Hyper­loop, drift­ing and drones com­ing to Dubai In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show

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Dubai In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show is mak­ing its re­turn this week, and it’ll fea­ture a se­lec­tion of per­for­mance prod­ucts in the au­to­mo­tive sphere worth Dh1 bil­lion.

The tagline for the 2019 event is Future Mo­bil­ity, so there is also a fo­cus on public trans­port, not least the Hyper­loop tech­nol­ogy set to be a fea­ture of the UAE land­scape with the pro­posed link be­tween Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Tak­ing place at Dubai World Trade Cen­tre from Tues­day un­til Satur­day, the fair will fea­ture some of the big­gest man­u­fac­tur­ers show­cas­ing their lat­est mod­els and tech­nol­ogy. Or­gan­is­ers say this will be the most ad­vanced and ex­pe­ri­ence-ori­ented event in its 30-year history.

Stunt riders and drift­ing pro­fes­sion­als will be putting on tra­di­tional, crowd-pleas­ing dis­plays.

Vis­i­tors will also get the chance to take a vir­tual, in­ner-city drone flight above the streets of Dubai, cour­tesy of ItalDe­sign, as a show­case of what get­ting about could be like in the near future.

A 3D mod­el­ling stu­dio will also demon­strate how a team of cre­atives can sculpt a new ve­hi­cle from start to fin­ish in a dig­i­tal en­vi­ron­ment, mak­ing the con­cept of de­sign­ers and en­gi­neers por­ing over drawing boards seem like some­thing from the Dark Ages. When it comes to the cars, though, the world’s fastest elec­tric car will be mak­ing its de­but – the As­park Owl, which will do zero to 100 kilo­me­tres per hour in less than two se­conds – and UAEbased mar­que Ajlani Mo­tors is pulling the cov­ers off its highly an­tic­i­pated new hy­per­car.

Man­u­fac­tur­ers in­clud­ing Gar­gash, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Fer­rari, Maserati,

Lin­coln, Cadil­lac, Chevro­let, GMC, Jaguar Land Rover, Nis­san and Mit­subishi will also be show­cas­ing their lat­est mod­els and tech­nol­ogy.

It’s not all about the new though, as the event will fea­ture what’s be­ing called the Elite Club.

This is a dis­play of pri­vately owned hy­per­cars val­ued at about Dh500 mil­lion, in­clud­ing a Bu­gatti Vey­ron, a Lam­borgh­ini Ve­neno and a Gumpart Apollo S.

The show will also fea­ture the Ara­bian Gazelles – the re­gion’s first women-only su­per­car club – who show­case their mo­tors at street meets.

En­trance to the event is Dh30 for adults and Dh20 for those aged be­tween 12 and 17, with un­der 12s get­ting a free pass.

Ajlani Mo­tors’ new hy­per­car

Drift­ing is pop­u­lar at the event

There will be su­per­cars ga­lore

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