The History of Cars in the United Arab Emirates

You may not have visited the United Arab Emirates (UAE) until now, but you might’ve seen it in movies. Many of the travel videos of this country show the super cars and SUVs in its cities. Upon seeing such videos, you might think that the country is a hotspot of luxury cars. You’ll come across some magnificent sand-buggies in the desert areas and some Bugattis cruising down the road. 

Upon witnessing these sights, you’ll get an idea about the country’s love for cars. As a matter of fact, the Dubai Police Force also has a range of luxury cars in its fleet. Among them are Bugatti Veyron, Aston Martin One-77, and Bentley Continental GT.

The good old days

You might think that the nation’s love for cars is based on the desire to show off wealth. However, there is a much deeper and historical connection. Long before the skyscrapers and roads were built, not many expatriates lived in the country. Most of the region was a barren desert with dunes and beaten path. 

In order to reach a particular spot in the country, one had to cross such terrains. The country’s love for SUVs began from here. People in the UAE began to buy the most reliable SUVs they could find. As time went on and technology advanced, the people of this country began demanding more power in their vehicles.

Symbols of speed, power, and status

You’ll come across several events associated with automobiles in the country, such as, Custom Show Emirates. These events are an outcome of the love that people living here have for modifying cars. Such changes are made to the vehicles for increasing their speed and power. 

Nissan Patrols have been modified to have more than 2,000 horsepower and suspension to handle jumps and dunes. The desert vehicles of today have become a part of the culture of the UAE. Many have seen the greatest degree of modifications done to the vehicles on the popular show ‘The Grand Tour’. 

A Porsche 918 Spyder was raced against a Nissan Patrol. During the race, the Nissan pulled away from the Porsche. The hosts of the show were shocked to see the capabilities of a modified Nissan.

King of the road

In this part of the world, some of the luxury cars are known as the ‘Kings of the Desert’. Among them are Nissan Patrol Safari and Toyota Land Cruiser. The utility and capabilities of these cars always exceed expectations. If you’re driving on most of the highways in the country, you’ll encounter Japanese off-road SUVs. No one dares to mess with these luxury cars and this has been the case for decades. 

After the urbanization of UAE, people began to buy sports cars. This was done considering the fact that the tarmac on roads here is far more friendly than the sands. As a result, today people see many Nissan-GTRs that have been modified heavily. They are taken on a ride alongside the Lamborghinis and Bentleys.

The love for cars in the UAE

You’ll find all types of vehicles in the country, whether it’s a limousine or a sports car. Even the rarest of cars can be found in this part of the world. If you happen to visit the Jumeirah Beach on a Friday night, you’ll be mesmerized. The sight of a vast array of luxury cars is surely an experience worth cherishing. 

It is this love for motorcars and motorsports that started a trend of car rentals in the country. People rent all those fabulous luxury cars to garner respect while on the roads. The expensive cars like Ferraris and Lamborghinis are also rented frequently for special occasions.

The History of Cars in the United Arab Emirates

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