Auto shows are a great way for car brands to show off their merchandise to car enthusiasts and other industry members. These events take place globally and are attended by thousands of visitors every year. Just like many other events, the auto shows in 2020 had to be canceled due to the surging pandemic. However, despite the escalating situation, in 2021 it seems that the auto shows will be making a comeback. Many car brands prefer showcasing their new arrivals at prestigious auto shows so, it will be interesting to see what this year has in store.
The UAE is no stranger to extravagant cars on the road as the country has car enthusiasts who do not mind spending their wealth on expensive vehicles. Therefore, auto shows are also an important aspect of the UAE lifestyle. While many shows in the UAE were canceled last year due to the pandemic, it seems that this year will be welcoming back auto shows in all their glory. The schedule for some shows has already been released and tickets are also on sale. Let us have a look at some of the most promising auto shows that are held in the UAE and are worth looking forward to in 2021.
Dubai International Motor Show
Arguably the largest auto show to be held in the region, the Dubai International Motor Show lives up to its international claim by attracting visitors from over 70 countries. Every event is attended by around 100,000 visitors. This is a biannual event that showcases vehicles ranging from bikes, cars, and high-tech supercars. The events also reveal innovative concept vehicles by leading car brands. The car enthusiast can also purchase exclusive merchandise that is automobile themed. The event takes place at the Dubai World Trade Center.
This auto show is for car enthusiasts who love speed and high-performance vehicles, as this is their chance to get behind the wheel of the vehicle they want. The vehicles belong to leading car brands including Audi, McLaren, Porsche, and Ferrari. There are a purpose-built track and visitors can also enjoy go-karting at the Kartdome. The event hosts a variety of events stretched over the year including track day for drivers to drive their vehicles on the racetrack. One of the best experiences the event has to offer is the Formula DXB single seater which is the ultimate race car experience for brave car enthusiasts. The events are held at Dubai Autodrome situate on the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road.
Gulf Car Festival
Packed with an array of festivities, the Gulf Car Festival is an exciting event for the attendees. Ranging from live car meets, exclusive merchandise, and an action-packed arena, there is something for every attendee. The auto show was initiated in 2014, and it is conducted in the outdoor parking of the Dubai Festival City Mall. The most recent event featured over 1000 cars that have an estimated worth of AED350 million collectively. The events specialized in supercars so the visitors can expect new reveals and first looks of electrifying models and some of the top vehicles of the year.
Not all auto shows are open for all via ticket purchase, some are also invitation-only like the Gulf Concours. This exclusive event is reserved for car collectors and car aficionados and is held annually at the Burj Al Arab. The Gulf Concours features some of the rarest vintage vehicles from across the globe. Some of the finest cars that have been spotted in past events include a 1913 classic by French manufacturer Clement-Bayard, a 1990s Jaguar XJ220, vintage Ferraris, and a 1951 Series I Land Rover. The bespoke vehicles showcased during the auto shows are worth millions owing to their rarity. The event can be thoroughly enjoyed by car enthusiasts who have an eye for classic cars.
Custom Show Emirates
This unique auto show serves as a B2C and B2B platform connecting retailers and suppliers for after-market and tuning products, connecting buyers and ends customers directly. The Custom Show Emirates is also a source of automotive entertainment for car enthusiasts. This event is held at the World Trade Centre in Dubai and it is a strategic partner of the USA based SEMA show. This year the event is expected to be held on April 8, 2021.
Another auto-show that takes place at the Dubai World Trade Centre is the Automechanika Dubai that is a great source for motorists to receive updates regarding the latest market trends. The most recent event was attended by 32,720 visitors, and it hosted over 1,900 exhibitors in a total of 13 halls showcasing a diverse range of automotive, products, equipment, and services. This platform is also a hub for the business community to conduct meetings with the previous show having over 8,000 business meetings. The event has a global appeal as it features products from 63 countries providing a chance to provide a platform to connect with key manufacturers and negotiate partnerships.
Other than this, the car enthusiasts can also visit some of the biggest showrooms all-round the year including car brands such as Tesla, Bentley, Bugatti, and Lamborghini. The Bentley showroom is located on the popular Sheikh Zayed Road that is a three storeys building including a rooftop garden, exclusive brand merchandise, a room dedicated to a variety of customization options, and a chance to get behind the wheel of your favorite Bentley model.
The residents of the UAE love their lavish cars that can be spotted cruising on roads and pulling into hotel driveways. The above-mentioned auto shows are ideal for automotive admirers to get their much-needed dose of luxury laden comfort.
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