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“Astonishing find in the middle of nowhere!”

Emirates National Auto Museum
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Ranked #31 of 144 things to do in Abu Dhabi
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“Astonishing find in the middle of nowhere!”
Reviewed March 5, 2014

We passed the ENAM several times on our way to the Rub Al Khali desert from Abu Dhabi. From the road, you can see a huge jeep jutting out onto the highway, and a real aircraft parked in the desert behind the museum ..... it looked quite fascinating.

On our last trip, we got around to visiting the museum. It was fairly early in the morning and had not opened yet so while the watchman was getting his act together, we admired the gynomous globe - car, the mother of all caravans and an old model Mercedes stuck on bigger than truck tyres ... all in the parking lot. Another huge jeep was in the back, along with the aircraft. The aircraft is the Loch Fyne. I have no idea how it got itself stuck in the Abu Dhabi desert, but I recognised it in the Bollywood movie Hijack on TV last week!

All the above is free to see. To enter the museum hangar, you have to pay AED50. It is not really worth it unless you are an automobile enthusiast. The best vehicles are outside and can be seen for free. Inside are an assortment of bespoke vintage luxury cars. The piece de resistance is obviously the gargantuan sized Dodge pick up truck, absolutely and unashamedly larger than life. I found it a bit boring looking at the rest of the cars after a while. Men might find it more interesting I am sure.

This is fairly close to Abu Dhabi city, about a 45min drive. You can see it enroute to Hameem, Qasr Al Sarab or Liwa. The free exhibits are worth looking at once, especially the Globe, the jeep and the aircraft at the back.

A must see for auto enthusiasts.

Visited February 2014
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“Worth the trip out there!”
Reviewed March 1, 2014

It's hard to imagine what has been collected by the "Rainbow Sheikh". There are so many vehicles in his specially designed museum.... many of them created especially for him. Highlights include the biggest caravan in the world, an 8WD and a monster ute. I loved the mix of old vehicles and new. Costs 50AED to enter but well worth it.

Visited February 2014
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Calangute, India
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

If you have kid and you have time in your hand spend some time there. Kids will enjoy to giraffe feeding, zoo staffs are help full.

Visited May 2013
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“Such a gem,It's incredible!”
Reviewed February 20, 2014

Such a funny concept,a pyramid in the middle of the desert filled with the worlds most exotic rare and vintage automobiles!Even the road to get there is breathtaking!You do pass a workcamp and it's definitely a sight seeing them all load onto a bus but that's irrelavent...around 40 mins from Abu Dhabi where we were staying,the roads were quiet and the only sight is massive American style 18-wheelers carrying piping and other construction equipment from Saudi Arabia I assume.Amongst the dunes you spot this pyramid and you see the 1:1000000 scale of the earth if I remember correctly aswell as the worlds largest motor home!Inside it's just astonishing every car imaginable with rares and collections aswell as the gigantic truck and the walkways are designed as car lanes which I thought was cool!Couldn't see the plane as the gates were locked :(! Its a Lockheed L-1011 Tristar but theres an abandoned water tower I believe just to the right with some steps and you can see the 3rd engine (a good photo oppurtunity!).Worth the Dirhams and trip out!

Quick tip:The massive jeep appearing to be hanging over a dune beside the road is actually a shop and their ice creams are ice cold unlike the ones sold in the shop directly beside the pyramid!

Another tip:Bring your own water and lots of it because we were there in June and the humidity is something else compared to Irish heat!

Visited June 2013
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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“Good one!!”
Reviewed February 13, 2014 via mobile

U can spend a 3 hours here to see all the vintage cars!
There are a lot of cars! U will love it!
But the 50 dhs fees seems littile bit expensive! There is an airplane and a custom made guiness world record jeep also there!
Thn the british queens rolls royce!

Its worth if u are an automobile fan!
One time to see!!

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