Car fair among debuting ‘Auto Festival’ events organized by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority
H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, attended the inauguration of Al Hilal Bank’s 7th Al Hilal Auto Festival last Thursday, March 26, 2015 at the Abu Dhabi Corniche parking area along with the official opening of Abu Dhabi’s first-ever annual ‘Auto Festival’ organized by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (ADTCA) running until March 29, 2015. ADTCA’s debuting ‘Auto Festival’ will showcase the capital’s rising stature as host to major motoring-themed activities. It covers three main events: the Al Hilal Auto Festival organized by Al Hilal Bank, ‘Custom Show Emirates’ at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, and ‘Yas Superstreet Challenge’ at Yas Island’s Yas Marina Circuit.
“We thank H.H. Sheikh Nahyan for leading the opening of Auto Festival 2015 and adding glitter and prestige to an important addition to the emirate’s annual calendar. For our part, Al Hilal Bank is eager to help visitors drive out with their dream cars through our market-leading vehicle finance program, and enjoy all the family-oriented features of the event. We fully support the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority’s vision of grooming Abu Dhabi as a motoring and motorsport hub and helping drive the emirate’s automotive and special events sectors to complement local economic diversification efforts,” said Mohamed Jamil Berro, Group CEO, Al Hilal Bank.
The latest edition of the Al Hilal Bank Auto Festival is again highlighted by the ‘Walk In, Drive Out’ auto finance scheme which enables potential buyers to drive out with their dream car in just 60 minutes at competitive rates beginning at 1.99 per cent, plus optional car insurance at an attractive rate of 2.25 per cent courtesy of Al Hilal Takaful.
An elite collection of luxury, classic and high-performance vehicles are on display as part of Al Hilal Bank’s motoring event, complemented by more entertaining activities and competitions. Among the family-friendly segments are a ‘Hala and Nassour Kids Village’ which will be participated in by NewBoy, a charitable group that distributes toys to children. This year’s Al Hilal Auto Festival introduces a free exhibition area dedicated for women, the ‘Al Hilal Laha Exhibition’ displaying the products and services of 30 Emirati designers and business women. Lebanese rally driving champion and drifting legend Abdo Feghali is competing in the Al Hilal Auto Festival’s auto drift challenge.
Government entities including the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City, Mawaqif Parking Management-Department of Transport and the General Directorate of Abu Dhabi Police, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, automobile dealers, and other participants such as Etisalat, Etihad Airways, Al Ahli Hospital, and UAE Red Crescent haveput up pavilions in the venues to disseminate their platforms, services and products to visitors, exhibitors, guests, and the general public.