• Media ID-3722

    An incredibly picturesque and significant cultural and heritage region, AlUla’s deep history of ancient civilisations, its current focus on building a sustainable future and it’s 22,500 km2 of unforgiving desert terrain make it the perfect place to start the race.

  • Media ID-3725

    racing conditions

    ‘In terms of surface, there are various different types of sand conditions out there. We have deep soft sand, we have rocks in between, we have dunes scaling up and down hill, which all differ in thickness of the sand.

    Outside temperature will also affect the ground surface. Drivers’ and Teams will have to be sensible when analysing both the terrain and weather conditions, and may have to adapt their style depending on the surface temperature, which could see grip availability begin to fluctuate through the corners.’

  • Media ID-3724

    obstacles

    ‘Other than the obvious, we have various natural obstacles, like dune grass, and bushes. There are also deeps and blind crests, stuff you have to be very aware of. These are for sure, guiding you through different areas, meaning sometimes you are on the right line and sometimes on the wrong line. You have to be very sensible and analyse the track layout because once you’re out there, you don’t have too much track view to determine exactly where to go. Drivers will need to make sure that they have as much information as possible to understand where what is the quickest way.

    Overtaking may also be trickier than it seems. As well as having knowledge of their racing line, drivers need to know what is beside their line, to determine whether to overtake on the right or left side of the car in front. One wrong move and they may be faced with a tricky obstacle to navigate.’

  • Media ID-3723

    alula, al madinah

    Extreme E selected AlUla to highlight the importance of deserts as biologically important ecosystems while the misuse of natural resources is the main cause of desertification and loss of biological diversity. Historically AlUla has been home to a vast array of plants and animals. Efforts by the Royal commission of AlUla are now focused on the conservation of native flora and fauna.

    population 5,426

    plant species 228
    mammal species 23
    reptile species 31
    bird species 30