Dubai: The Dubai Worldwide Baja will enter the file books this weekend as the primary FIA World Cup cross-country occasion to be run on solar energy.
As the results of a brand new partnership between the Emirates Motorsports Organisation and Dubai Electrical energy and Water Authority (DEWA), the rally will likely be based mostly at DEWA’s Innovation Centre situated on the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Photo voltaic Park from February 18-20.
“DEWA helps the Dubai Clear Vitality Technique 2050 that was launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and goals to diversify the vitality combine and to supply 75 per cent of Dubai’s complete energy capability from clear vitality sources by 2050,” Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of DEWA, stated.
“We’re glad to assist the primary FIA World Cup cross-country occasion to be run on solar energy on the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Photo voltaic Park. The Innovation Centre is a world hub for renewable and clear vitality innovation that’s anticipated to contribute to shaping the way forward for sustainable vitality in Dubai and externally.
“Our cooperation with the Emirates Motorsports Organisation and the Worldwide Car Federation comes in keeping with our ongoing efforts to boost Dubai’s place as a world pioneer in growing the clear and renewable vitality sector, and to find different options to standard vitality. This helps the sustainable growth of the Emirate,” he added.
EMSO President Mohammad Bin Sulayem, who can also be the FIA Vice President for Sport, was happy with this newest growth for this weekend’s occasion. “The usage of this facility signifies that electrical energy offered to Rally HQ and the Service Park to run the occasion is generated from sustainable solar energy,” he famous.
“None of this is able to have been attainable with out the assist of the Authorities of Dubai for our sport, and its management in sustainability. We’re setting an essential pattern, and hope different motorsport occasions within the area and abroad will observe,” Bin Sulayem hoped.
Held below the patronage of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Govt Council of Dubai, the Dubai Worldwide Baja is sponsored by Dubai Electrical energy & Water Authority, the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Photo voltaic Park and Arabian Cars Nissan.
Partnered by German co-driver Dirk Von Zitzewitz in an Abu Dhabi Racing Peugeot 3008 DKR, the UAE’s Shaikh Khalid Al Qasimi has set his sights on victory within the second spherical of the 2021 FIA World Cup for Cross Nation Bajas after ending runner-up in 2017 and 2019.
The winners of the bikes title for the primary three editions of the occasion, UAE-based South Africans Aaron Mare and Mark Ackerman, together with Emirati Mohammad Al Balooshi, are among the many contenders once more within the opening spherical of this yr’s FIM Bajas World Cup.
The EMSO’s new partnership with DEWA is a giant step ahead for the nationwide motorsport authority (ASN) as an organisation dedicated to sustainable growth of the game.
In 2015, it grew to become solely the third ASN on the planet, and first within the Center East, to obtain the best official recognition accessible for sustainable growth initiatives in keeping with environmental targets of the FIA, motorsport’s governing physique.
The EMSO has since elevated efforts to minimise waste, promote recycling and use of recycled supplies, and use sources extra effectively to scale back consumption at occasions just like the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.