DUBAI -- Five days of motoring madness has wound to a close following the final day of the Dubai International Motor Show held at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
With 85,000 square metres of floor space, the 13th running of the show is the largest held to date and was officially opened by H.H Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai on Tuesday.
General Motors chose Dubai for its most significant global product debut when it revealed the XT5 Crossover SUV to the world. It was the first time a newCadillac had its global launch outside of the United States.
Ford played its trump card when it unveiled the stunning GT supercar that heralds the return of the marque to the LeMans 24-Hour race next year after a break of more than 40 years with the help of Youtube and Gymkhana sensation, Ken Block.
While the car technically remains a concept with no price announced, it didn’t stop 30 people from wanting to place an order including one gent who offered a AED1million cash deposit to secure the first car.
The President of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE, Dr. Mohammed ben Sulayem said the show was becoming a bigger player on the international stage as he toured the stands on Friday night.
"It’s been a great show and I congratulate the organisers," Dr. Ben Sulayem said. "I have to thank them for putting on such a great show. I remember when the Dubai Show was near the former Metropolitan hotel and to see it now at such an international standard makes me very proud."
The James Bond star cars from the latest 007 movie, SPECTRE, were together for the first time with Jaguar showing its C-X75 villain car and Land Rover displaying its Range Rover Sport SVR that came straight from the set while across the aisle, Aston Martin had Bond’s very own DB10 Sports Coup? used in the movie.
Aston Martin also showed off its AED11 million Vulcan track car that will now be modified for the road based on the interest it has received from Middle Eastern visitors at the show.
"There will only ever be 24 Vulcans worldwide but from that, now will be a small number of road versions because that’s where we have had the most interest during the show," said David McDowall, Aston Martin Dubai’s General Manager.
"All the enquiries have come out of the Motor Show and we have four very interested clients from the UAE but there has also been interest from other GCCNationals as well," McDowall added.
Bentley’s AED955,000 Bentayga SUV was one of the show’s highlights and while orders have been taken from as far back as 2012 when the concept was first shown, filling the first year’s allocation, demand on the stand was still strong despite a delivery now that stretches into 2017.
A strong emphasis on family entertainment included a AED300 million display of rare and classic cars from the 1950s to the ‘80s assembled for the first time under one roof with the inaugural Motoring Nostalgia Museum.
Giving it a village atmosphere, a live band performed on stage with music from across all the eras of motoring represented, while visitors enjoyed street food from the several roadside diners parked up along the outer edges.
"This year’s Dubai International Motor Show has exceeded all our expectations with exceptional footfall traffic through the Motoring Nostalgia Museum every day as well as on the new car stands," said Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Exhibitions & Events Management, Dubai World Trade Centre.
Motorcyclists were well represented with the Bikers Lounge that not only offered a place to store helmets and riding gear but also featured live airbrush paintings of custom bikes and helmets and a Mission Impossible photo opportunity with a classic motorcycle for the kids.
The final day also played host to the Dubai Distinctive Number Plates Public Auction by the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) in the Al Multaqua Ballroom for 110 unique number plates with distinctive numbers.