Posts Tagged ‘Mohammed Ben Sulayem’

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Annual Burj Classic Car Show Dubai 2010

February 18, 2010

The Rolling Art Emporium and its latest asset  in the form of Mathias Doutreleau in the flesh will be covering the second annual Burj Classic Car Event taking place at the Downtown Burj Boulevard.

It starts today with the parade and display section from 4:30 pm onwards and is open to the public for the next 4 days where it will conclude with an award ceremony for various categories on Saturday the 20th of February at 6:45 pm

Apart from catching us on twitter (just look for RollingArtDubai), you can find us on location, at the event covering every angle possible there is to bring you.

We look forward to seeing you there, with your classic car of course…

The Official Press Release follows:

Dubai Classic Car Launch Parade 2009

Second Downtown Dubai Classic Car Show to feature dazzling displays, colourful parades and competitions

  • Four-day event reiterates appeal of Downtown Dubai as city’s most vibrant lifestyle destination
  • Several classic car collectors bring show-piece vehicles
  • Competitions for participants including public poll

Dubai, UAE; February 15, 2010: The rich heritage and colourful legacy of classic cars is once again on display in Downtown Dubai. The second Downtown Dubai Classic Car Show will be celebrated over four days this year following overwhelming participation from the public and classic car enthusiasts last year.

The second edition of the much-awaited event will be held from February 18 to 21, lending further colours and excitement to the city, already bustling with the Dubai Shopping Festival 2010.

The event also underscores Downtown Dubai, the 500-acre development by Emaar Properties, as the most vibrant lifestyle destination in the city, attracting thousands of visitors and residents to a wide array of activities.

Mr Ahmad Al Matrooshi, Managing Director – UAE, Emaar Properties, said: “Downtown Dubai Classic Car Show, this year, has a richer offering including more parades and competitions that will appeal to visitors and automobile lovers. This follows the overwhelming response from the public and classic car collectors last year.”

He added: “The car show also highlights the lifestyle appeal of Downtown Dubai, which is now in global spotlight following the opening of Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall. Emaar is committed to offering unique lifestyle experiences to our residents and visitors, and Downtown Dubai Classic Car Show is a fine example of creating events that add to the tourist appeal of Dubai.”

Taking visitors through the history of how modern-day cars evolved, and highlighting awe-inspiring car creations that blend functionality with elegance, the car show will be held on Emaar Boulevard. Running through Downtown Dubai and overlooking Burj Khalifa, Emaar Boulevard, with its mix of art and lifestyle events, is fast evolving as one of the world’s finest boulevards.

Organized by Emaar with the support of the Automobile & Touring Club of the United Arab Emirates (ATCUAE) – a member of the ‘Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens’ (FIVA), the world-wide authority for historic vehicles, the Downtown Dubai Classic Car Show will feature several showpiece vehicles from the past.

Several private collectors including rally legend Mr Mohammed Ben Sulayem, Vice President of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile FIA and President of ATCUAE; Sharjah Museum and others will display their cars. Car collectors from the GCC region and abroad have also confirmed their attendance.

The participants will take the cars on rides through Emaar Boulevard and the Downtown Dubai community at the colourful parades held every day. A detailed description of the cars’ characteristics and ownership lineage will be displayed to inform and educate visitors.

The participants can also enter competitions for the ‘best car’ in eight categories including a Public Choice Award to be voted by the public. Eminent classic car experts will score the cars on the basis of car originality, engine cleanliness, original car colour, historical car value, finishing and aesthetics.

The top prize is the Downtown Dubai Classic Car Show Award. Awards will also be given for the Best of Show in the Public Exhibition and the Classic Car Parade. The judges will also pick winning cars in Pre World War II, Post World War II, European Car and American Car categories.

The event will open with an attractive parade and inaugural ceremony on Feb. 18 at 4.30pm, and will continue through midnight with a classic car parade at 8pm. On Feb. 19 and 20, the car show will be open from 4pm to midnight and on Feb. 21, it will from 10am to 4pm. The award ceremony will be held on Feb. 20 at 6.45pm

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Sharjah Classic Car Museum to the rescue on RTA’s new law? ATC to form new body or laws?

August 6, 2008

The Rolling Art Emporium would no doubt have serious concerns about the new law that the RTA has passed regarding cars over 20 years old. Our sole speciality concerns the finest classic and vintage cars in the World.

However, amidst the mass hysteria and panic for those who own and trade in classic cars – or even cars that are over 20 years old should stop holding their breath and foaming at the mouth.

The Sharjah Classic Car Museum is also home to the Sharjah Classic Car Club. Why should this interest you or classic car owners? All shall be revealed:

The Sharjah Government has lobbied long and hard to the Federal Council to initiate what it has recognized as a rapidly growing community of classic car owners and thus under law – allowed to issue Federal plates for classic cars.

A membership form filed along with the fee to join the club and other costs involved in procuring the plate insure your car is protected.

On a private visit to the Museum, the curator was keen to mention that they would help owners register their cars even they currently were registered in Dubai. They even have services to look after your vehicle, and send it off for its testing to secure its registration, so you have nothing to worry about.

One should mention, of the first 5 members of the club – MBS himself is a member and the honorary star guest who was given a personal tour when it was first opened.

But wait – there is a catch.

Firstly the club needs the car to be physically present before it can be protected via registration and given a plate.

They will not provide such services for cars they do not deem to be classic, vintage or historic (despite the fact that the Museum is home to replicas and other such cars it does not register).

Such details include cars that are ‘younger’ than 1970 or more would not fall into the category.

All registering cars will also have to be part of the club, which means the joining fee and the renewal fee every year. A small cost in my mind for those who can already enjoy such a small (or extreme) luxury.

For those of you concerned about the Sharjah element and making their way to the Museum, have no fear. It is located conveniently off the Emirates Road and the Curator and Director are very friendly and willing people. We have personally had tours one on one there and can say the initiative is present with some way to go before they reach the correct calibre of presentation and content.

Recently their web contacts list has been taken off the list of Sharjah Museums, however – I have a contact number and fax number for you to reach them on:

Phone  065 58 00 58

Fax      065 58 08 07

How about Dubai then? What will they do you ask.

Well, from extremely reliable sources, we know for a fact that the ATC UAE is working its way towards establishing a body modelled closely on the guidelines of the Federation of International Classic Vehicles (of which it became a member not long ago).

I have yet to contact them and establish exactly what their laws are regarding “Classic” vehicles and how to go about protecting them. Once I know more – so will you.

Dubai is a place I have lived in all my life. If its known for one thing – its being realistic. Fine, the RTA has passed a drastic law – the intentions of which have not been clearly outlined. At some point before 2009 in the coming months, they will sharply review the law with exceptions – which I suspect will protect classic cars.

I am vary as to what the definition of a classic car is, but I imagine it will be something along the lines of the Sharjah Car Club mark of 1970 and older.

I know first hand that there are over 5000 classic cars in Dubai alone which are registered. Some personal collections even span into an excess of 175 cars amongst prominent but very low key people.

I suspect that ExoClass Club UAE will be meeting at some point once all its members and committee chairs have returned from their summer vacations to discuss this further.

Rumor has it that a recent article in Gulf News claimed that all classic cars would be protected from this law. How? What defines a classic car – the gent who sent in the email did not say, but once we find out more – we will post it up here for all to see.

We welcome all your suggestions and concerns and if a petition need be started – your signatures. Send them all in to info@rollingartemporium.com