Historic lineup awaits Saudi E-Prix as racing returns to Diriyah

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Saudi Arabia’s electric racing circuit, created in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ad Diriyah and launched a year ago, has been hailed as one of “the best Formula E tracks.” (Supplied)
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Saudi Arabia’s electric racing circuit, created in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ad Diriyah and launched a year ago, has been hailed as one of “the best Formula E tracks.” (Supplied)
Updated 04 November 2019

Historic lineup awaits Saudi E-Prix as racing returns to Diriyah

JEDDAH: The iconic “big four” German carmakers — Audi, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and BMW — are set to go head-to-head at the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Diriyah this month, in an unprecedented contest as part of a 24-vehicle strong event.

In a world first, the four will face off against one another after a team from Porsche entered the championship, signaling the return of the car giant to single-seater motor racing following a hiatus of more than 30 years. 

Twelve teams will compete in total at the iconic circuit in the Kingdom’s UNESCO World Heritage site on Nov. 22 and 23, as the competition enters its sixth season. 

The German quartet — Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, BMW i Andretti Motorsport, Mercedes-Benz EQ and Tag Heuer Porsche respectively — will be joined by British duo Envision Virgin Racing and Panasonic Jaguar Racing. 

The six other teams in contention include entries from around the world, with the US represented by Los Angeles-based Geox Dragon Racing, China-fronted Nio 333 joined by compatriots and reigning team champions DS Techeetah, and Japan’s Nissan e.dams also in contention. They will be joined by Indian team Mahindra Racing and Monaco’s Venturi Racing.

Venturi will enter the contest led by Brazilian former Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa, who will be looking to take the driver’s championship away from Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne.

 

READ MORE: Formula E set for biggest lineup in the motorsport’s history


Where We Are Going Today: Jeddah’s Dopamine Cafe

Updated 24 January 2020

Where We Are Going Today: Jeddah’s Dopamine Cafe

Complementing coffee with books and games, the perfect place to spend hours without being bored is Dopamine Cafe in Jeddah.

What sets this place apart from others in Jeddah is the range of activities that people can enjoy while having a cup or two of coffee.

The walls are lined with books for those seeking a moment of calm or are on their own, while groups of friends are guaranteed hours of entertainment thanks to the collections of games at the tables. Warm lights and soft music enhance the cozy and relaxing concept the cafe is going for.

It serves custom-crafted beverages, baked goods, breakfast options and more. The hazelnut cake is one of the best cakes I have had for a while — a chocolate sponge topped with espresso buttercream frosting and hazelnut chunks.

The cafe is calming and a great way to detox from the loud city and its busy lifestyle. It is located on Prince Sultan Road in Al-Rawdah district.