If this was a different life, and I worked as an emergency responder, here is the kind of report that would easily send me dashing out the door: A tiny, adorable kitten, stuck on the highway. The kitten can’t escape because of traffic congestion. That exact situation played out in Abu Dhabi this week.
This week Ram announced it will more than double its lineup of half-ton trucks in the Middle Eastern market while adding a completely new one: the Ram 1200. It’s a rebadged Mitsubishi L200/Triton Ram’s calling “a metric ton” pickup truck. Mitsubishi and (Fiat) Chrysler are at it again!
Low-number license plates are a major status symbol in the UAE. Wise to this, the state auctions them off and the third-largest emirate Sharjah just sold “1” for 18 times its reserve price.
The Dubai Police have reportedly knocked down their local hooligans a peg, seizing 81 vehicles allegedly involved in street racing. And we’re not talking about clapped-out Civics; cops say some cars were clearing 180 MPH on public roads.
The Nissan Patrol is basically an old-school off-road capable SUV popular in the Middle East, Australia and other markets that aren’t ours. Many of these trucks are modified to go dirt driving and dune bashing. This one is built for speed.
What Americans might vaguely recognize as an Infiniti QX80 is sold in the U.A.E. as the Nissan Patrol, and it’s one of the most popular SUVs in the region. So to pimp their Nismo performance brand in Dubai, Nissan decided to pass on another sports car and slap some splitters on this behemoth.
Jebel Jais was supposed to lead to the boom of the new, growing, oil-rich and tourist-friendly United Arab Emirates. Instead the road became a perfectly paved 22-mile symbol of the global recession, a dream for fast drivers, and a safe haven from a brutal surveillance state — all to the tune of just $80 million.
We already knew the Dubai Police were incapable of half-measures, so I guess it’s no surprise their new utility vehicle has a fairly massive lift, desert prerunner bumper, and fender flares like Terry Crews’ deltoids. What do you think of Dubai PD’s 2015 GMC Sierra off-roader?
This is Jebel Jais, a 22-mile stretch of pavement climbing to, well, not really anywhere in particular.
Dubai announced new plans to raise fuel costs, parking fees, and insurance prices on cars and well, some people ain't too happy about it, with one website dubbing the plan 'Operation Fuck the Poor.'
Why is it that the biggest, gnarliest, fieriest turbos in drag racing seem to be in the UAE?
The UAE is, in many ways, like the USA. It's a collection of 7 emirates (similar to our states) bound together by a federal government. Emiratis also love cars as much, or perhaps more than, the typical American.
If you thought giganto-turbo sand drag racing in the UAE was badass, wait till you see them go uphill.
We're used to seeing car enthusiasts from the Arabian Peninsula get their kicks with hagwalah, just about the most reckless and idiotic thing you can do with a car. These 4x4 sand drags shows that they're not the only gearheads in the Middle East.
The United Arab Emirates is the land of the supercars. They even give them out in malls, as one extraordinarily lucky cab driver found out this week when he won a $ 204,028 (Dh750,000) Gallardo LP550-2 in a local lottery.
If you buy an Audi it's probably coming over in a boat. If you buy a Lamborghini Aventador it's coming over in a cargo plane. Here's what it looks like packed up for transport.
An amazingly detailed 45-gigapixel panoramic shot of Dubai reveals what looks to be a yellow Ferrari sitting on a terrace of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. At 615 meters up, it's likely now the world's tallest parking garage.