The Emirates Classic Car Festival was initially staged at Dubai Festival City and is now annually held on Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, a spectacular boulevard that overlooks Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, in Downtown Dubai. Classic car enthusiasts from across the UAE and the wider region take part in the event. The festival brings together an amazing collection of classic cars that also open doors to the history of evolution of the global automobile industry.
Since its inception, the festival has been supported by the Ministry of Culture, Youth & Community Development and the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE). The festival also drew the support of the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA), Emaar Properties and various museums and classic car owners after it moved to Downtown Dubai, ‘The Centre of Now’.
The 8th edition of the Emirates Classic Car Festival was held in Downtown Dubai from March 24 to March 27, 2016. Bigger and better than ever, over 350 classic cars, motorbikes and trucks, some over 100 years old, took centre stage at Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard. Thousands of spectators visited the 4-day spectacular event which was also attended by Patrick Rollet, president of the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA). Rollet’s attendance of this year’s edition highlighted FIVA’s recognition and support of the Emirates Classic Car Festival as the Middle East’s premier showcase of classic cars.
Taking the festival to an upscale international standard, a new exciting award category was introduced this year: the ‘Concours d’Elegance’. This award recognized cars that have been given upholstery, paint, plating and mechanical restoration to a standard that far exceeds that of the car when it was in ‘mint’ condition (when it left the factory).
One of the most-awaited events in Dubai’s calendar, the expanded festival also included an exclusive photography exhibition titled “ECCF Through the Lens of Dave Saunders” and movie screenings on classic cars, as well as live restorations of a 1926 Ford Model T Coupe and 1974 Honda CB 550.
The seventh edition of the Emirates Classic Car Festival organised by Emaar Properties and the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE), in collaboration with the UAE Ministry of Culture, Youth, & Community Development, welcomed thousands of classic car lovers and a strong turnout of family visitors, who were treated to an unprecedented array of classic cars and motorbikes, some from as early as the 1920s, and yet in mint condition.
At the closing ceremony, Emaar honoured the winners of the festival, chosen on the basis of several criteria including the upkeep of the vehicles, value, originality, uniqueness, finishes, and visual aesthetics. The public also had the opportunity to select their favourite classic car of choice.
The 6th edition of the annual Emirates Classic Car Festival was held in Downtown Dubai from February 27 to March 3, 2014. The festival this year was considered the largest showcase to date, and drew significant participation compared to 2013.
Organised by Emaar Properties, the festival was held as every year in collaboration with the UAE Ministry of Culture, Youth, & Community Development and ATCUAE.
As one of the most-awaited events in Dubai’s calendar, the Emirates Classic Car Festival featured a line-up of around 250 classic cars and motorbikes. The cars on display ranged from 1928 to 1984, from Corvette Sting Rays to Bentleys and Rolls Royce. Some were flown in from the GCC, as well as the wider Middle East, Europe, and the US.
A highlight of the festival was a Pre-World War II Mercedes, with a super-charged engine, from 1923; and the first car ever made under the Mercedes Patent Wagon, 1982.
The 5th Edition of the Emirates Classic Car Festival was held from 7 to 9 March, 2013, at Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard and was extended for the first time ever for 2 additional days due to the high public demand.
Over 200 Classic Cars and 10 motorcycles were showcased during the show. Furthermore, no fewer than 16 awards were delivered including the vote of the public. Some of the highlights of this edition include Bentleys from the 1920s, which participated in the Blue Train Race between London and Nice, and a 1980 Delorean DMC-12, famous for its cult role in the Hollywood movie ‘Back to the Future’.
The 4th edition of the ‘Emirates Classic Car Festival’ was held from December 1 to 3, 2011, at Downtown Dubai. The festival also complemented the UAE National Day celebrations.
Consolidating its position as one of the popular lifestyle gatherings in the UAE, the venue sported a fair-like ambience featuring food & beverage stalls. The colourful parades, a must-see attraction of the festival, drew in record crowds.
The festival also featured – for the first time – classic motorbikes. Again this year, ardent classic car collectors including the Al Attar Family, Al Serkal family, Baker Family, as well as Al Fahim Family and Mr. Tariq Al Qamzi showcased their collections.
The rich heritage and colourful legacy of classic cars was once again on display, this time, under the name ‘Downtown Dubai Classic Car Show.’ The event was held from February 18 to 21 and coincided with the Dubai Shopping Festival 2010.
Taking visitors through the history and evolution of modern-day cars, and highlighting awe-inspiring car creations that blend functionality with elegance, the event was held on Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard.
The car show, once again, organized by Emaar with the support of the ATCUAE, featured several showpiece vehicles from the past.
In addition to the private collection of Mr Mohammed Bin Sulayem, Sharjah Museum and other private collectors displayed their cars. Car collectors from the GCC region and abroad also took part for the first time.
The participants took the cars on rides through Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard and Downtown Dubai at the colourful parades held every day. Competitions for the ‘best car’ in eight categories were held, including a ‘People’s Choice Award’.
Further building on the excitement generated earlier in the year, a second similar event was held to mark the UAE National Day celebrations. Held from December 2 to 4, 2010, it featured a spectacular line-up of classic cars from passionate collectors.
Hundreds of classic cars from different eras and of varying models lined up at specially erected pavilions on Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard. Several private collectors showcased their exclusive collections – some on public display for the first time ever.
Competitions were held for the ‘best car’ in 14 categories.
Held on February 27 and 28, 2009, at the brand new venue in Downtown Dubai, the Emirates Classic Car Festival was billed as one of the most competitive events of its kind in the region.
Classic and elegant, evolutionary and functional, the participating vehicles were displayed with a detailed description of their characteristics. A number of classic cars were also displayed at the Grand Atrium of The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination in the world.
A jury of experienced classic car experts scored each car on the basis of parameters including car originality, engine cleanliness, original car colour, historical car value, finishing and aesthetics in two categories, while the public also had the opportunity to judge the cars and decide their favourite vehicles through a ‘People’s Choice Award’.
Referred to as the ‘Burj Dubai Classic Car Show’ in its past edition, the event displayed classic vehicles from the private collection of the rally legend Mr Mohammed Bin Sulayem, Vice President of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) for Sport and ATCUAE President.
Among the participants were the El Serkal Family, Baker Family and Al Atar family, who are passionate car collectors, and Sharjah Museum as well as individual and private collectors.
One of the rare vehicles displayed at the show was the 1952 Jaguar XK120, the first British Post World War II car to achieve 120 miles per hour. It was considered as the ‘supercar of its day’ which has since then competed in world classic car rallies such as ‘Milano San Remo Cup,’ ‘The Jewel That is Jordan,’ ‘London to Brighton,’ and ‘Liege Rome Liege.’