Located in the historical town of Ad Diriyah on the outskirts of the Kingdom’s capital city, the Riyadh Street Circuit has been hosting Formula E since 2018.
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As the original home to the Saudi royal family, Ad Diriyah is also a UNESCO World Heritage site that’s steeped in cultural history. But even more recently, the ancient town made modern-day history as the venue where Formula E’s Gen 2 cars made their racing debut. The historic town made even more history in 2021, as it hosted Formula E’s first ever night races.
The 2.5 km temporary street circuit, with its 21 turns, already has a reputation for being one of the most challenging tracks in the all-electric championship. The track features plenty of undulating areas and narrow sections, while the dusty conditions of the Arabian desert also adds an extra challenge for the teams and drivers.
The first Diriyah E-Prix was held in 2018, when it hosted the season-opening race. The circuit has gone on to host the season-opener again in both 2019 and 2021, and will do so once more in 2022. Attack Mode made its debut on this circuit in the 2018 Diriyah E-Prix, with the activation zone located on the long straight between turns 17 and 18.
In both 2019 and 2021, Diriyah hosted a double header of races. From the five previous races, here Sam Bird is the only driver to have won multiple events, while Alexander Sims is the only driver to take multiple pole positions at the venue.
Although the decision to host a Formula E race in Saudi Arabia was met with controversy when it was first announced, the Kingdom has agreed on a ten-year deal with to host a round of the championship in the country. The deal was secured under Saudi Arabia’s 2030 plan that aims to boost the Kingdom’s status in aspects such as sports and tourism.
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Upcoming events at the Riyadh Street Circuit
The Riyadh Street Circuit is currently only used once per year for Formula E.
How to get there
How to get to the Saudi capital and the Riyadh Street Circuit
- Riyadh is served by King Khalid International Airport (RUH), which has connections to all corners of the globe, including the USA, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. It’s a major hub for the Saudi flag carrier Saudia and budget airline flynas. The airport is approximately 30km north of the city centre; an Uber or taxi should set you back between 40-80 SAR ($10-20 USD).
- The Riyadh Street Circuit is located in Ad Diriyah, site of the first Saudi state and home to the largest mud-brick city in the world at the world heritage site At-Turaif. Located around 20km northwest of the city centre, the best way to get there is via taxi or ride sharing.