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  • AL-QASSIMI, SUNDERLAND AND AL-MUSALLAM CLAIM VICTORIES AFTER PUNISHING ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    Abu Dhabi Racing's Sheikh Khalid Al-Qassimi takes a stunning victory in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge with his new Peugeot 3008 DKR   Abu Dhabi Racing’s Sheikh Khalid Al-Qassimi, Dubai-based Briton Sam Sunderland and Kuwait&r...

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  • H.E Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Visits ADDC Bivouac

    SCENE SET FOR DRAMATIC MOTORCYCLE FINALE AS AL-ATTIYAH EXTENDS LEAD IN CARS AT ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE •    Goncalves leads bikes; Walkner, Renet, Sunderland and Quintanilla in hunt •    Driveshaft brea...

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  • AL-ATTIYAH EXTENDS HIS ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE LEAD AS SUNDERLAND WINS STAGE TO REGAIN BIKE ADVANTAGE

    •    Sonik leads the quads; Abu Dhabi Racing’s Al-Qassimi second in the cars •    Russian Vasilyev sidelined with injury; Schott and Gomshiashvili roll   Nasser Al-Attiyah Qatar’s N...

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  • AL-ATTIYAH AND WALKNER TOP ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE LEADER BOARD AFTER SECOND DESERT STAGE

    •    Stage two wins fall to Al-Attiyah, Frenchman Renet and Dutchman Koolen •    Heat and dunes take their toll; Abu Dhabi Racing’s Al-Qassimi stays in seco   Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Att...

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  • AL-ATTIYAH AND SUNDERLAND CONTINUE WINNING WAYS ON FIRST DESERT STAGE OF ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah and Dubai-based Sam Sunderland extended their leads in the car and motorcycle categories by claiming victories through the opening 276.59km selective section of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge POWERED BY NISSAN ...

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  • AL-FORSAN STAGE GLORY FOR AL-ATTIYAH, SUNDERLAND AND AL-MUSALLAM AT ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE AL-FORSAN STAGE GLORY FOR AL-ATTIYAH, SUNDERLAND

    Meat of the real action starts with a 276.59km desert stage on Sunday   Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah, Dubai-based Englishman Sam Sunderland and Kuwait’s Fahad Al-Musallam claimed the fastest times in the car, motorcycle and...

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  • ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE GETS UNDERWAY AT AL-FORSAN INTERNATIONAL RESORT ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON

    The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge POWERED BY NISSAN fires into life with a short spectator stage or Prologue at the Al-Forsan International Resort in Abu Dhabi from 3pm on Saturday afternoon.   FIA World Cup leader Aron Domzala carried ou...

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  • BEN SULAYEM TAKES TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE AS ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE TAKES CENTRE STAGE AT YAS MARINA

    Abu Dhabi Racing’s Sheikh Khalid pleased after initial test with new Peugeot Multiple champion Rafal Sonik aiming for fifth successive FIM Quad title The official pre-event press conference for the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge POWERED...

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  • ATCUAE to Conduct Marshal Hydration Research

    ABU DHABI (UAE). Sunday, 25 March, 2011:In 2012, the Motorsport Knowledge Institute (MKI), a division of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE), in conjunction with its academic partners at the University of Ulster, will undertake a sc...

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  • World’s best prepare to do battle again in the ADDC 2012

    German X-Raid Team, Spaniard Marc Coma and French rallying stars Cyril Despres and Jean-Louis Schlesser among those confirmed for 2012   ABU DHABI (UAE). Monday, 19 March, 2011: The world’s top rally drivers and riders are prepa...

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  • The world’s ultimate desert rally is back for 2012 !

    ABU DHABI (UAE). March 08, 2012: The world’s ultimate desert rally, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge is back for 2012, and is once again set to push the best racers on earth to their physical and mental limits over some of the harshest yet mo...

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  • KTM rider, Marc Coma makes history at Desert Challenge

    Record sixth win for legendary Spanish racer Gaugain and Balooshi fly flag for the UAE ABU DHABI (UAE). Friday, April 6, 2012:Spanish rider, Marc Coma today secured his fourth successive Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge title, and sixth in total, as ...

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  • 5-star Luxury Tempts Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Competitors

    ABU DHABI (UAE). Wednesday, April 4, 2012: The magnificent Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara was the setting for the start of the second of today’s (Wednesday, April 4) stages in the 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. Mohammed Ben Su...

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  • Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Contenders Ready For Battle

    ABU DHABI (UAE). Thursday, March 29, 2012: Some of the hottest names  in international and Middle Eastern rallying were today (Thursday, March 29th)  joined by race founder Mohammed Ben Sulayem to launch the 22nd edition of the world&rsqu...

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  • Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Desert-Bound as Leg 1 Gets Underway

    Nissan Patrolstage takes in 300 kilometres of the world’s toughest terrain ABU DHABI (UAE). Sunday, April 1, 2011:With the world’s top rally drivers and riders now on the ground in Abu Dhabi, preparations are complete for the competit...

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  • SPECTACULAR CROSS COUNTRY RALLY RETURNS FOR 23RD EDITION UNDER PATRONAGE OF SHEIKH HAMDAN BIN ZAYED AL NAHYAN

    Schlesser aims to extend winning record in Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Jean-Louis Schlesser on his way to his sixth victory in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge last year Dubai, UAE, 21 February, 2013: Jean-Louis Schlesser is aiming to build on...

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  • Quad RTA registration - Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2013

    Event - Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Subject - Quad RTA registration.   For the 2013 event, all UAE Quads’ entered will be required to have UAE Road Registration. The Process is as follows:- 1)      You w...

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  • Entries Open for 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

    The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, the Middle East’s first World Cup and World Championship motor sport event, returns for its 23rd edition from 4-11 April, 2013 Taking place entirely within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the spectacular event once...

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  • YAHYA TAKES ON DUAL ROLE AS TEENAGE SON SHARES DESERT CHALLENGE STAGE

    Al Helei extends 100 per cent 23-year appearance record in classic UAE event Yahya Al Helei on his way to another strong finish in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge last year. Al H...

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  • ATCUAE TO ENFORCE STRICT ENVIRONMENTAL CODE DURING ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    Competitors who ignore regulations could face time penalties, fines and disqualification from event Dr. Mohammed Ben Sulayem: “It’s very important to us to take all necessary precautions to protect the des...

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  • ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE SET TO LAUNCH CLASSIC ADVENTURE FOR POWERFUL WORLD-CLASS LINE-UP

    Saturday afternoon Yas Island super special stage brings rally to life ahead of dramatic desert action in Western Region Speakers address a full house of international and local media today at the Rotana Hotel, Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. ...

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  • ENTRY LISTS AUTO & MOTO - ADDC 2013

      ENTRY LIST -  AUTO        Download ENTRY LIST -  MOTO       Download

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  • ROMA RISES INTO DESERT CHALLENGE LEAD AS SUNDERLAND OUTSHINES WORLD’S BEST TO HEAD BIKES BATTLE

    Spanish driver grabs initiative after first round leader pulls out; Dubai-based rider steals the show; Al Helei moves into top ten and leads T2 Abu Dhabi, UAE, 8 April, 2013: Spanish driver Nani Roma swept to the front of the pack in the Abu D...

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  • ROMA HOMES IN ON DESERT CHALLENGE BREAKTHROUGH AS SUNDERLAND EDGES CLOSER TO BIKES TITLE

    Only disaster can keep Spanish driver from victory; Dubai-based rider says anything can happen on final leg: Qatari closes in on quads title Abu Dhabi, UAE, 10th April, 2013: Only a final leg disaster can prevent Spain’s Nani Roma from c...

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  • SUNDERLAND TARGETS DESERT CHALLENGE WIN AFTER EARNING ‘FANTASTIC’ CHANCE WITH KTM TEAM

    Sulayem hails Dubai’s rising talent whose exploits could inspire other young riders in UAE Dubai, UAE, 25 February, 2014:Dubai-based rider Sam Sunderland has quickly set his sights on victory in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge after his c...

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  • ROMA, COMA DEFEND TITLES IN ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    Sulayem says stage is set for classic desert rally as 108 challengers prepare for battle   Aiming for an eighth Desert Challenge bikes victory - Marc Coma pictured with Mohammed Ben Sulayem after his 2013 win. Dubai, UAE, 25 March, 2014...

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  • AL-RAJHI TARGETS WORLD CUP HAT-TRICK IN ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    Saudi driver chases third victory in a row to extend lead in world title race Dubai, UAE, 1 April, 2014: Saudi Arabia’s Yazeed Al-Rajhi is targeting a World Cup hat-trick in the UAE next week as he looks for victory on his first appear...

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  • RUSSIANS AND UKRAINIANS UNITED IN ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    Power of sport brings together countries in crisis as team proudly flies their flags together in UAE Dubai, UAE, 4 April, 2014: The flags of Ukraine and Russia will be proudly flown together by a  team in this week’s Abu Dhabi Des...

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  • VASILYEV TAKES NARROW LEAD IN ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE AS ROMA PLUNGES FROM CONTENTION

    Seven-times champion Coma takes bikes lead from Sunderland Abu Dhabi, UAE, 7 April, 2014:  Russian Vladimir Vasilyev grabbed a slender lead in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Powered by Nissan today after defending drivers’ champion Nan...

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  • VASILYEV MOVES WITHIN SIGHT OF VICTORY IN ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    Coma closes in on eighth bikes title after Sunderland is halted by mechanical failure Abu Dhabi, UAE, 9 April, 2014:  Russian Vladimir Vasilyev moved within sight of his first victory in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Powered by Nissan ...

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  • FROM THE FINISH RAMP

    Russian Vladimir Vasilyev and co-driver Konstantin Zhilstov celebrate their cars victory in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Powered by Nissan with ATCUAE President Mohammed Ben Sulayem and team manager Sven Quandt at the finish at Yas Marina...

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  • ADDC Nominated for Best Sporting Event in 2014 Ahlan! Awards.

    ADDC Nominated for Best Sporting Event in 2014 Ahlan! Awards.   The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Powered by Nissan has been nominated for the Best Sporting Event in the Ahlan! Awards Abu Dhabi 2014. Cast your vote for the Desert Challenge no...

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  • ATCUAE, ADMM JOIN FORCES TO DRIVE ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE TO NEW HEIGHTS

    Sulayem says new strategic partnership is key to continued development of UAE’s spectacular cross country rally Dubai, UAE, 3rd March 2015:  The Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE has formed a new strategic partnership wi...

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  • ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE TAKES PLACE UNDER PATRONAGE OF HH SHEIKH HAMDAN BIN ZAYED AL NAHYAN

    Ben Sulayem says Abu Dhabi government backing has turned event into best in the world Dubai, UAE, 11 March, 2015:  The 25th edition of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge will take place from 27 March to 2 April 2015 under the patronage...

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  • WORLD CUP TRAIL LEADS DEFENDING CHAMPION FROM RUSSIAN SNOW TO BIG DESERT CHALLENGE

    UAE team in action on two fronts, leading field in motor sport development, research Dubai, UAE, 16 March, 2015:  The extremes of the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies vary dramatically during the season, as Russian driver Vladimi...

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  • KEY SUPPORTERS PLAY MAJOR ROLE IN SAFETY PLAN FOR ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    Sulayem highlights crucial roles of Abu Dhabi Aviation, ADNOC as classic desert rally marks 25th anniversary Dubai, UAE, 22 March, 2015:  When Russian driver Vladimir Vasilyev, top Emirati  rider Mohammed Al Balooshi and the r...

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  • YAHYA KEEPS DESERT CHALLENGE RECORD INTACT AS THE MAYOR FROM SLOVENIA MISSES OUT

    Ever present Al Helei and Desert Fox Stanovnik reflect true spirit of UAE’s classic desert rally – Sulayem Abu Dhabi, UAE, 24 March, 2015: One very familiar face will be missing when the world’s top cross country rally star...

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  • STAGE SET FOR 25TH ANNIVERSARY DESERT CHALLENGE

    Powerful international line-up of cars, buggies, bikes and quads set for super stage action at Yas Marina Circuit  Abu Dhabi, UAE, 27 March, 2015:  The stage is set for the 25th edition of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge POWERE...

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  • CHAMPIONS CHASE PLACE IN DESERT CHALLENGE RECORD BOOKS

    Odds against repeat wins for Vasilyev, Goncalves, Sonic as UAE’s classic desert rally passes three milestones  Abu Dhabi, UAE, 28 March, 2015:  Russian driver Vladimir Vasilyev, Portuguese bikes star Paulo Goncalves and Polish qua...

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  • YAHYA OUTSHINES WORLD’S BEST TO TAKE LEAD IN ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    World champion Coma grabs early advantage in battle of the bikes  Abu Dhabi, UAE, 29 March, 2015:  The UAE’s Yahya Al Helei covered himself in glory today in the 25th anniversary Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge POWERED by Nis...

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  • NASSER TIGHTENS GRIP ON DESERT CHALLENGE AS COMA TURNS ON WORLD CHAMPION STYLE

    UAE’s Al Qassimi climbs within reach of podium position while Al Helei finds cruel luck in Rub Al Khali  Abu Dhabi, UAE, 31 March, 2015:  Nasser Al Attiyah strengthened his grip on the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge POWERED by Ni...

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  • DECISION TO CANCEL FINAL DESERT CHALLENGE STAGE BASED ON COMPETITOR SAFETY - SULAYEM

    Al Attiyah lands second cars title, Coma wins bikes crown as sandstorm brings down curtain on world stage Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2 April, 2015:  Action in the 25th Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge POWERED by Nissan reached an early conclusion t...

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  • OBITUARY | AMADEUS MATZKER, (1966 – 2016)

      Mohammed Ben Sulayem and the whole Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge team would like to express their sadness at the news that regular competitor, German Amadeus Matzker has tragically lost his life in an accident while in the Sahara Desert. ...

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  • ATCUAE, ADMM SIGN THREE YEARS AGREEMENT TO POWER ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    Sulayem says new strategic partnership is key to continued development of UAE's spectacular cross country rally The Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE and Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management have signed a new agreement to work together to de...

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  • BIG LAND, AIR OPERATION HELPS DRIVERS, RIDERS, PASS EXTREME TEST IN ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    Sulayem highlights crucial roles of Abu Dhabi Aviation, ADNOC as classic desert rally heads for 26th edition Abu Dhabi Aviation helicopters will provide the potentially life-saving aerial Search And Rescue support for the medical crews who wil...

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  • STAGE SET FOR CLASSIC BATTLE IN ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    Vasilyev aims for hat-trick of cars victories; Sunderland leads race to become new bikes champion                         &nbs...

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  • EMIRATI, GCC PRIVATE ENTRIES GET FREE PASSAGE INTO ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    Sulayem says Sheikh Nahyan reinforces ATCUAE efforts to boost local participation in motorsport Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, who is a strong supporter of the Desert Challenge, with ATCUAE President Mohammed Ben Sulayem   The A...

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  • ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE SET TO LAUNCH CLASSIC ADVENTURE FOR POWERFUL WORLD-CLASS LINE-UP

    ATCUAE President Mohammed Ben Sulayem at today’s official Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge press conference with sponsors and leading competitors. Competitors (from left) Emil Khneisser, Mikko Hirvonen, Nasser Al Attiyah, Vladimir Vasilyev, Moha...

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  • DESERT CHALLENGE SET FOR FLYING START IN ABU DHABI

    Super Special stage lines up spectacular action at Al Forsan International Sports Resort   The UAE’s Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi gives a competitive debut to his new Abu Dhabi Racing Mini All4 Racing in the super special stage at Al ...

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  • SHEIKH NAHYAN LAUNCHES ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan flagged away competitors on the super special spectator stage with ATCUAE President Mohammed Ben Sulayem   H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the Minister of Culture and Knowledge Developm...

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  • AL ATTIYAH INCREASES DESERT CHALLENGE LEAD AS QUINTANILLA EDGES CLASSIC BIKES TUSSLE

    Nasser Al Attiyah   Qatar’s Nasser Al Attiyah extended his overall cars lead in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge POWERED BY Nissan today while Chile’s Pablo Quintanilla grabbed a slender advantage in a fascinating bikes tussle ...

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  • AL ATTIYAH MOVES WITHIN REACH OF SECOND ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE TITLE AS VASILYEV FINDS DISASTER

    Quintanilla reclaims bikes lead as ADNOC stage lives up to its tough reputation   Nasser Al Attiyah   Qatar’s Nasser Al Attiyah continued along his relentless path towards a second cars triumph in the Abu Dhabi Desert Cha...

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  • POLAND’S ARON DOMZALA SET TO DEFEND FIA WORLD CUP LEAD AT ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    Saudi Arabia’s Yasir Saiedan holds slender FIA T2 advantage in Abu Dhabi Free entries awarded to Emirati and GCC entrants at Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Top entrants to join race officials and sponsors at media conference on Thursda...

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  • AL ATTIYAH CRUISES TO SECOND ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE TRIUMPH

    Desert Challenge cars champions Nasser Al Attiyah and co-driver Mathieu Baumel and team-mates at the podium after collecting their trophy from ATCUAE President Mohammed Ben Sulayem and Abdul Rahman bin Abdul Latif Al Mannai, Chairman of the Qata...

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  • SHEIKH HAMDAN’S SUPPORT HAS DRIVEN ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE TO THE TOP – BEN SULAYEM

      The world’s top cross country rally drivers and riders have been promised a classic endurance test in the 27th edition of Abu Dhabi Desert Challengee in April under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Rule...

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  • 23-STRONG MEDICAL TEAM TO BENEFIT FROM NEW TECHNOLOGIES AT ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    The 27th Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Powered by Nissan takes centre stage in the UAE’s sporting calendar next week (March 31-April 6).       The 27th Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Powered by Nissan takes centre ...

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  • WORLD’S LEADING DRIVERS AND RIDERS ARRIVE TO PREPARE FOR ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    The third round of the 2017 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies and the opening round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship kicks off with a super special stage at the Al-Forsan International Sports Resort on April 1 and runs thro...

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  • BIG LAND, AIR OPERATION HELPS DRIVERS, RIDERS, PASS EXTREME TEST IN ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    Sulayem highlights crucial roles of Abu Dhabi Aviation, ADNOC as classic desert rally heads for 27th edition The world’s leading cross country rally drivers and riders are again shaping up to tackle the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge POWERED...

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  • DUBAI’S DAKAR CHAMPION SAM SUNDERLAND AIMS FOR MAIDEN WIN IN ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    Husqvarna ready to lock horns with KTM and Honda in battle of the bikes   Sam Sunderland   Less than two and a half months ago, Dubai-based Briton Sam Sunderland delivered one of the greatest performances ever seen by an Englis...

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  • EMIRATI, GCC PRIVATE ENTRIES GET FREE PASSAGE INTO ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    The Automobile and Touring Club for the UAE announced today that entry fees for next week’s Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge POWERED BY Nissan will be waived for all privately-entered Emirati and GCC competitors, which means they will only need to ...

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  • Nissan powers Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge for 14th consecutive year

    Nissan reaffirms its commitment to Middle East motorsport, as the Cross Country Rallying world turns its spotlight on the UAE   Samir Cherfan, Managing Director, Nissan Middle East signs the new agreement with Mohammed Ben Sulayem, Pres...

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  • MASSIVE ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE ENTRY PROVES STRENGTH OF CROSS-COUNTRY RALLYING

    The Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE have announced a massive entry for next week’s 27th Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (ADDC) Powered by Nissan.   The ADDC POWERED BY NISSAN is the third round of the 2017 FIA World Cup for Cr...

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  • ADMM CONTINUES ITS SUPPORT TO ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    Ben Sulayem says the strategic partnership is key to continued Development of UAE’s spectacular cross country rally   Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management is continuing its collaboration with the Automobile and Touring Club of UAE to ...

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  • GLITTERING PRIZE GIVING ROUNDS OFF DESERT CHALLENGE

    The 26th Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge POWERED by Nissan came to a climax with a glittering gala dinner and prize giving ceremony at Yas Marina Circuit. Mohammed Ben Sulayem, president of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE, the rally organis...

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  • SHEIKH NAHYAN VISITS ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    Sheikh Nahyan talks to Finnish driver Mikko Hirvonen watched by ATCUAE President Mohammed Ben Sulayem   H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development and Chairman of the General Authority fo...

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  • AL ATTIYAH BUILDS AGAIN ON DESERT CHALLENGE LEAD BUT VASILYEV STILL CHASING HAT-TRICK DREAM

    Rodrigues bounces back with stage win but Price reclaims lead in bikes battle Nasser Al Attiyah Qatar’s Nasser Al Attiyah is edging closer to his second victory in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge POWERED BY Nissan, but Russia’s Vl...

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  • NASSER SURGES INTO DESERT CHALLENGE LEAD AS PRICE MAKES FLYING BIKES START

    Nasser Al Attiyah Qatar’s Nasser Al Attiyah surged into an early lead in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge POWERED BY Nissan today as the rally launched its spectacular five-day journey through the giant dunes and plains of the UAE’s ...

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  • ARAB STARS SET OUT TO FRUSTRATE RUSSIAN’S HAT-TRICK BID IN ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    ATCUAE President Mohammed Ben Sulayem, the rally founder, checks out Sheikh Khalid’s new Mini   Three of Arab world’s top drivers are lining up to frustrate Russia’s Vladimir Vasilyev as he tries to underline his place...

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  • DESERT CHALLENGE RESEARCH PROJECT AIMS TO REDUCE THREAT OF SPINAL INJURIES IN CROSS COUNTRY RALLIES

    Sulayem says study will give better understanding of injury threats to competitors   Mohammed Ben Sulayem: "The research will give us a better understanding of the cause and extent of spinal injuries that competitors are susceptibl...

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  • BALOOSHI TAKES ON WORLD’S BEST SEEKING BREAKTHROUGH IN ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    Emirati rider wants stage win in home event as Sunderland, Quintanilla, Dakar champion Price lead chase for bikes crown Emirati rider Mohammed Al Balooshi is looking forward to mixing it with the best in the world again in next week’s Abu D...

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  • ARAB DRIVERS BID TO BREAK RUN OF OVERSEAS WINS IN ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    Al Attiyah, Al Qassimi, Al Rajhi primed for victory battle on FIA World Cup stage   Two of the biggest rivals in Middle East motor sport will be battling against history, as well as each other, when they chase victory in the Abu Dhabi Dese...

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  • AL AIN WATER THE LIFE BLOOD HELPING DESERT CHALLENGE FIGHT RISK OF DEHYDRATION

    Ben Sulayem: Keeping competitors, volunteers hydrated a major priority as World Cup rally takes on the Rub Al Khali   Dehydration is one of the biggest threats to competitors in extreme motor sport events run in high temperatures, but t...

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  • NISSAN TO POWER ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE FOR 13th YEAR IN A ROW

    Nissan’s tough and strenuous stage of the rally will take place April 6 stretching 258.10 kms   Dubai, UAE: March 15, 2015: Nissan Middle East has pledged once again to back the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE in its contin...

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  • MORGAN TEMPORARILY SWAPS SAND FOR SNOW

      This weekend sees the opening round of the 2016 FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup taking place in the freezing cold conditions of arctic Russia, with the 12th staging of the Northern Forrest Baja. For those unfamiliar with the event, ...

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  • AL ATTIYAH EXCLUDED FROM DESERT CHALLENGE

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2 April, 2015:  Nasser Al Attiyah has been excluded from the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge POWERED BY NISSAN for a suspension travel irregularity following post-event scrutineering by the FIA. Russia’s defending champion V...

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  • GLITTERING PRIZE GIVING ROUNDS OFF DESERT CHALLENGE

    Sulayem presents trophies as UAE’s world class rally reaches climax at Yas Marina Circuit Abu Dhabi, UAE, 3 April, 2015:  The 25th Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge POWERED by Nissan came to a climax with a glittering gala dinner an...

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  • DESERT CHALLENGE SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM BEST IN THE WORLD, SAYS SWEDISH RIDER RECOVERING FROM CRASH

    Land sends “wholehearted thanks” to Sulayem for prompt action which saw him survive life-threatening emergency     Abu Dhabi, UAE, 10 April, 2015: Swedish rider Tony Land says the Search and Rescue team who came to his ...

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  • NASSER ON COURSE FOR SECOND DESERT CHALLENGE VICTORY AS COMA STAYS IN CONTROL OF BIKES

    Al Qassimi, Al Helei out of luck but they did UAE proud – Sulayem Abu Dhabi, UAE, 1 April, 2015:  With one more day remaining in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge POWERED by Nissan, Nasser Al Attiyah is firmly on course for his second vic...

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  • NASSER GRABS LEAD IN ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE AS SUNDERLAND HEADS BATTLE OF BIKES

    UAE’s Al Helei, Al Qassimi still in the hunt for top places after demanding day in Rub Al Khali  Abu Dhabi, UAE, 30 March, 2015:  Nasser Al Attiyah grabbed the lead in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge POWERED by Nissan today wh...

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  • SHEIKH NAHAYAN FLAGS OFF SUPER STAGE TO LAUNCH 25TH ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    Powerful international line-up of cars, buggies, bikes and quads in action at Yas Marina Circuit  Abu Dhabi, UAE, 28 March, 2015:  H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Bin Mubarak Al Nahayan, the UAE Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Develop...

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  • DESERT CHALLENGE IS HEAVEN FOR SONIK BUT WORLD CHAMPION ADDS WORD OF CAUTION

    Beautiful terrain but you need to respect it says Pole as lone Russian lady rider takes on men Abu Dhabi, UAE, 28 March, 2015:  Poland’s Rafael Sonik, the reigning FIM world quads champion, is in raptures when he talks about the Abu Dh...

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  • ABU DHABI SUPER SHOW SPARKS DESERT CHALLENGE ANNIVERSARY

    Yas Marina Circuit powers spectator stage to launch 25th edition of UAE’s classic desert rally POWERED BY Nissan Abu Dhabi, UAE, 26 March, 2015:  The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge POWERED BY Nissan will mark its 25th anniversary...

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  • RESEARCH, AL AIN WATER HELPS DESERT CHALLENGE COMBAT RISK OF DEHYDRATION

    Keeping competitors, volunteers hydrated a major priority as World Cup rally takes on the Rub Al Khali Abu Dhabi, UAE, 23 March, 2015:  Scientific research carried out in the UAE will safeguard a small army of competitors and volunteers...

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  • TRIO OF WORLD CHAMPIONS HIGHLIGHT POWERFUL ENTRY FOR ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    ATCUAE announces entry list with 162 competitors from 36 countries for 25th anniversary edition of classic desert rally Abu Dhabi, UAE, 17 March, 2015:  The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge POWERED BY Nissan has attracted one of the most...

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  • DAKAR WINNER, DEFENDING CHAMPION, LEAD POWERFUL X-RAID ASSAULT ON ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    Al Attiyah, Vazilyev, chase more glory for German team as classic desert rally marks 25th anniversary Abu Dhabi, UAE, 12 March, 2015: This year’s Dakar Rally winner Nasser Al Attiyah and defending champion Vladimir Vasilyev will s...

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  • 25th ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE POWERED BY NISSAN FLAGGED FOR 27 MARCH

    Nissan Middle East extends sponsorship for UAE’s World Cup desert rally with three year commitment Dubai, UAE: March 08, 2015:Nissan Middle East and the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE have announced a new three year partne...

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  • NEW EMIRATES DESERT CHAMPIONS WILL FIND TITLES TOUGH TO KEEP – SULAYEM

    Al Maqoodi, Shipton, Al Mashghouni finish on top as UAE national Baja rally series provides perfect build-up to Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Dubai, UAE, 09 March, 2015: After a dramatic climax to the Emirates Desert Championship,new cars, bikes and...

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  • OVERSEAS EXPANSION BOOSTS ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE IN COUNTDOWN TO 25TH ANNIVERSARY

    Sulayem says new liaison offices will attract more competitors, increase event’s global viewing audience Dubai, UAE, 05January, 2015: The opening of four new overseas liaison offices for the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge POWERED BY...

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  • SULAYEM PAYS TRIBUTE TO POLISH RIDER KILLED IN DAKAR RALLY

    Hernik and two friends had used Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge to prepare for debut in South America  Dubai, UAE, 7 January 2015: Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE, today paid tribute to Polish mo...

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  • GAC TO CARRY ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE INTO NEW TERRITORY

    Sulayem says tie up with global shipping, logistics specialists is part of strategic development plan for 25th anniversary event Dubai, UAE, 10 February, 2015: New official sea links for teams sending rally machinery to the UAE for the ...

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  • SHEIKH NAHAYAN HAILS LANDMARK EVENT FOR UAE SPORT AS ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE TOPS WORLD CUP RATINGS

    Sulayem praises ATCUAE team, volunteers as desert rally outperforms rounds in Russia, Italy, Qatar, Egypt, Spain, Poland, Morocco, Portugal Abu Dhabi, UAE, 4 March, 2015: The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge POWERED BY Nissan, which celebrates its 25th...

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  • SHEIKH ZAYED BIN HAMDAN PRESENTS TROPHIES AT PRIZEGIVING FOR ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, 11 April, 2014:  H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan presented trophies to the winners in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Powered by Nissan at the official prize giving last night. H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan ...

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  • VASILYEV CRUISES TO ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE VICTORY AS GONCALVES RECORDS DRAMATIC BIKES WIN

    UAE’s Alhelei just misses out on podium finish after valiant charge on final Abu Dhabi Aviation stage Abu Dhabi, UAE, 10 April, 2014:  Russian Vladimir Vasilyev cruised to a commanding cars victory in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge...

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  • SHEIKH NAHAYAN VISITS ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    Sulayem says Minister’s call to see rally action underlines vital government support for spectacular desert rally Sheikh Nahayan with Mohammed Ben Sulayem today in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Media Centre at the bivouac, the...

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  • VASILYEV EXTENDS LEAD IN ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE ON CLASSIC DAY OF RALLYING

    Sunderland moves back ahead of Coma in battle of the bikes Abu Dhabi, UAE, 8 April, 2014:  Russian driver Vladimir Vasilyev extended his lead in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Powered by Nissan today while Dubai-based English rider Sam Sunde...

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  • SPORT UNITES RUSSIANS AND UKRAINIANS IN ABU DHABI

    Team members from two countries fly flags together in Desert Challenge Dubai, UAE, 4 April, 2014:  While the Crimean crisis continues under a global spotlight, Russians and Ukrainians are united by sport in Abu Dhabi this weekend. The flag...

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  • ROMA STARTS TOUGH TITLE DEFENCE IN ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    Spaniard aims to follow up Dakar triumph by grabbing another place in record books Dubai, UAE, 5 April, 2014: Defending champion Nani Roma is prepared for another major test of stamina and nerve in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge POWERED BY N...

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  • ROMA MAKES FLYING START AS SUPER STAGE LAUNCHES ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    Dubai, UAE, 5 April, 2014:  Defending drivers’ champion Nani Roma of Spain powered his Mini to the fastest time on the super special spectator stage which launched the 2014 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge today, while fellow-countryman Joan B...

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  • CAMERON WAUGH – ORGANISERS ANNOUNCEMENT

    It is with deep sadness that the oganisers announce that Dubai-based British rider Cameron Waugh (No.41) has succumbed to injuries at Mafraq Hospital, Abu Dhabi following an accident on SS1. The accident happened 155km after the start of the stag...

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  • ROMA MAKES BIG TITLE STATEMENT AS SUNDERLAND LEADS BIKES BATTLE IN ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    Sulayem pays tribute to heroic rider who tried to save fellow competitor after accident Abu Dhabi, UAE, 6 April, 2014:  Defending champion Nani Roma emphatically announced his intention to retain his drivers title in the Abu Dhabi Desert ...

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  • STAGE SET FOR WORLD-CLASS SHOW IN ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    “This is an event everyone in the sport wants to win”, says Sulayem as classic off road rally heads for Yas Island super start                              ...

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  • KEY SUPPORTERS HELP ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE BREAK NEW GROUND

    Sulayem spotlights crucial roles of Abu Dhabi Aviation, ADNOC as UAE leads way in sports science research  Abu Dhabi Aviation again provides the potentially life-saving aerial Search And Rescue support for the medical crews during the Abu...

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  • DESERT CHALLENGE RESEARCH AIMS TO BOOST COMPETITOR SAFETY IN CROSS COUNTRY RALLIES

    Sulayem launches study aimed at reducing risk of accidents; findings could be invaluable to FIA, FIM, rally organisers   Dr. Mohammed Ben Sulayem, ATCUAE President and FIA Vice President, with Dr. Tadhg MacIntyre, Lecturer In Sport, Exerc...

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  • STAGE SET FOR CLASSIC DESERT CHALLENGE

    Arab drivers, riders face major test as powerful overseas force heads for UAE Dubai, UAE, 10 March, 2014: The Arab world’s top cross country rally drivers and riders face another major test of endurance when they line up alongside a powe...

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  • ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE POWERED BY NISSAN HEADS TOWARDS NEW HORIZON

    ATCUAE extends partnership with Nissan Middle East for UAE’s spectacular World Cup desert rally Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the ATCUAE, signs the new agreement with Samir Cherfan, Managing Director, Nissan Middle East.   ...

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  • ROMA CLINCHES FIRST DESERT CHALLENGE VICTORY AS COMA CAPTURES RECORD SEVENTH BIKES CROWN

    Agony for Sunderland as bikes title slips away after technical infringement; Qatari celebrates success as new quads champion Abu Dhabi, UAE, 11th April, 2013: Nani Roma clinched his first victory in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge today to roun...

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  • DESERT CHALLENGE RETURNS TO SET ULTIMATE TEST

    Nobody who takes part forgets the experience, says Sulayem as Dakar winners plot Abu Dhabi victory bid Mohammed Ben Sulayem – creating the ultimate desert rally experience. Dubai, UAE, 26 January, 2014: The Middle East’s cross co...

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  • UAE DESERT CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE RIVALS EYE DUAL TARGETS

    Competitors battling for national honours also set sights on Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Mohammed Ben Sulayem – says the UAE Desert Championship events are very good preparation for the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge   Dubai, UAE 13 F...

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  • ROMA TIGHTENS GRIP ON DESERT CHALLENGE AS PRESSURE BUILDS ON SUNDERLAND

    Qatari rider says UAE’s spectacular event makes competitors feel they’re on top of the world Abu Dhabi, UAE, 9 April, 2013: Spain’s Nani Roma took a major step towards a first victory in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge today ...

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  • WORLD CUP LEADER, DEFENDING BIKES CHAMPION HEAD BIG INTERNATIONAL LINE UP IN ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    Brazil’s Varela, Spanish star Coma top seedings as Arab competitors share world-class stage with foreign stars on four and two wheels Six-times Desert Challenge winner and defending champion, Jean-Louis Schlesse...

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  • ABU DHABI AVIATION PLAYS KEY ROLE IN DESERT CHALLENGE

    Middle East’s largest commercial helicopter operator to supply aircraft, pilots and logistical support during desert rally action Abu Dhabi Aviation is back onboard the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, providing a fleet of four helicopters fo...

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  • HUGE TEST AHEAD AS SCHLESSER, COMA CHASE NEW PLACES IN ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE RECORD BOOKS

    Al Helei on the trail of more home success while fellow Emiratis Al Kitbe, Al-Zarouni both aim for quads title Abu Dhabi, UAE, 6 April, 2013: Trying to pick a winner in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge is as difficult as the event itself, and th...

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  • POLISH DRIVER, QATARI RIDER FASTEST ON SUPER SPECIAL STAGE AS ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE ROARS TO LIFE

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, 6 April, 2013: Polish driver Krystof Holowczyc in a Mini and Qatari rider Mohanmmed Abu-Issa on a Yahama Raptor 700 set the fastest times for cars and bikes respectively on today’s super special stage for the Abu Dhabi Desert ...

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  • ALVAREZ SETS EARLY PACE AFTER STORM DISRUPTS ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    Bike, quad riders forced to sit out action after ATCUAE puts safety first Abu Dhabi, UAE, 7 April, 2013: Argentinean Lucio Alvarez set the early pace in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge today after a powerful sandstorm bringing strong winds and ...

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  • NISSAN PATROL DRIVES DESERT CHALLENGE FOR TENTH YEAR

    ATCUAE extends partnership with Nissan Middle East for UAE’s spectacular desert rally Atsuo Kosaka, Managing Director of Nissan Middle East and Dr Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the ATCUAE and founder of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challeng...

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  • Attention All Competitors ! SHIPPING PROCEDURE - ADDC 2013

    Attention All Competitors!   Please be aware that to take advantage of the official shipping for the 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, all your vehicles and equipment must be delivered to the agent in Genoa no later than the 7th and 8th Ma...

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  • AL ATTIYAH EYES VICTORY IN KEY DESERT CHALLENGE TEST

    Giant dunes of UAE’s Western Region provide tough examination for Qatari’s new buggy Al Attiyah enters his Qatar Rally Team buggy which made such an impact on its competitive debut in the Dakar Rally in South America two months ag...

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  • Sun, Sand Dunes and 5-star Luxury on Leg 3 of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

    Unique double stage based around stunning Qasr Al Sarab resort ABU DHABI (UAE). Tuesday, April 3, 2012: One of the most beautifully-located hotels in the world is the scene for a unique day of racing on day three (Wednesday, April 4) of the compe...

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  • Al-Mutaiwei claims victory on ADNOC stage of 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

    Al-Mutaiwei closes gap on race leader, Schlesser, with first stage win Spanish riders dominate the bikes, with Barreda-Bort in top place South American participants find the going tough in the Liwa dunes   ABU DHABI (UAE). Tuesday, Apr...

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  • Tough Nissan leg to provide firm test of Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge competitors’ credentials

    ABU DHABI (UAE). Wednesday, April 4, 2011:Day four of the 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (Thursday, April 5) sees competitors take on arguably the rally’s toughest leg, appropriately named after Nissan, a long-term supporter of the rally, wh...

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  • Gulf racers ready to shine under the desert sun in the 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

    Local knowledge and national pride to spur Gulf nationals on to success Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE all represented ABU DHABI (UAE). Friday, March 30, 2011:Many of the Gulf’s most talented cross-country rally racers are among ...

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  • ADNOC returns to fuel 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

    Leading global oil company provides logistical support for world-class rally ABU DHABI (UAE). Saturday, March 31, 2011:The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, which gets underway on Sunday, is one of the world’s most prestigious and demanding ralli...

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  • Super Special Stage at Marina Mall gets the action underway at the 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

    Free-to-enter event offers up-close excitement in the Capital Rally stars from across the globe descend on Abu Dhabi over the weekend ABU DHABI (UAE). Saturday, March 31, 2011:The excitement continues to build ahead of the start of the 2012 Abu...

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  • Race For The Title Hots Up At Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

    Schlesser and Coma top the car and bike rankings UAE’s Al Kitbe and Husseini battle it out in the quads Female racers experience the ups and downs of desert racing ABU DHABI (UAE). Wednesday, April 4, 2012: On a day that saw temperature...

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  • Flying Start for Abu Dhabi Aviation Leg As Desert Challenge Competitors Target Finishing Line

    ABU DHABI (UAE). Thursday, April 5, 2012:The 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge draws to a close today (Friday, April 6), as the international field races north from the Empty Quarter desert and back to the capital for the ceremonial finish next to Ab...

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  • Title Within Reach for Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Leaders

    Schlesser and Coma retain top positions ahead of Friday’s final stage UAE’s Al Kitbe opens up big lead in the quads Emirati competitors do their country proud in 22nd edition of the rally ABU DHABI (UAE). Thursday, April 5, 2012: ...

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  • Al Kitbe rides to victory for UAE in 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

    Emirati races to convincing win in quad category Women’s world champion, Camelia Liparoti claims podium place ABU DHABI (UAE). Friday, April 6, 2012:Emirati quad biker, Obaid Al Kitbe rounded off a superb five days by clinching the 2012 A...

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  • Record victory for Schlesser ahead of Al-Mutaiwei in Desert Challenge

    Schlesser becomes most successful driver in rally’s history Al-Mutaiwei takes second place in MINI All4 Racing Bel Helei celebrates victory in T2 class and 4th overall   ABU DHABI (UAE). Friday, April 6, 2012:There was to be no f...

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  • Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2012 Dates Announced

    March 30 To April 6, 2012 Contact for more information email us: info@atcuae.ae 15.01.2012 Entries Open For 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge ABU DHABI (UAE). January 15, 2012: The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge will return for its 22nd running in...

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  • Six continents collide at 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

    Strong participation from South America in world-famous race Two of Middle East’s most famous rally drivers to tackle Rub Al Khali Record number of female entrants reinforces rally’s global appeal   ABU DHABI (UAE). Monday,...

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  • 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Goes green

    The 22nd edition of the world’s ultimate desert rally becomes carbon neutral  First of its kind initiative in the Middle East   ABU DHABI (UAE). 24 March 2012:  One of the world’s most challenging desert rallies, ...

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  • Behind the scenes at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

    The men, women and partners behind the world’s ultimate desert rally   ABU DHABI (UAE). Wednesday, March 28, 2011:The ultimate desert rally, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge is one of the world’s toughest cross-countryraces, but...

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