The championship has been dominated by remarkably few competitors. Both Mohammed bin Sulayem and reigning champion Nasser Al-Attiyah has won 14 titles. Between them they have won over 60% of events in the history of the championship.
Nasser Salih Nasser Abdullah Al-Attiyah is a Qatari rally driver, sport shooter and sheik. He was the 2006 Production World Rally Champion, a 13-time Middle East Rally Champion, 2014 and 2015 WRC-2 champion, three times winner of FIA cross-country rally Cup and the 2011, 2015 and 2019 Dakar Rally winner.
Speaking at the press conference held at Commercial Bank Plaza, Al Atya commented: “I am excited to be taking part in the upcoming Middle East Rally Championship, which kicks off in Qatar this weekend. The Middle East Rally Championship is one of my favourite competitions and one of my greatest achievements in my sporting career. There is no greater feeling than being able to play the sport you love in your own country. I’d like to thank Commercial Bank for their support in making this happen.”