This weekend, we had no plans in mind until we started driving and it led us close to Abu Dhabi. So we decided to do our bit of research to shortlist the places we could explore this weekend in UAE. Well, the shortlists were the zoo, Mosque and a wild card entry of the car museum.
About 45 km away from the main city of Abu Dhabi, you’ll notice a ‘pyramid’ shaped building or rather a warehouse with about 200 cars belonging to His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan.There is an entry fee of AED 50 per adult and his collections were featured in the popular TV series of BBC – Top Gear.
His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan also known as the Rainbow Sheikh has an awesome collection of prototypes, concept cars, American classics and more. The oldest one is a Mercedes all the way from 1885. the funkiest one that will catch your eyes immediately is his collection of seven Mercedes, painted in the colours of the rainbow for each day of the week which he had bought back in 1983. The exhibition also displays the largest truck in the world, fashioned after a 1950s Dodge Power Wagon.
You’ll also notice a world globe shaped caravan with all the facilities including TV, refrigerators as in a normal house which was used by the Sheikh and his family during their trips in the desert. All the cars in display have been used by him where he chose to go on a drive after the meal with his family.
Though we went there on a weekend especially on a Friday afternoon, the crowd wasn’t much. I guess the place is still not popularized enough.
We loved the display, it was truly a fascinating one, every car has a history and story behind it. We loved it, hence recommend it for your next weekend exploration in Abu Dhabi.
Here’s a quick video that we picked up online of the top gear show the collection was featured: The video