Formula E in Saudi Arabia – Will a woman win the race?
In December, Formula E is set to kick off its fifth racing season in the UNESCO heritage site of Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. Hundreds of foreign visitors from more than 50 countries will be expected. The race marks also the first tourist visas for an event outside the realm of religious tourism.
“Ad Diriyah Gate is a unique destination that showcases the soul of Saudi Arabia’s past and the promise of its future.It is a living monument to Saudi Arabia’s rich history of community and hospitality, and – in that enduring spirit – we look forward to welcoming people from all over the world to experience its wonders during and after this world-class event,” said Jerry Inzerillo, CEO of Ad Diriyah Gate Development Authority.
Now that Formula E is heading to Saudi Arabia, it will be the ideal venue to mark the competitive debut of the next generation Formula E cars. This is an exciting and vibrant event that allows the country to discover new opportunities for its future.
By organizing this event, Saudi Arabia is looking to the future and Formula E is the motorsport of the future, stated prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisal al Saud, vice-chair of the Saudi Arabia General Sports Authority. He also added that it aligns perfectly with the country’s 2030 vision and offers the prospect of world-class racing on the streets the county for the first time in the history. Saudi Arabia’s touch to Formula E debut in the Gulf – at least seven female drivers will line up against male rivals. Any team entering a female racer would be permitted to run a second car.
“We can promise a line-up both on the track, onstage and amongst a breathtaking historical setting that will excite fans across the world. It is the perfect combination of live sport, entertainment, technology and culture, all in the one place and all at one time.” – said Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki AlFaisal Al Saud.
Formula E race will be accompanied by several cultural activities, live music and entertainment featuring globally-renowned performers. They will serve as a sideshow to the spectacular action on the track as the ABB FIA Formula E Championship makes its debut not only in Saudi Arabia but in the entire Gulf region.Formula E follows the announcement that Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund will invest more than $1 billion in aspiring electric-car maker Lucid Motors Inc. Both initiatives are part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030. Announced in April 2016, it is the kingdom’s attempt for social and economic reforms – as the country aims to diversify its revenue streams into areas such as tourism, and reduce its reliance on money from oil exports. Within “Vision 2030”, Saudi Arabia is embracing new technologies, renewable energy and electric vehicles. Furthermore the country is targeting 9.5 gigawatts of annual renewable energy by 2023.