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Posted On: 26 February 2019 01:35 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:03 pm

Al Adaid Desert Challenge gets bigger and better this year

Binu Cherian
Binu Cherian
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The organizing committee of Al Adaid Desert Challenge held a press conference at St. Regis Hotel on Monday to unveil the details of the 2019 edition which will take place on Friday 1st March.

In attendance were Dr. Jamal Rashid Al Khanji Al Adaid Desert Challenge Managing Director, Mr. Thani Al Zaraa, Deputy Secretary General of Qatar Cycling and Triathlon Federation, Mr. Ayed Hekmat, General Manager of Doha Takaful and M/s. Manar Khalifa AlMuraikhi, Director of PR and Corporate Communications from Ooredoo.

The 2019 Al Adaid Desert Challenge will be the biggest ever in the history of the event in terms of the number of participants and total prize money, with more than 500 cyclists and runners already registered to compete for a stake of the 50000 USD offered by the organizers. Once again Khor Al Adaid region will provide a spectacular setting for the event offering the participants the spectacular desert and sea views of Qatar’s most impressive natural wonder.

Cyclists will follow a 38.5 k route and will need to cross seven sand dunes on their way to the finish line, while runners will cover a distance of 26.7 km crossing four sand dunes in the process. The cycling race already established itself as one of the toughest off-road mountain bike races in the region. It’s a UCI Class-3 event and it also serves as the final stage of the Qatar National MTB Cross-Country Championship.

Two kids’ races at the finish line camp will offer youngsters a chance to get their first taste of mountain biking and provide an ideal family atmosphere. Kids aged 7-11 years old can take part in a short race around the finish line camp, while those aged 12-15 years old can compete in a 5 km race on a specially-designed route.

Dr. Jamal Rashid Al Khanji, Al Adaid Desert Challenge Managing Director said: “We have completed our preparations to organize another successful edition of Al Adaid Desert Challenge. Thanks to the support of our sponsors and partners the event will see a record number of participants and offer total prize money that puts it among the top events of this category all around the world.”

Al Adaid Desert Challenge is organized by Qatar Cyclists Center in association with Qatar National Tourism Authority (QNTC) and is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Sport and Qatar Cycling Federation. The event is sponsored by Doha Insurance Group, Ooredoo Qatar, Doha Takaful, Rayyan Water, Chevrolet Qatar, Doha Bus, Dama Sports Wear, Garmin Qatar, Rasen Sports, Hotel Royal Riviera Doha, Hotel St Regis Doha, Qatar Red Crescent and Mawater Qatar.

With the event getting more popular each year, and the number of registered participants reaching 500, the organizers are now offering only last chance VIP registration for a very limited number of participants. For more information please visit

Source: Press release