Dubai Int’l Motor Show set for stellar success in region

Dubai International Motor Show, which is expected to be the largest edition in its history, is set for stellar success as region delivers key growth for global automotive industry.

By Abdul Basit (abdulbasit@khaleejtimes.com)

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Published: Wed 30 Oct 2013, 1:20 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 9:56 AM

From left: Yolande Pineda, corporate communications general manager, Nissan Middle East; Nasser Mohammed Al Haj, manager, Vehicle Licensing, RTA; Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre and director-general of Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing; Markus Leithe, regional marketing director, GM Middle East; and Trixie LohMirmand, senior vice-president, DWTC, at Dubai International Motor Show Press conference in DWTC on Tuesday. — KT photo by Kiran Prasad

Highlights of the region’s most influential automotive show include more than 600 cars on display including 15 concept cars and 108 global and regional launches in addition to inaugural Dubai Grand Parade.

The show runs from 5 - 9 November 2013 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The show is expected witness more than 100,000 visitors from across GCC and the UAE.

With Middle East markets delivering consistent growth across all sectors of the automotive industry, the Dubai International Motor Show’s position as the region’s largest and most influential automotive event has never been more important for the global motoring world.

Top officials from Nissan Middle and General Motors Middle East at a news conference on Tuesday mentioned that the Dubai motor show is very important for them and that’s the reason they are unveiling some cars for the first time to the world at the show.

As one of the leading car markets in the region, the UAE achieved record half-year sales this June, up 18.7 percent from 2012, for a year-end forecast of 380,000 vehicles for 2013– an increase of almost 23 per cent.

“We are benefitting from a prosperous economy and all time-high business and consumer confidence. This has allowed the Dubai International Motor Show to achieve tremendous growth in influence, with some of the world’s biggest and most prestigious car makers choosing Dubai to announce 108 global and regional car launches and concept cars, the highest ever recorded,” Helal Saeed Almarri, chief executive officer of Dubai World Trade Centre and director general of Dubai Tourism & Commerce Marketing, said at the new conference.

Regional premieres are expected from the world’s top industry leaders including Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Ford, GMC, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Maserati, McLaren, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Opel, Porsche and Toyota.

A glimpse into the future of automotive design is offered by the 15 concept cars being showcased by exhibitors, including Aston Martin, BMW, Devel 16, Ford, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Lexus, Lincoln, Nissan, Toyota, Volkswagen and Zenvo. Visitors to this year’s show can expect to see a significant number of first-time exhibitors in the region, from exclusive, limited edition super cars to practical city cars, as well as a wide range of on- and off-road two and three-wheeler bikes. New brands to the show include: Stingray RV UK, Chery, JAC, Opel, Rumble Cycle, Suzuki and Yamaha bikes.

The show also becomes the host for the first time of the Dubai Distinctive Number Plates Public Auction by the Dubai Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) and supported by Lexus, taking place on November 7 in the Al Multaqua Ballroom at Dubai World Trade Centre.


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