Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, will hold the first race of Season five of Formula E, this December as part of a ten-year deal.
It will be the first time Formula E has raced in the Middle East, which will take place on the outskirts of the city. The full details will be released in due course.
An exact date for the race has yet to be confirmed, as the calendar still needs to be approved by the FIA’s World Motorsport Council.
The Riyadh race will also be the first FE event featuring the series’ new Gen2 cars. The city also was the location for this year’s Race of Champions, held in January.
Agag believes that Saudi Arabia is a great place for Formula E to showcase itself.
“Bringing racing to Riyadh for the first round of the new season is the perfect setting for the next phase of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship,” said CEO of ABB Formula E, Alejandro Agag.
“We think Saudi Arabia – with the new vision of Prince Abdulaziz, Prince Khalid and the country – is a fitting location to launch the latest chapter of the electric street racing series. Many other sports are already increasing their presence in Saudi Arabia and we’re proud that they’ve chosen Formula E over other categories in racing,” said Agag.
The rest of the calendar is expected to be announced in early June, at the FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting.