Mohammed Ben Sulayem, chairman of the organising committee for the UAE Desert Challenge, has announced that Friday's final leg of the rally has been cancelled in view of the advent of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

He said: "The FIA have been informed as well as the teams and competitors who share our respect for the Holy Month."

The final leg will be replaced by a road section from the bivouac to Dubai, where the finish will take place as scheduled at 4.30pm at Dubai International Marine Club.

Early morning fog delayed the start of the third leg of the Desert Challenge by 50 minutes this morning.

The 308-km Al Batin special stage is otherwise now continuing as scheduled in the penultimate round of the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies for cars and trucks, and the FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship for bikes.