Wealthy petrolheads drive bespoke car sales in the UAE

From niche paintwork to jewelled inlays, customised cars are on the rise in the Gulf state
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Al Ghandi Motors' Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD won MBC Action 'Battle of the Garages' competition in September (Image courtesy of Al Ghandi Motors)
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A Fiat 500 is customised with pink interior (Image courtesy of Al Ghandi Motors)
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Al Ghandi Motors spent around $68,000 customising the Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD (Image courtesy of Al Ghandi Motors)
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New features included customised interior and a new electrical system (Image courtesy of Al Ghandi Motors)
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Total car sales in the UAE are expected to increase 32 percent to 25,010 this year, according to IHS Automotive (Image courtesy of Al Ghandi Motors)
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The UAE is the Gulf’s largest market for luxury sales (Image courtesy of Al Ghandi Motors)
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UAE car sales increased 16 percent in 2010, according to IHS Automotive (Image courtesy of Al Ghandi Motors)
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The UAE has seen bespoke services continue to grow as wealthy individuals look to their cars to set them apart (Image courtesy of Al Ghandi Motors)
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Customers in the UAE typically opt for brighter colours than those in Europe (Image courtesy of Al Ghandi Motors)
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The UAE car market was hit hard by the 2008-2009 global financial crisis but recovered partially last year (Image courtesy of Al Ghandi Motors)
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Around 66 percent of all new car purchases in the UAE are made by customers aged 18-29, according to BMI (Image courtesy of Al Ghandi Motors)
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The pink interior of a Fiat 500 customised car (Image courtesy of Al Ghandi Motors)
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Rolls-Royce's 'Thoroughbred' features the silk shirts of the 35 jockeys that raced in the Glorious Goodwood race in 2011 (Image courtesy of Rolls-Royce)
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The Middle East is Rolls-Royce’s biggest market globally for bespoke, said regional director James Crichton (Image courtesy of Rolls-Royce)
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Rolls-Royce sold 23 percent more cars in the Middle East last year compared to the same period the previous year, the firm said Jan 9 (Image courtesy of Rolls-Royce)
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Rolls-Royce bespoke starts at $15-20,000 for customised paint and can go up to $100,000 (Image courtesy of Rolls-Royce)
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Rolls-Royce exported its most expensive car to the region last year, valued at $1m due to its “high bespoke” design (Image courtesy of Rolls-Royce)