Passione Ferrari Tour UAE 2018
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is an Arabian Peninsula nation located on the southern edge of the Persian Gulf. The country is a federation of seven emirates, namely Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai, Ras al-Khaimah and Umm al-Qaiwain that recognised for its tremendous oil wealth, which means they have one of the world’s biggest markets for supercars and exotics. It is one of the reasons that Ferrari Tour UAE 2018 turned out to be an outstanding event compared to the previous editions.
This year, Ferrari staged a triumphant welcome for the Portofino. This exhilarating debut, the first outside of Italy, hosted international and regional prospects and media to experience the unrivalled sportiness and impressive power of the model on the UAE’s desert routes, taking in some of the best driving roads in the world.
I was fortunate to be invited once again to the Ferrari’s exclusive driving event that took place on May 4 to 6, which designed to give Ferrari owners a thrilling driving experience. A total of 13 Ferrari GT cars, driven by clients from all across the Far East region, explored some of the most beautiful routes in the UAE.
Our journey covered more than 650 km over three days. On the first day, the drive started in Dubai from where the cars set off to explore this wonderful region. We travelled along some of Dubai’s loveliest roads through places of breathtaking beauty, including the Burj Al Arab where the convoy stopped to have lunch at the top of this iconic palace overlooking the Gulf of Dubai, before heading off deep into the Sharjah desert to a place called the Fossil Rock, a name derived from the presence of many former sea creatures and flora immortalized into the rock millions of years ago when water covered much of Arabia. Dinner was held at a restaurant situated right in front of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, where we enjoyed a spectacular light show and the Dubai Fountains.
On the second day, we drove towards Jebel Jais, a mountain in Ras Al Khaimah considered the highest point of the UAE. This was the most memorable highlight of the trip for most of the participants. The Ferraris made a dramatic road ascent up Jebel Jais, judged to be one of the most thrilling mountain driving experiences in the world. The twists and turns of the road and the unrivalled views, fueled further by the power and performance of the Ferrari fleet, unleashed an unparalleled spectrum of emotions in the group, with memories to last a lifetime. The drive downhill was equally, if not more, thrilling. They then made their way back to the hotel for a traditional dinner under the star-lit desert skies, for an evening filled with traditional Arabian hospitality.
On the last day, we travelled from Ras Al Khaimah to Abu Dhabi, making a must-stop at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi for lunch, followed by a tour of the Louvre Abu Dhabi before making our final stop at the hotel. While the cars had well-deserved rest, we enjoyed a special Asian dinner, watching the beautiful sunset over the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, an architectural work of art. The dinner was also a time of celebration where winners from various categories were announced, including the Best Dressed, Best of the Best Shot, Best Coin Photo, Winner of Enzo Ferrari Quiz and Overall Standing. Congratulations to all the winners and participants!
Capable of unleashing a massive 600 cv and sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds, the Ferrari Portofino is the most powerful convertible to combine the advantages of a retractable hardtop, a roomy boot and generous cockpit space plus two rear seats suitable for short trips.
The Portofino is a Ferrari designed to be driven every day that also effortlessly converts from an authentic ‘berlinetta’ coupé to a drop-top capable of delivering a unique Ferrari soundtrack and superb driving pleasure even in day-to-day situations.
Ferrari has once again demonstrated its ability to create moments that keep the Prancing Horse legacy alive. It was a tour filled with passion and friendship organised to intensify togetherness and broaden the driving insights of the owners. Through this, the Ferrari owners from the Far East region have become close friends. This experience of driving together is yet another milestone event to enhance the passion they all share for Ferrari, which certainly left an endearing memory for all of us.