The UAE is cool with your suped-up ride

The Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) – an international trade association of different manufacturers, distributors, retailers, custom-car builders, car clubs, race teams and more, and also host of the largest aftermarket trade show in the world. What does this mean for UAE car aficianados? You might not be getting hassled for having a modified car in the near future.

The MOU basically states that a set of guidelines and regulations would be developed to allow owners of properly and safely modified cars to be driven on public roads… kind of like how owners of choppers (a.k.a. custom bikes) are given free reign to drive on the road without any hassle from the police. The ultimate goal is to bring the government and the aftermarket industry closer and to set standards for what is allowed and what isn’t. To the rest of the Arab world, please follow suit!

[Source: CAR Middle East]

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10 Comments on “The UAE is cool with your suped-up ride”

  1. Hatch3r Says:

    I really hope that this reaches Kuwait too 😦 ,till then we just have to keep on stealth modding! (Thank god the cops here only know American cars when their modded lol)

    • el wehbi Says:


      It’s very cool to know that they’re being creative about things like this in the UAE.

      I’ll tell you what I’d love for them to reconsider in Kuwait: this law that we cannot import cars that are between 5 – 25 years old (or something like that). I’ve missed out on some great opportunities to own some wonderful 1990s cars because of it 😦 I mean I can understand if they don’t want beat up and abused cars being brought in from abroad, but what about legendary examples like the NSX or the Supra? There should be a committee put in place to manage what’s allowed and not allowed.

      • X Says:

        Bl was6a u can bring anything.. a5 glbi lma tgol NSX now thats a legend that worth bringing
        , a guy i know brought a 2002 model last year to kuwait and got it in bl was6a ;D

  2. milani86 Says:

    i know that alot of guys r waiting for something like this to orgenized here in kuwait, it’s been suggested more than once, hope that this time they’ll follow suit … it’s a good deal for both sides

  3. el wehbi Says:

    @X: mashallah! tell your friend he is one lucky guy. wish I had it in me to do the same 😦

  4. Marzouq Says:

    Man its a good step forward and I hope that other countries follow suit! Problem is in Kuwait the people in the traffic section of the government aren’t qualified or educated enough to know the difference between a high quality modification or just cutting off your cats!

    • el wehbi Says:

      Welcome back Marzouq!

      It is going to be extremely difficult to have this implemented in Kuwait without creating some sort of expert panel / committee to have it done properly. As you mentioned, educated government staff with this type of focused expertise are hard to come by.

  5. Dezrt Ninja Says:

    I like the enthusiasm and its refreshing to hear people talk about Kuwait and progressive thoughts in the same sentence.

    But here I come with a tall cold glass of reality…keep dreaming.

    X is right, wasta will get it in, which im not a fan of because I should be able to do things according to a REASONABLE set of rules and regulations.

    el wehbi your right it would take allot of work to get anything like this done, but a panel of any sort is the wrong way to go. It would just be another way for a select few to consolidate power and influence and to F things up even worse.

    Im sorry for not providing my own solution which would be the right thing for a commenter to do, but I don’t have one.

    Signed, Jaded

    • el wehbi Says:

      Hey Dezrt Ninja,

      I think what I should have said is in “an ideal situation”, a committee with expertise in the automotive realm would need to be formed in order to even consider such a move forward. I too worry about corruption and people working in their own best interests as this is commonplace here, unfortunately.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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