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Abu Dhabi inspired Phantoms unveiled

Bespoke Phantoms based on two cultural motifs of the UAE’s capital city have been released.

Abu Dhabi inspired Phantoms unveiled
Inspired by the beauty of Abu Dhabi, the cars design speaks volume of the engineering aura of Rolls Royce.(ITP Images)

Bespoke Phantoms based on two cultural motifs of the UAE’s capital city, Abu Dhabi, have been revealed.

The four-door Phantom draws its inspiration from the dune-scape of the Baynunah area in the western region of Abu Dhabi. Renowned for its sand dunes the area has been interpreted for the car with a series of beige and brown shades and a tan ever-flex roof.

The inlay and marquetry, inspired by the traditional colours of an Arabian camel harness, were hand-crafted at Rolls-Royce’s Goodwood plant using individually cut pieces of coloured veneer and hand assembled, using tweezers to ensure maximum precision.

The other Phantom, a Coupe, has taken the falcon as its inspiration. Dubbed ‘Shaheen’ it features a marquise-white exterior, with a twin coach line in Tudor red and offset by a red and Seashell leather interior.

There’s a unique falcon motif depicted as an inlay in brass, chemically etched from a single piece of stainless steel, and the falcon embroidered head-rests, which encompass 11-thread colours and boast a staggering 21,011 stitches per head-rest – pity the bloke that counted them!

‘The Bespoke programme continues to be a consistent driver for our business in the region, with four of the world’s top 10 selling Bespoke dealers based in the Arabian Peninsula,’ said James Crichton, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Regional Director for the Middle East.

‘The first half of 2010 saw our best sales result ever for the Middle East region, having doubled our sales in comparison to the same period in 2009.’

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