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Inaugural Street Meet shifts into gear ahead of the Dubai International Motor Show

Overwhelming response with over 200 cars and hundreds more enthusiasts gathered at the Dubai World Trade Centre

 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: With just weeks remaining until the doors of the 13th Dubai International Motor Show (DIMS) open, organisers started the party early with a first-time Street Meet held at the Dubai World Trade Centre yesterday.

 

Over 100,000 visitors from across the globe are expected at next month’s show, and local car enthusiasts had the unique opportunity to come together ahead of the bi-annual event returning from November 10-14.

 

Enthusiasts of collectible vehicles whether they be tuned, modified or just rare, gathered at the Dubai World Trade Centre to show off their pride and joy and mix with hundreds of like-minded fans for what was the re-emergence of the UAE’s classic and modified car scene after the summer period.

 

With limited space capped at 200 vehicles, the event was filled to capacity and included everything from a classic Ferrari Testarossa to the brand new 707bhp Dodge Hellcat along with Harley Davison motorcycles, the BMW Owners Club, Porsches, Lamborghinis, custom built Pick-up trucks, SUVs and even a couple of highly modified Japanese imports on display.

 

DIMS has grown to become the largest automotive event in the Middle East and North Africa, and the Street Meet offered a new platform for local car enthusiasts to share their stories and passion for cars in a vibrant setting.

 

“These are always great fun and a chance to see cars that I might not normally see in everyday life.  I’ve been to a few car meets and they are also very social. It’s great to feel the passion and share ideas with the other car owners. They are also very creative and an ideal opportunity to swap ideas and see what can be used on my own car,” says Hamad Alhammadi (owner of Porche 911 Turbo S)

 

Muhammed Usman, (owner of a Covette C7) added: “The best thing about coming to these car meets is speaking with other car enthusiasts and sharing car stories. Most people here have spent a lot of love and hours to tune their vehicle to meet their needs These are my kind of people and has only whetted my appetite for the Dubai International Motor Show.”

 

The event was the perfect curtain raiser to the Dubai International Motor Show that will not only focus on the latest and newest products from around the world but will include a wide variety of auto-themed family attractions such as the new Motoring Nostalgia Museum for classics from the 1950s to the 80s as well as a focus on tuned and modified vehicles.

 

Held every two years, the Dubai International Motor Show is the main highlight of the Dubai Motor Festival, which is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai. The Dubai Motor Festival is organised by Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), and builds on the widespread passion of all motor related sports across the region.

 

The 2015 Dubai International Motor Show is supported by Show partners ACDelco, Alienware, Autopro, Cooper Tires, ENOC and Swiss Tourism. The show will be open from 6pm to 10pm on November 10; 11am to 10pm on November 11; 11am to 11pm on November 12 and 13; and from 11am to 10pm on November 14.

 

Prices are AED 65 for single-day entry, with children under 12 entering free and includes entry to the Motoring Nostalgia Museum. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information visit the show’s website at: www.dubaimotorshow.com