GAC provides Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge logistics

Dubai-based logistics firm GAC delivers vehicles for famed desert race for the second year running

A rally car navigates a Liwa dune during the Abu Dhabu Desert Challenge 2015.
A rally car navigates a Liwa dune during the Abu Dhabu Desert Challenge 2015.

Dubai-based global logistics provider GAC has provided the logistics for the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (ADDC) international cross-country rally for the second year running, delivering the race and support vehicles from their ports of origin to the UAE.

The competition involves drivers undergoing five days of head-to-head driving through the Liwa Desert’s Empty Quarter, after spending three preliminary days at the Rally HQ at the Yas Marina Circuit.

“The event is known for the calibre of its competitors, the excitement of the course and the challenging conditions participants face, but also for the ease of access to the host country for international competitors,” said Ronan Morgan, event director for ADDC.

“GAC’s performance in 2015 proved that they are equal to the challenge the race presents, and we are delighted to have them back in the driving seat for the logistics support the event demands.”

To ensure the smooth delivery of ADDC vehicles, GCC provided preferential UAE customs clearance to the inbound shipments, hailing from Genoa in Italy, Durban in South Africa, Marseilles in France, Felixstowe and Southampton in the UK, and the ports of Hamburg and Bremerhaven in Germany.

“GAC’s repeat nomination as the official logistics partner for the prestigious Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge is testament to our projects and special services team expertise in facilitating large sporting events,” commented Mario Coelho, general manager for freight at GAC Dubai.

“We are proud to continue our tradition of excellence in helping teams and their equipment get to the starting line without any hassle.”

ADDC was founded in 1991 by Emirati Motorsport legend and ATCUAE President Mohammed bin Sulayem, and has seen some of the biggest names in international motorsport tackle the UAE’s dunes with rally cars, buggies, bikes and quads.

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