Qiddiya will host a special final stage race – the Qiddiya Grand Prix – as part of the last day of Saudi Dakar 2020. The Kingdom’s future capital of Entertainment, Sports and the Arts will be the venue for a final 20km battle for the drivers who manage to finish the main rally. Five trophies, one for each category of Saudi Dakar, will be awarded to the drivers who complete the race around the Qiddiya site in the best time.
Qiddiya’s CEO, Mike Reininger commented, “Not only are we proud to host the podium celebrations for this world-renowned rally, but to have a special Qiddiya Grand Prix Trophy as part of this final day is unique and cements our commitment to being part of the Kingdom’s motorsport ecosystem. For us, the Rally Dakar is just the beginning as we start to create the Motorsports capital of the world at Qiddiya. Earlier, we released the Dakar anthem, “Million Miles”, sung by Hamza Hawsawi – X Factor MENA winner – in celebration of the Rally. It embodies inspiration as well as characteristics that are important to both the Rally and Qiddiya.”
The final day, stage 12, of the world’s toughest endurance race will see the rally drivers cross the rough terrain, from Haradh towards the Qiddiya site, with the last 100km pushing navigators to their limits as they conclude their 7,500km journey.
The podium ceremony for the 2020 Rally and for the Qiddiya Grand Prix will be held in front of Qiddiya’s iconic cliff. Spectators will then be treated to a spectacular show where Hawsawi will perform his new single live as part of the spectacular finale concert filled with surprises and special guest artists that promises to wrap up the inaugural Saudi Dakar Rally and Qiddiya’s hosting participation in grand style. “Million Miles” is all about drive and determination, and aims to inspire people to take initiative, reach for the stars and achieve their dreams, just like the drivers participating in Dakar 2020. The lyrics are about creating a legacy and having a story to tell years from now.