comorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4861 posts, RR: 16 Posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 6698 times:
I am likely to be moving to Dubai for a few years and will need a car to tool around the place. This will be part of my package so I don't want to appear too greedy or wannabee. What's a cool set of wheels to own that I can pull up to a fancy place?
planewasted From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 473 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 6668 times:
A big and safe Volvo. The traffic there is extremely dangerous. I heard road accidents are the most common cause of death in UAE (except for natural death).
I've been driving there quite a lot, it's crazy.
comorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4861 posts, RR: 16 Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6583 times:
Thank you, thank you!
Quoting sw733 (Reply 3): Last time I was there I saw a guy (expat) driving around Deira in a bright yellow Corvette. I felt like I should buy knee-pads for the women looking on, based on their stares of "ohhhh" and "ahhhh"
Alas, my knees creak when I have to get in a low slung car! So no sports cars...
comorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4861 posts, RR: 16 Reply 11, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6570 times:
Quoting andrej (Reply 10): f you really want some 4x4 off-road look into Mitsubishi Montero (Pajero).
Thanks Andrej! A friend of mine has one, and I think the inclinometer on it is really cool! Sadly, I think my dune bugging days are over, unless I meet a beautiful young thing in burka there...
Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 1): That right there narrows it down to European cars.
Sir, what about Cadillac, is it Approve?
Quoting 474218 (Reply 6): Bentley Continental GT's get parked in front, not BMW's of Jag's.
I am OK with that, since The Big Guy (silent partner) has a RR and a jet. I just don't want to be turned away or directed to staff parking
In fact I've been thinking that I can either maintain a high profile, or just lead a nice low profile life in Dubai. As a business owner, I've had to play a role for the last 25 years to staff and cutomers, so this might be a good opportunity to just vanish and be ninja Me.
directorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1626 posts, RR: 11 Reply 12, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 6523 times:
I recommend you splurge.
Cars in Dubai are somewhat cheap(er) than in most countries, plus roads there are awesome as is parking etc. so little chances of your car getting scratched/maimed (getting into an accident is another matter...). Car companies have great long-term installment options in the UAE.
Regarding the 'insane' driving....I think it's more to do with the 'driving culture' than anything. There are plenty of driving schools in Dubai, you can sign up for a few introductory classes if you want to feel more comfortable.
KHI747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1613 posts, RR: 1 Reply 21, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 6457 times:
While i havent been to Monte Carlo,but i dont think there is another place on this planet that tops DXB in terms of the quality of cars that you see there. Outside of Supercars,the only cars that get noticed in Dubai are brand new models that are very very recently launched and therefore quite rare- say like that new Range Rover Evoque for example.
I'll give you a real life example from DXB (from 2005). I was visiting a friend there who had recently moved from London and he shipped his fairly new Lamborghini Murcielago (left hand drive) to DXB as well.Naturally i was super excited to be driving around in my buddy's Lambo and i was expecting it would get a serious amount of attention - i was wrong!
I mean people looked but no one seemed amazed . The icing on the cake was when we drove to Al Qasr - Medinat al Jumeirah hotel to have lunch. As we prepared pull up the car slowly towards the valet and then open those insanely cool Lamborghini doors,i was like pretty confident that this is easily the hottest car here and everyone has got to be looking at it! The glory was short lived - 5 seconds later out of no where another Murcielago pulls up but this guy had a Roadster with the roof off and the sun blazing down on the gorgeous red leather interior! I told my friend, bro you gotta do better then this in Dubai - a 1 year old Murcielago hardtop simply doesnt cut it here!
When he had the same car in London,people would stop and take pictures of it.
Moral of the story Comorin,just get a used Mercedes or BMW...maybe even a Range Rover.Depreciation is very high there.
And with your permission i'd like to dedicate my reply in loving memory of the same friend - Tragically hes no longer with us anymore - May God bless his soul.
474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9 Reply 24, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 6429 times:
Quoting KHI747 (Reply 21): While i havent been to Monte Carlo,but i dont think there is another place on this planet that tops DXB in terms of the quality of cars that you see there. Outside of Supercars,the only cars that get noticed in Dubai are brand new models that are very very recently launched and therefore quite rare- say like that new Range Rover Evoque for example.
So true! About ten (10) years ago sitting in front of the Abu Dubai Sheraton were two Bentley's a Lamborghini and a Smart car?
25 L410Turbolet: All of them being completely useless given their non-existent off-road capabilities. Remember, he said he does not want a "poseur car".
26 BMI727: Likely no worse than a Range Rover. Furthermore, they can't climb rocks, but for blasting through the desert at ridiculous speeds they should do alri
27 comorin: From the thread so far, I would need a sturdy car, not too flashy, good for local weather conditions. I would also not like to outdo my potential cus
28 Fly2HMO: Some would say so. It's still a great car though. But I find an A5 would be much more ad-hoc to the Dubai scene. Meh. Pretty bland IMO. Unless you go
29 comorin: Accepted. I get easily brainwashed by commercials. I would end up looking like a Viagra ad. I just stepped out an hour ago for some air (man, its hot
30 SCCutler: Chevy Caprice (Holden). Strong, exceptionally well-engineered, durable, not too flashy. http://www.alghandi.com/Image/Chevy/Caprice_2010_A.pdf
31 Fly2HMO: Now if we were talking a Buick or Oldsmobile I could see that, but a Porsche? Not seeing the connection. These can be found for surprisingly cheap: T
32 comorin: I got a lot of boos and hisses for my last two-seater car : "Midlife crisis!" they cried. Anyway, as mentioned earlier, I am looking for a quieter ca
33 L410Turbolet: The A5 has been facelifted for the 2012 season and official pictures revealed only a few weeks ago so if you don't insist on having the latest thing
34 Fly2HMO: Well what was it then? If it's along the lines of what I'm thinking, then you were asking for it.... How 'bout a jag? The new jags are getting rave r
35 tugger: The Durango is pretty nice on the inside too (though I'm not a fan of the brushed aluminum on the steering wheel) I actually think that if you want s
36 DocLightning: Whatever you get, I *strongly* recommend that it be white or silver.
37 comorin: Prescient - that was going to be my next question! Appreciate your input, given your feelings about the UAE A red SL500 (cliche) and I drove it cross
38 Fly2HMO: Or just tint the crap out of the darned thing. I survived years of driving black cars in 120F temps in the shade just fine. Oh, that's actually much
39 directorguy: Public transportation is constantly being improved and upgraded. You may know that the Dubai Metro recently opened, and the new Green Line will open
40 comorin: Some of the cars we're talking about look really elegant in black so it's good to know that I am not restricted to white. I always check with Him bef
41 comorin: Very good points - I had forgotten how hot it can get on foot! I am assuming the following use case for the car: 8 am drive to work (cool mornings in
42 L410Turbolet: Some cars have this cool (no pun intended) feature: a ventilation system which runs in limited mode powered from solar panes fitted in the sunroof ev
43 comorin: Well said. I think black cars only work when you have a driver constantly fussing over it! To a lesser degree, even white cars need to be looked afte
44 L410Turbolet: As always with any car-related thread the answer will most likely differ based on from which side of the Atlantic it will come. I would say that toda
45 comorin: Thanks again. I am wondering if you can mate a 4-cyl to an automatic tranny and still have smooth shifting. Some of the compact rental cars here are
46 MadameConcorde: Need a sturdy car? How about buying a Hummer? http://www.hummerarabia.com/content_...ta/LAAM/ME/en/GBPME/018/index.html Got to be some used Hummers i
47 L410Turbolet: I have a limited, about 10,000 km worth experience with a VW-manufactured 7-speed DSGs in combination with 1.8 TSI (Skoda Octavia, company pool car)
48 BMI727: Yeah, that's a Viagra car. He'd probably drive an original Land Cruiser or a Benz 450SEL 6.9. Excellent, as long as it's an H1. Turns out they are gr
49 comorin: pas chic. Alas, Madame, I grew up watching Marcello Mastroianni and love my Italian suits. He would not approve of me in a Hummer! I am a little guy
50 directorguy: Sounds like the typical day in the life of your average white-collar Gulf expat-and honestly, a car is the way to go. The metro is fine if you're goi
51 comorin: Excellent tips, thank you! You've also answered a lot of questions for me. It's also unnerving to pack up and leave after living so long in one place
52 srqmuc: +1 for the Audi A5! I also really like the current Jaguar lineup (except for the XJs rear). And how about the new BMW 6 Series? I guess this would be
53 comorin: Beautiful cars! I think the A8, BMW 6 series et al will be a bit above what I need initially. Size-wise, something like an E Class MB or an A5. Thank
54 Speedbird741: Good car! Both have a long way to go before they can be considered ahead of the Mercedes S. Not my favourite Mercedes, but I have only met happy owne
55 Springbok747: If you want a cool looking car..and one that can do some dune-bashing...get this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsDEWDVzbzk Agreed. It is a gorgeous
56 comorin: Hey guys, isn't there an MB that is a coupe somewhere between a E and C class (CLK?). Also, isn't the S class due for a redesign? Cheers.
57 Speedbird741: There was the CLK, but now you have the C coupe and the E coupe. The image I posted above is precisely of a 2011 S class facelift. The new generation
58 DocLightning: Nothing to do with the UAE and everything to do with physics and the way different colors behave in the heat.
59 Springbok747: It had a minor face-lift for 2011..the new S is due in late 2013..there seems to be very little info about it at the moment. http://www.motorauthorit
60 comorin: What an enjoyable thread - didn't realize how much a.netters are also car.nutters! Thank you guys and gals for all your great suggestions and I have l
61 Fly2HMO: Can't think of a worse vehicle to buy. And THAT has Viagra along with small man-sausage written all over it. With that list I can only think of Europ
62 comorin: Sigh, I've always wanted to own an American car, like this guy: [Edited 2011-07-22 19:35:41]
63 BMI727: One thing I would point out is that, if I'm not mistaken, the Emirates have cheap gas prices and no idiotic CAFE laws or gas guzzler taxes, so you mig
64 Mir: Why settle for a Volvo-derived safety system when you could have a Volvo safety system? The S60 R. -Mir
65 BMI727: Because that requires driving a Volvo. If you get to buy a European sports sedan getting a Volvo is something less than full exploitation.
66 scbriml: Having lived and worked there, only one choice for me - Toyota Landcruiser. By far the most popular 4x4 while I was there.
67 comorin: Could you kindly tell me why - thank you. Mir, what do you like most about the Volvo as an owner?
68 Speedbird741: I don't intend to nitpick, but one can hardly call it minor apart from exterior modifications. With respect to its exterior appearance, the most nota
69 comorin: The Gelandewagen and S class are something I may consider if I were staying longer, but right now way outside the budget...thanks for your update on
70 kasimir: Don't expect to get too much attention with a car, they have seen everything there... I would go with some common sense and buy a 1-2 year old used ca
71 Mir: Best seats ever made (they're tailor made for long drives), good design work, and it just feels solid. Plus, it's not what everyone else is driving.
72 comorin: Good to know! Thanks. The Volvo evokes reindeers, ski racks and Lapland, so not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Dubai
73 srqmuc: jaja, I know the S class is king of its class but I am simply in love with the F01! Agree! The C class is a really terrific car. I'd take the C class
74 BrouAviation: Yeah, and they wait till they are in front of the traffic lights at a U-turn, to make hand-brake turns for fun. Amazing sight. In the US of A, may be
75 BMI727: So you can participate in armed rebellions on the weekends. I wouldn't encourage the production of the X6. There is nothing wrong with the X5 and the
76 DocLightning: I have a white car and it takes a fair amount of dirt to make it look dirty. Black cars lose their gloss a lot faster.
77 Speedbird741: The desert is another story. Even so, a light coloured car is the best choice given the heat. Speedbird741