We investigate car culture at two Dubai strips on Friday nights
Nyree McFarlane and Holly Sands
Old Dubai While many see clubbing as the ideal Friday night pastime, an evening driving laps from Dhiyafa Street to Jumeirah Beach Road is how many long-term locals and expats get their kicks. Observe this phenomenon by starting at Khafayef Cafeteria (behind Al Mallah, open until approximately 3am, 04 398 5755) for a shawarma. From about 11pm until 2am the car park here is full, with cars hooting their horns ordering shawarma and juices. Next, take a right and drive up Dhiyafa Street toward Jumeirah Beach Road and back. This is the most common drive, repeated several times. In just minutes you’ll see vintage cars, matte-effect paintwork, shiny new wheels and plenty of revving. We like to sit at the Starbucks in Palm Strip Mall (open until 2am on weekends, 04 345 3808) to observe the goings-on: last weekend we spotted some beautiful machinery and even inter-car chatting using the car’s indicators – you can ‘wink’ by flashing the indicator on and off once.
Machinery such as this Ferrari becomes almost mundane on a Friday night in Jumeirah.
Turns out size doesn’t matter – this eye-catching custom-made truck turns many heads.
Classic car enthusiasts will find plenty to drool over. This number even has a special ‘classic’ licence plate.
Harley hogs also take to the roads, blasting the ears with noise pollution.
Even the parked cars are usually European beauties.
New Dubai Head down to The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence on a Friday night and be prepared to join an impressive queue. If anyone tells you Dubai is quiet these days, send them here to try to find a table outside any restaurant, or a parking space in the open-air lot, and watch them eat their words. As a result, the area has become something of a posing ground for the owners of flash motors (and exotic pets, which are often perched on wing mirrors), who in some instances have been witnessed lapping the vicinity up to four times. Quite how they’ve the patience in the face of such agonising congestion, we don’t know, though some might suggest the appreciative stares are the real objective.
Del Boy and Rodney Trotter would agree that three wheels are better than four, although these souped-up bikes are far smarter than the Trotters’ shabby Reliant Robin.
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This Rolls Royce has clocked up a few miles to make it to The Walk all the way from Saudi. Is the promenade’s reputation really travelling that far?
Just the wheels you need for a gentle cruise down a well-paved, entirely urban street – a monster Chevrolet truck.
When this sporty Audi R8 was created, its designer probably envisaged its wheels tearing across tarmac at high speed. No such luck tonight.