Nasser Al-Attiyah

The two-time Dakar Rally champion who put his native Qatar on the rally map

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Hi, my name is Nasser Al-Attiyah. My discipline is Rally S-WRC and Dakar. My friends call me Saleh. I was born on 21 December 1970 in Doha, Qatar. My special talent is archery. My favourite food is roast camel – I would recommend it if you've not tried it before. My favourite music is lots of stuff, but I really like Bob Marley and classical music.


Nasser Al-Attiyah is a Qatari rally driver and sport shooter. He participated in the Production World Rally Championship (PWRC), which he won in 2006, and the Dakar Rally, which he won for the first time in 2011 and again in 2015. In shooting, he came in fourth place in the 2004 Olympic Games in clay pigeon shooting and 15th overall in the 2008 Olympic Games. And in the 2012 Olympics Games he won the bronze medal.

Al-Attiyah is extremely ambitious, motivated and always on top of his game. After winning the Dakar Rally and securing a bronze medal in the Olympics he is now considered more of a Godfather, and the face of Qatari sports. Nasser Al-Attiyah won the PWRC in 2006, his third year in the championship; he won the following two rounds, Rally Argentina and Acropolis Rally. He finished second in the Rally dos Sertões from Goiânia to Natal in Brazil (24 June-3 July 2009) behind Carlos Sainz of Spain.

In the 2010 Dakar Rally, Al-Attiyah finished second, 2m 12s behind Carlos Sainz, the smallest gap in the history of the race. Then on January 15, 2011 he won the legendary Dakar race, making him the only Arab to ever win the difficult competition. After dominating the 2015 edition of Dakar from start to finish in a Mini, Al-Attiyah can now boast a second title to his name.

The Qatari speedster and co-driver Mathieu Baumel also won 2015’s FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup.

The desert racing duo went to the 2016 Dakar in the X-raid MINI they used to win the race the previous year, but despite a surging performance in the later stages of the race, they had to settle for the second step on the podium behind the Peugeot of Stéphane Peterhansel.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2016
    1. 1st Place, Car Category: Cross Country Rallies, Baja Aragon

      Aragon, Spain

  2. 2016
    1. 1st Place: FIA Cross Country World Cup, Italian Baja

      Pordenone, Italy

    2. 1st Place: Sealine Cross Country Rally


    3. 1st Place: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

      Liwa Desert, UAE

    4. 2nd Place: Dakar Rally

  3. 2015
    1. WRC2 Champion

      Al-Attiyah successfully defended his 2014 title

    2. FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup Champion

      Al-Attiyah's win at the Oilibya Rally of Morocco secured his title win with co-driver Mathieu Baumel

    3. Dakar Rally Champion

      Repeating his 2011 title