Mohammed Ben SulayemPresident, Automobile & Touring Club of the United Arab Emirates
The Emirates Classic Car Festival is one of the highlights of the Automobile and Touring Club of the United Arab Emirates calendar and in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Culture, Youth & Community Development and Emaar Properties, we put on a terrific show each year. The beautiful backdrop of the Burj Khalifa is an appropriate setting for such an event, and it’s always a great day out for all the family.
The Emirates Classic Car Festival is a great opportunity for UAE enthusiasts and International participants to share their passion for beautiful and historic vehicles. Many of the cars and motorcycles that took part in the past six editions were unique as we believe that it was important to give the public and the numerous International visitors the opportunity to see them first hand.
The ATCUAE is the UAE representative of FIVA (The Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens), the worldwide governing body for historic vehicles and in 2010 the ATCUAE was delighted by FIVA President Horst Bruning’s announcement of a FIVA Encouragement Award to be presented annually. This Award is only presented by FIVA at the most prestigious events worldwide and endorses FIVA’s support to an event that shows every year a higher level of preparation of the cars.
It is of no secret that I am passionate about both rally & classic cars and I look forward every year to displaying some of my collection. However, I will admit that each year that I attend, the festival presents a greater temptation to add a few more to my garage.
I personally thank all those involved in the organization and running of the Emirates Classic Car Festival, as such an event displays all the finest things about the UAE, and I have no doubt that the next edition of the festival will be bigger and better than ever. I trust that the success of previous events will encourage more collectors to come in the future and also participate in an enjoyable event.
Mohammed Ben Sulayem
Ahmad Al MatrooshiManaging Director, Emaar Properties
Welcome to the Emirates Classic Car Festival.
In just seven editions, the Emirates Classic Car Festival has underlined its premier position in the lifestyle event calendar of Dubai. The festival highlights the emergence of Downtown Dubai, described as ‘The Centre of Now,’ as the city’s trend-setting destination.
Over the years, the Emirates Classic Car Festival has showcased classic cars that are marked by unique aesthetics and superb functionality.
In fact, the festival helps chart the evolution of the global automobile industry, presenting marvelous vignettes from the past that have won over the hearts of automotive enthusiasts.
The competitions, open to all participants, have made the Emirates Classic Car Festival a must-attend event for classic car owners from across the region and beyond. In the 2011 edition, we introduced classic motorbikes that added to the excitement. The colourful parades and the festive ambience make the festival a true family fun event.
We thank the UAE Ministry of Culture, Youth & Community Development and the Automobile & Touring Club of the United Arab Emirates (ATCUAE) - the official representative of FIVA; the 'Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens' - the world-wide authority for historic vehicles, for their support to the event.
We look forward to your enthusiastic participation in the coming editions too.
Ahmad Al Matrooshi
Managing Director, Emaar Properties