Whenever you visit Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates, you can be sure of a pretty big crowd gathered outside the doors. Seeing it for the first time, you could understandably think that the rows of tourists with their camera phones in hand are waiting expectedly for a celebrity to arrive.
But, as you probably know better if you’ve been in Dubai long enough, they’re actually there for the cars. The small chauffeur area outside the mall is more like a showroom for some of the world’s rarest supercars. A normal Friday afternoon there would actually put most real showrooms to shame.
Dubai’s car market – or more specifically the high-end of the car market – is quite spectacular. But above all the Ferraris, Porsches, Lamborghinis and Jaguars, it’s actually a rather hulky 4×4 car that Dubai appears to be in love with. The Mercedes G-Class is everywhere. Sit outside a cafe anywhere in Jumeirah and you’ll probably count into double figures how many roar past you, and that’s before you’ve finished your shisha.