Emirates National Auto Museum, Abu Dhabi
It’s all housed in a massive pyramid and all the cars are of differing sizes and the wackiest is the dominating Dodge pick up truck which is eight times the original size accessed via a staircase on the ground and has 5 bedrooms inside! Yes, it’s the largest pick up truck in the world. There are many rainbow cars but there are the legendary 7 Mercedes all in one colour of the rainbow, supposedly used for each day of the week. There a Mercedes Pullman (the last hand made Merc Limo), a Bigfoot Merc, the largest Land Rover Defender in the world, loads of Hummers and 4 wheel drives and there is the weird globe car. If you are into the weird and wacky – and love cars, it is worth the trip! If not, stay away. This place really is hard to describe – it’s a museum that’s really only a private collection – but an amazing one nonetheless.
Emirates National Auto Museum - June 2011 from John Sammon on Vimeo.
Point of Note:
- Probably better to go with someone who has been before and who will wait with you.
- The Museum is out of town. It is 60-70km out of Abu Dhabi City and off the Abu Dhabi - Tarif road (E65) on the way to Liwa and Saudi Arabia, and takes roughly 50 minutes. Look out for a sign that says Hameer, then a sign saying Car Museum as well as the huge Land Rover on the left.
- There is a café, but it might be worth taking your own snacks.
- As this is more a collection than a museum, there aren’t any explanations of the vehicles, but for car buffs, this is heaven.
When – Supposedly everyday, but as it is not official, we’d recommend calling beforehand 02 6676999 – Saturday would be a good day to go.
How long – 2 hours, depending on how interested you are in cars!
Location – Go with a friend or a driver who will wait for you.
Cost – Free
Booking – Check beforehand 02 6676999 and for opening hours on the day in question
More info - http://www.enam.ae