Olympian Chris Hoy, boxer Amir Khan and singer Ricky Martin join the world-famous car rally.
Ras Al Khaimah, start your engines. The thrilling Gumball 3000 car rally is making its Middle Eastern debut, and heading up Jebel Jais mountain on 17 November. The event brings together sporting stars, from Olympic legend Sir Chris Hoy to boxing champion Amir Khan. Plus, there are musicians, models and more, as the event culminates with a concert from Latin superstar Ricky Martin.
Gumball 3000 is now in its 23rd year, and has scheduled to make its penultimate stop in Ras Al Khaimah. The course will begin in Dubai with drivers spending six days driving through the mountain, coastal and desert roads of the UAE and Oman.
Gumball 3000 is hosted by Maximillion Cooper, and brings together more than 100 cars – we’re talking Bugatti, Koenigsegg, Ferrari and Lamborghini. The event welcomes Red Bull Drift Racing drivers Ahmed Daham and Haitham Al Hadidi; British YouTube stars Yung Filly and Michael Dapaah; British supermodel Jodie Kidd; and American rapper Eve. Plus, eSports stars include Sidemen, K5, The Twins, Mamacita, Super GT, DDE, Mr JWW and Shmee150.
Jebel Jais, situated in the Hajar mountain range, is the UAE’s highest peak. Guests can watch as the supercars, in collaboration with Dubai’s all-female supercar club Arabian Gazelles, compete for the best time up the winding 20km hill climb road. On the final day, participants will drive from Ras Al Khaimah to Abu Dhabi, and reach the finish line at the Yas Island F1 circuit.
Maximillion Cooper, founder of Gumball 3000, explained: “We can’t wait for our first ever Middle East rally, especially as such incredible locations await us along the way – not least the UAE’s highest peak in the stunning Hajar mountains of Ras Al Khaimah. With so many adrenaline-pumping outdoor experiences, the Emirate is the perfect location for our rally and we’re looking forward to racing up the famous Jebel Jais for our epic 20km hill climb.”
Gumball 3000 has also teamed up with the Global Citizen Forum for its Annual Summit. The special event aims to raise money for displaced people across the world, and support underprivileged youth from low-income communities.
The Jebel Jais climb is free to attend, and can be viewed from the Jebel Jais Viewing Deck. The roads will be closed from 9.30am, and the climb begins at 10am.
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