Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah and co-driver
Chris Patterson celebrate
winning last year's Dubai
Int'l Rally at the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel.
21st October 2005.
DUBAI (UAE): The Automobile
and Touring Car Club of the United Arab Emirates
(ATC UAE) announced yesterday details of the 2005 Dubai
International Rally, the final round of this year's FIA
Middle East Rally Championship.
The event will be based at the Al
Bustan Rotana Hotel in Dubai and takes place between
November 30th and December 2nd, 2005 under the patronage
of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum,
President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Department.
The two-day, all-desert special stage
rally could also mark one of the greatest achievements
ever carried out by an Arab sportsman.
Recently-crowned FIA Middle East Rally
Champion Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah will be bidding to become
the first Arab rally driver in history to win all rounds
of the series in the same season since the championship
was extended to eight rounds and a satellite
tracking system was introduced.
The Qatari has currently won seven
successive rounds of the prestigious series, amassed a
maximum 70 championship points - 32 points more than
his nearest UAE rival and outgoing FIA Middle East Rally
Champion Sheikh Khalid Al-Qassimi - and will arrive
in Dubai looking for a clean sweep of all the rallies in
the FIA's Middle East calendar - a phenomenal achievement.
He has already won events in Al-Ain, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar,
Jordan, Syria and Cyprus this season and is unbeaten in
the entire Middle East region since the Syrian
International Rally in September 2004.
The Dubai International Rally is one of
the strongest rounds of the series in terms of
organisational strength and the ATC of the UAE is hopeful
that over 40 international and regional drivers will take
part in the traditional finale to the region's annual
off-road motorsport calendar.
"Rallying is one of the fastest
growing sports in the world and we are sure that this
year's Dubai International Rally will attract all the
region's top drivers," said Mohammed Juma Bin
Bakheit, President of the Organising Committee.
"We are extremely grateful to the
DCA-Govenment of Dubai for supplying crucial finance to
the event this year to make everything happen. Qatar's
Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah will be bidding to achieve an
historic feat, but there are many other drivers
quite capable of beating him across the desert special
stages we have in Dubai."
The organising team will include Sweden's Bengt Gustafson,
returning to the role of Clerk of the Course for a second
successive season. "We have made some changes to the
route this year and are putting the finishing
touches to those now, before we announce them in the near
future," said Gustafson.
"We have a compact and exciting
route, which complies fully with FIA championship
The organisers are offering generous
assistance packages to overseas foreign entrants,
including hotel accommodation, two air tickets, freight
assistance and entry visas, where applicable.
Further support for this year's event
comes from the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel, the Rehab Rotana
Hotel and Al-Jumeira Rotana Hotel, Gulf Commercial Group,
Sky Electronics, AMD and GTS, the recovery and towing
For further information on entries and
full concessions, please contact the ATC of the UAE, PO
Box 5078, Dubai, UAE. Tel: + 9714 2284019, Fax: + 9714
2283159, e-mail: email@example.com.