Car Zone is described as a one-stop shopping experience for previously owned cars. Pawan Singh / The National
Car Zone is described as a one-stop shopping experience for previously owned cars. Pawan Singh / The National

Al Habtoor joins dealers driving sales of used cars

Al Habtoor Motors is the latest major dealership to throw its hat into the used-car ring as prominent UAE family companies turn to the rapidly growing market.

Dealerships now have to offer a wider range of products and services to buyers as the market matures after the 2008 financial crisis and potential buyers look for better value amid tighter financing rules from the Central Bank.

Al Habtoor Motors has launched Car Zone, a concept that Karl Hamer, the managing director, describes as "a big Ikea for cars", where customers can choose from different brands and models that have undergone a 111-point check for roadworthiness.

The used-car market grew 45 per cent last year, said Mr Hamer.

"It's growing faster than anything. People are beginning to see the benefits of the price against a new car," he said.

A new boutique Car Zone is now open on Dubai's Sheikh Zayed Road, and Al Habtoor Motors plans to open a "megastore" in Dubai Investments Park in January to house 250 second-hand cars.

Each car will come with a warranty of up to five years, and customers will be able return vehicles to the store within 14 days if they are dissatisfied with their purchases.

Al Habtoor is the distributor of Mitsubishi, Bentley and Bugatti cars in the UAE, but the Car Zone will sell brands including Nissan, Ford, Toyota and Hyundai.

"It is a one-stop shopping experience like that more enjoyed in a retail store than a traditional garage," said Mr Hamer.

Examples of cars on offer are a 2010 Toyota Camry for Dh67,500 (US$18,240), a 2009 Mitsubishi Pajero for Dh67,900 and a 2008 Nissan Altima for Dh42,000.

All cars must be between six months and four years old to be sold under the scheme.

The dealer will also launch a website in the new year with pictures of the cars, financing quotes and a live chat-feed with sales representatives. Al Habtoor joins a growing number of major UAE dealerships this year launching used-car showrooms or schemes where pre-owned models are approved by the manufacturer.

Arabian Automobiles, which opened a showroom for Nissan, Renault and Infiniti cars in March, conducted a review of the overall UAE market and found that last year just a quarter of the 650 used-car dealers were professional garages affiliated to major manufacturers.

The majority of the dealerships were small independent sellers. This year though, all the major manufacturers have launched approved second-hand car schemes through their dealers.

The market for new cars is also developing as habits change and consumers buy fewer expensive vehicles.

Amid tighter financing rules introduced in May by the Central Bank, dealerships have been offering innovative financing options and part-exchange schemes that were not available in the past.

"The market is maturing, and it is a positive development," said Satish Singh, the chief executive of Tetrahedron Consulting, a company dedicated to the Middle East car market. "There is more choice for consumers, and if you are new to the country you can buy a used car while you are settling down."

Mr Hamer said sales for new cars had been strong for the year and that the Mitsubishi Pajero remained the best-selling car in the UAE.

"The Central Bank rules make dealers more structured," he said, "and come up with innovative ways to help customers buy a car."


Stage 7:

1. Caleb Ewan (AUS) Lotto Soudal - 3:18:29

2. Sam Bennett (IRL) Deceuninck-QuickStep - same time

3. Phil Bauhaus (GER) Bahrain Victorious

4. Michael Morkov (DEN) Deceuninck-QuickStep

5. Cees Bol (NED) Team DSM

General Classification:

1. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) UAE Team Emirates - 24:00:28

2. Adam Yates (GBR) Ineos Grenadiers - 0:00:35

3. Joao Almeida (POR) Deceuninck-QuickStep - 0:01:02

4. Chris Harper (AUS) Jumbo-Visma - 0:01:42

5. Neilson Powless (USA) EF Education-Nippo - 0:01:45

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Milestones on the road to union


October 26: Bahrain withdraws from a proposal to create a federation of nine with the seven Trucial States and Qatar. 

December: Ahmed Al Suwaidi visits New York to discuss potential UN membership.


March 1:  Alex Douglas Hume, Conservative foreign secretary confirms that Britain will leave the Gulf and “strongly supports” the creation of a Union of Arab Emirates.

July 12: Historic meeting at which Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Rashid make a binding agreement to create what will become the UAE.

July 18: It is announced that the UAE will be formed from six emirates, with a proposed constitution signed. RAK is not yet part of the agreement.

August 6:  The fifth anniversary of Sheikh Zayed becoming Ruler of Abu Dhabi, with official celebrations deferred until later in the year.

August 15: Bahrain becomes independent.

September 3: Qatar becomes independent.

November 23-25: Meeting with Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Rashid and senior British officials to fix December 2 as date of creation of the UAE.

November 29:  At 5.30pm Iranian forces seize the Greater and Lesser Tunbs by force.

November 30: Despite  a power sharing agreement, Tehran takes full control of Abu Musa. 

November 31: UK officials visit all six participating Emirates to formally end the Trucial States treaties

December 2: 11am, Dubai. New Supreme Council formally elects Sheikh Zayed as President. Treaty of Friendship signed with the UK. 11.30am. Flag raising ceremony at Union House and Al Manhal Palace in Abu Dhabi witnessed by Sheikh Khalifa, then Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

December 6: Arab League formally admits the UAE. The first British Ambassador presents his credentials to Sheikh Zayed.

December 9: UAE joins the United Nations.

Common OCD symptoms and how they manifest

Checking: the obsession or thoughts focus on some harm coming from things not being as they should, which usually centre around the theme of safety. For example, the obsession is “the building will burn down”, therefore the compulsion is checking that the oven is switched off.

Contamination: the obsession is focused on the presence of germs, dirt or harmful bacteria and how this will impact the person and/or their loved ones. For example, the obsession is “the floor is dirty; me and my family will get sick and die”, the compulsion is repetitive cleaning.

Orderliness: the obsession is a fear of sitting with uncomfortable feelings, or to prevent harm coming to oneself or others. Objectively there appears to be no logical link between the obsession and compulsion. For example,” I won’t feel right if the jars aren’t lined up” or “harm will come to my family if I don’t line up all the jars”, so the compulsion is therefore lining up the jars.

Intrusive thoughts: the intrusive thought is usually highly distressing and repetitive. Common examples may include thoughts of perpetrating violence towards others, harming others, or questions over one’s character or deeds, usually in conflict with the person’s true values. An example would be: “I think I might hurt my family”, which in turn leads to the compulsion of avoiding social gatherings.

Hoarding: the intrusive thought is the overvaluing of objects or possessions, while the compulsion is stashing or hoarding these items and refusing to let them go. For example, “this newspaper may come in useful one day”, therefore, the compulsion is hoarding newspapers instead of discarding them the next day.

Source: Dr Robert Chandler, clinical psychologist at Lighthouse Arabia

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UAE athletes heading to Paris 2024


Abdullah Humaid Al Muhairi, Abdullah Al Marri, Omar Al Marzooqi, Salem Al Suwaidi, and Ali Al Karbi (four to be selected).

Men: Narmandakh Bayanmunkh (66kg), Nugzari Tatalashvili (81kg), Aram Grigorian (90kg), Dzhafar Kostoev (100kg), Magomedomar Magomedomarov (+100kg); women's Khorloodoi Bishrelt (52kg).

Safia Al Sayegh (women's road race).


Men: Yousef Rashid Al Matroushi (100m freestyle); women: Maha Abdullah Al Shehi (200m freestyle).


Maryam Mohammed Al Farsi (women's 100 metres).

Travis Scott
Grand Hustle/Epic/Cactus Jack

UAE currency: the story behind the money in your pockets

Edinburgh: November 4 (unchanged)

Bahrain: November 15 (from September 15); second daily service from January 1

Kuwait: November 15 (from September 16)

Mumbai: January 1 (from October 27)

Ahmedabad: January 1 (from October 27)

Colombo: January 2 (from January 1)

Muscat: March 1 (from December 1)

Lyon: March 1 (from December 1)

Bologna: March 1 (from December 1)

Source: Emirates

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Cory Sandhagen v Umar Nurmagomedov
Nick Diaz v Vicente Luque
Michael Chiesa v Tony Ferguson
Deiveson Figueiredo v Marlon Vera
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Founders: Ziad Toqan and Jamil Khammu
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