sports activities, which will contribute to maintaining the progress of the Dubai Desert Rally “Dubai Baha International”.
Organised by the EMSO, the governing body for over 140 motorsport events annually in the UAE, along with the continued support of the Dubai Government, the rally is open for those of all levels to attend.
The Dubai Baja marks a perfect opportunity for grassroot development, with free entry into the 2023 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge available not just to the winners but also to the highest-ranking FIA T4 Rookie category and leading rider in the FIM Rally 2 class.
Featuring on the calendar for both the 2022 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas and the 2022 FIM BAJAS World Cup, the Dubai International Baja also marks the season finale for both prestigious championships.
With things so tight at the top of both championships, the Dubai Baja is expected be an exhilarating end to the calendar as both World Cups come to Dubai Festival City reach a dramatic conclusion.
Saudi Arabia’s Yazeed Al-Rajhi extended his Drivers’ Championship lead over Czech rival Miroslav Zapletal to 10 points after confirming a start-to-finish victory at the Saudi Baja (10-12 November), the seventh and penultimate round of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas.
Meanwhile in the FIM Bajas World Cup, a win at the Saudi Baja for UAE’s own Mohammed Al Balooshi saw him pull away from rival Fábio Magalhães at the top of the standings with one round to go. However, with points at the Dubai Baja counting for double, the rally will still determine who takes the title in a thrilling final showdown. The fifth edition of the Dubai International Baja is set to take place on 1-3 December, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai. The rally is supported by the Dubai Government, Dubai Police, Dubai Municipality, RTA, Dubai Customs, ENOC, Aquafina, Dubai Media, Casio, and Holiday Inn