Paris - The Dakar Rally will end a decade in South America and move to the deserts of Saudi Arabia next year, organisers announced on Monday.
Dakar Director David Castera said the concept of discovery, and a voyage into the unknown, had always been part of the rally.
"By going to Saudi Arabia, it is of course that aspect that fascinates me. I’m convinced that such a feeling will be shared by all the riders, drivers and copilots," he said in a statement on the Dakar website.
"As the director of the event, it’s a massive challenge to be faced with a blank page with limitless possibilities."
Details of the race will be presented at a news conference in Riyadh on April 25.