Saudi Arabia will host the UIM Formula 1 World Powerboat Championship (F1H2O) at the Dammam Corniche on Thursday.
Considered one of the world’s most competitive, dangerous and thrilling sports championships, the event will kick off on Thursday and run for three days, culminating with 20 of the world’s most famous powerboat racers competing for the Grand Prix on Saturday, March 30.
Under the guidance of Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki Al-Faisal, chairman of the General Sport Authority, and in cooperation with the Saudi Water Sports and Diving Federation (SWSDF), Saudi Arabia will host the opening round of the UIM Formula 1 World Powerboat Championship (F1H2O) at the Dammam Corniche.
Hosted by countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, the 2019 F1H2O circuits were officially unveiled at a press conference held by the Union Internationale Motonautique (International Federation of Marine Sports) in Monaco on Saturday where it was announced that Arabia will host the opening round in the presence Prince Albert II of Monaca, world champion racers, and senior F1H2O representatives.
Dammam hosting the event comes as a result of concerted efforts by the General Sport Authority to bring distinctive sports activities to the Kingdom by launching new activities and hosting prominent international sporting events to enhance the local sports sector. These efforts also aim to reinforce Saudi Arabia’s position as a leading sports destination in the Middle East, in line with Saudi Vision 2030.
The race, which features 18 drivers from 11 countries, will mark the end of the Eastern Province Season, the first season of the recently-launched “Saudi Seasons” tourism campaign, which includes 11 tourist seasons spanning most of the Saudi regions.
The event is expected to draw more 20,000 spectators from Saudi Arabia and abroad.