Emirates Classic Car Festival was initially staged at Dubai Festival City and is now annually held on Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, a spectacular boulevard that overlooks Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, in Downtown Dubai. Classic Car enthusiasts from across the UAE and the wider region take part in the event. The festival brings together an amazing collection of classic cars that also open doors to the history of evolution of the global automobile industry.
Since its inception, the Emirates Classic Car Festival has been supported by the Ministry of Culture, Youth & Community Development and the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE)
Since moving to a more central and larger venue in Downtown Dubai, described as ‘The Centre of Now,’ the festival continues to draw the support of the Ministry of Culture, Youth & Community Development; Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE); FIVA; Emaar Properties and various museums and classic car owners.
Held on February 27 and 28, 2009, at the brand new venue in Downtown Dubai, the
Emirates Classic Car Festival was billed as one of the most competitive events of
its kind in the region.
Classic and elegant, evolutionary and functional, the participating vehicles were
displayed with a detailed description of their characteristics. A number of classic
cars were also displayed at the Grand Atrium of The Dubai Mall.
A jury of experienced classic car experts scored each car on the basis of parameters
including car originality, engine cleanliness, original car colour, historical car
value, finishing and aesthetics in both categories, while the public also had the
opportunity to judge the cars and decide their favourite vehicles through a ‘Popular
Referred to as the Burj Dubai Classic Car Show in its past edition, the event displayed
classic vehicles from the private collection of the rally legend Mr Mohammed Bin
Sulayem, Vice President of Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) for Sport
and President of ATCUAE
Other participants have included the El Serkal Family, Baker Family and Al Atar
family, who are passionate car collectors, and Sharjah Museum as well as individual
and private collectors.
One of the rare vehicles to be displayed at the show was the 1952 Jaguar XK120,
the first British Post World War II car to achieve 120 miles per hour. It was considered
as the ‘supercar of its day’ which has since then competed in world classic car
rallies such as ‘Milano San Remo Cup,’ ‘The Jewel That is Jordan,’ ‘London to Brighton,’
and ‘Liege Rome Liege.’
The rich heritage and colourful legacy of classic cars was once again on display at the next edition of the Classic Car Show, this time, under the name ‘Downtown Dubai Classic Car Show.’ Held from February 18 to 21, the festival provided further colours and excitement to the city, already bustling with the Dubai Shopping Festival 2010.
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 was held on Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard.
The event, once again, organized by Emaar with the support of the Automobile & Touring Club of the United Arab Emirates (ATCUAE), the Downtown Dubai Classic Car Show featured 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 displayed their cars. Car collectors from the GCC region and abroad also took part.
The participants took the cars on rides through Emaar Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard and the Downtown Dubai community at the colourful parades held every day. A detailed description of the cars’ characteristics and ownership lineage was displayed to inform and educate visitors. Competitions for the ‘best car’ in eight categories were held, including a Public Choice Award voted by the public. Eminent classic car experts scored the cars on the basis of car originality, engine cleanliness, original car colour, historical car value, finishing and aesthetics.
Further building on the excitement generated at the February edition of the festival, a second event was held to mark the UAE National Day celebrations. Held from December 2 to 4, 2010, the event featured a spectacular line-up of classic cars from passionate collectors, and was organised by Emaar in collaboration with the Automobile & Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE) and with the support of Ministry of Culture, Youth & Community Development.
Hundreds of classic cars from different eras and of varying models lined up at specially erected pavilions on Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard.
Colourful parades of the classic cars as well as keenly contested competitions for a range of prizes added to the excitement. Several private collectors showcased their exclusive collections – some on public display for the first time ever.
Competitions were held for the ‘best car’ in 14 categories including a Public Choice Award voted by the public.
The event was a resounding success with several thousand visitors attending the festival.
A featured event the Dubai calendar, the fourth edition of
the Emirates Classic Car Festival was held from Dec. 1 to 3, 2011, at Downtown Dubai.
The festival also complemented the UAE National Day celebrations.
Consolidating its position as one of the popular lifestyle gatherings in the UAE,
the venue sported a fair-like ambience featuring food & beverage stalls. The colourful
parades, a must-see attraction of the Emirates Classic Car Festival, drew in record
In 2011, the festival also featured – for the first time – classic motorbikes. Ardent
classic car collectors including the Al Attar Family, Al Serkal family, Al Fahim
Family, Baker Family and Mr. Tariq Al Qamzi showcased their collections. Competitions
were held in 14 categories including a public poll.