Icons of Porsche, Middle East’s largest car festival, returns in November 2024

If the 911 is Porsche’s automotive icon, the Icons of Porsche is the brand’s iconic and flagship festival in the Middle East. Since its debut in 2021, the Icons of Porsche festival has already racked up a footfall of over 50,000 fans to celebrate not just the glorious past, dynamic present and exciting future of Porsche but also regional arts, culture and cuisine within the event. And now, the largest car festival of the Middle East returns for the fourth edition at ‘The Slab’ in the Dubai Design District on 23-24 November 2024. The two-day celebration will feature the best of Porsche sports cars, artwork installations, renowned artists and celebrity appearances at ‘The Slab’. Dr. Manfred Bräunl, Chief Executive Officer of Porsche Middle East and Africa, commented, “I cannot wait to announce some of the beautiful cars we have in store that will not only come from local collectors but also from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. Last year’s event overwhelmed us, with over 27,000 visitors and media coming from all over the world to celebrate with us.”

Bentley Emirates wins award quadruple at Bentley MEIA Regional Conference

Bentley Emirates, part of Al Habtoor Motors, has been the leading market for Bentley Motors in terms of sales in the Middle East, India and Africa region for over a decade and has been repeatedly announced as the ‘Number 1 Dealer in the Region and World’ by Bentley Motors. 2023 was no different as Bentley Emirates won four prestigious awards at the Bentley Regional Dealer Conference for the MEIA region 2023. Out of the four awards, the standout accomplishment came with Bentley Abu Dhabi winning the ‘Sales Dealer of the Year 2023’ reflecting exceptional customer service. ‘Bentley Dubai’ got distinguished as the ‘Pre-owned Retailer of the Year 2023’ demonstrating its dedication to provide quality pre-owned vehicles to customers. On the marketing front, Bentley Emirates stood out as the 2023 Retailer of the Year for Marketing with Ipek Kibar, Marketing Manager for Bentley Emirates also winning Marketing Manager of the Year, 2023. Additionally, Hassan Khansa, Sales Manager at Bentley Abu Dhabi, achieved remarkable success by winning the Sales Manager challenge for multiple periods within the year. Ahmed Al Habtoor, Chief Executive Officer of Al Habtoor Motors, commented on the occasion: “As we celebrate these remarkable achievements, we extend our deepest gratitude to the dedicated Bentley team whose passion, expertise, and tireless dedication have been instrumental in realizing our shared vision of excellence. In fact, these recognitions reflect the visionary approach embraced by Al Habtoor Motors and meticulously applied within the Prestige Division. With our unwavering commitment to exceeding expectations, we forge ahead, confident in our ability to set new benchmarks and deliver unparalleled luxury experiences to Bentley enthusiasts across the region and beyond.”

MG appoints Veyron-designer Jozef Kaban to lead global product design

MG celebrates its 100th anniversary this year and with it announces the arrival of acclaimed designer Jozef Kaban. Kaban joins the British-origin brand as the new Vice President at the company’s Global Design Centre, tasked to develop and advance the brand’s global design language. For the unaware, Kaban had solidified his reputation at just 25 years of age when he crafted the iconic Bugatti Veyron. Considered a design prodigy of the early 21st century, the designer went on to head design departments at the most reputed automakers such as Skoda, BMW, Rolls Royce, and Volkswagen whilst even holding the position of Exterior Chief Designer at Audi. Tom Lee, Managing Director of MG Motor Middle East, commented: “Design is very important in customer purchase decisions. We are proud of MG’s design legacy. Our region has positively accepted MG’s new design philosophy, and we will keep on introducing more futuristic designs and technology in MG cars. The regional HQ team is working hard to share the Middle East customers’ demands and market trends with the HQ team. Our aim is to be a brand that provides good-looking, reliable, and high quality products.”

Al-Futtaim Auto Centers launches aftersales service network for electrified cars, the UAE’s first

Al-Futtaim Automotive is dead set towards building a comprehensive e-mobility ecosystem in the UAE. Last year, the auto group launched the region’s first IMI-accredited Electric Mobility Training Centre to train EV-specific repair processes to mechanics. And now, Al-Futtaim aims to capitalise on this accredited EV training as it announces the launch of specialised maintenance and repair services for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles across its 18 facilities, also known as Al-Futtaim Auto Centers. With this, owners of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles of all makes and models can have maintenance, repairs and diagnostics performed by trained expert technicians at these Al-Futtaim Auto Centers. This new service launch cements Al-Futtaim Auto Centers as a one-stop solution destination for a wide range of automotive needs and establishes itself as the trusted mobility partner for EV enthusiasts across the UAE. Jawahar Ganesh, Managing Director of Global Aftersales at Al-Futtaim Automotive, said, “By expanding our services to include EV maintenance and support, we are instilling a greater sense of confidence within customers to make the shift towards greener mobility options, be they individual car owners or fleet customers.” Al-Futtaim Auto Centres are equipped with the required tools to serve owners of all brands of EVs and plug-in hybrids, operating all seven days of the week between 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.