Ausgefallene Autos

The most exceptional cars of Dubai

Wednesday, 26. October 2016 | Dominik Plüss

Dubai is known for its great passion for luxury cars. In the ES Magazine, we present various aspects of this fascination.

The sports car fleet of the Dubai Police Force

On their website, the police force of the city promotes itself as a large, well-trained modern unit. Newest technologies and methods are exercised by the Dubai Police Force and the quality of their services are very high. Their police fleet meets these standards as well: besides common cars of the brands Chevrolet, Toyota, Mazda and Nissan, some of the most exclusive luxury cars of the world belong to this fleet as well.

Pictures 1, 2 and 3 by Abdullah AlBargan / CC-BY-ND

Thus, the typical white-green finish can be found on a Lamborghini Aventador, a Ferrari FF, a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, a Bentley Continental GT Sport, a limited Aston Martin One-77, a Brabus G63 AMG, a Bugatti Veyron and even a W Motors Lykan Hypersport. What is unimaginable for other cities is an everyday view in Dubai.

W Motors: super cars from Dubai

The manufacturer W Motors proves that Emirati don’t only love fast cars, but that they can produce them themselves, too. Founded in 2012 in Beirut, the young business was pulled to the fast-growing luxury oriented Dubai. In 2014, the first super car of the United Arab Emirates entered the market: the Lykan Hypersport. Only 7 units of the 780 HP monster were produced. In 2,8 seconds, it accelerates from 0-100 km/h and can reach a top-speed of close to 400 km/h.

W Motors Lykan Hypersport

But with the Fenyr Supersport, that already can be driven on the streets as a prototype, W Motors puts an even more impressive big brother into the world. Named after the most aggressive and vicious wolf of mythology, the Fenyr Supersport doesn’t only impress with a performance of 900 HP but also with a very sharp-edged design that even outshines Lamborghini.

W Motors Fenyr Supersport
W Motors Fenyr Supersport

The mystery of the abandoned sports cars

The flip side of expensive cars can’t be overlooked in Dubai, though. When driving through the city or especially at the airport, it is not unusual to see many sports cars that are covered in a thick layer of dust and dirt. Some of these are already standing on the same spot for years without their owners caring about getting the cars back at all.

But this has a serious reason. According to the shari’ah which determines the jurisdiction in Dubai, no-payment of debts is a criminal offence. Bankruptcy laws don’t exist in the United Arab Emirates. Therefore, people who fail to meet their car repayments, don’t pay off their credit cards or don’t pay off other debts are under no protection at all. There is a very strict interpretation of the law in the Emirates. If a defaulter can’t pay his debts, he faces imprisonment for several years, expats will be prevented from leaving the country or searched through Interpol. And this is the reason why Dubai offers the sad impressions of dusty sports cars that would be perfectly fit to drive.

Emirates National Auto Museum

The United Arab Emirates are renowned for their car loving people. This is not only evident on the streets of metropolises like Dubai or Abu Dhabi but also in the Emirates National Auto Museum. The owner is Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, a member of the royal family in Abu Dhabi. The retired car enthusiast possesses a large collection of cars that is partially exhibited in the museum. For example, he owns seven Mercedes S Class cars painted in the colors of the rainbow. For this reason, he sometimes is called «Rainbow Sheik» now. Additionally, the Museum is placed in a huge pyramid specifically built for the museum. An enormous spectacle awaits!

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