(“Dune of the Jinn
”), a barren desert situated in central Iran, will host tens of motorists driving a variety of 4WD cars for a rally scheduled to be held on February 20 and 21.
“Competitors will be divided into teams, each composed of three cars. And the rally will be held in a single class through a route of about 100 kilometers”.
According to organizers, the event is aimed to promote domestic tourism; an appropriate safari culture without damaging the nature and the environment; knowledge and driving skills in the desert; social vitality: and finally to encourage practical assistance between participants.
Dasht-e Kavir and the Great Salt Desert, is a large desert lying in the middle of the Iranian plateau. It is about 800-kilometre-long (500 mi) by 320-kilometre-wide with a total surface area of about 77,600 km², making it the Earth's 24th largest desert.
The rally is organized by the Touring and Automobile Club of Iran in close collaboration with the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Ministry.Rig Jenn
(also spelled Rig-e Jenn
) received its name from the belief that the area was haunted by spirits and the devil. This belief was strengthened by, and probably originated from the fact that perhaps many had entered the desert and never returned. Sometimes the notorious winds of Rig-e Jenn
howl ominously, sounding like a supernatural wail that triggers even the most rigid skeptics’ imagination.
Rig Jenn is situated in a border area between Semnan
provinces. In another world, it is part of Dasht-e Kavir (the central desert of Iran). It consists of sand dunes, dry riverbeds, crystallized salt flowers, salt planes, rare vegetation here and there and a hard and often dried and cracked mud surface.