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Sun 17 Jun 2007 02:41 PM

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Automotive City to drive into Dubai

A new hub for Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen cars will be built in the emirate.

Dubai's Al Nabooda Automobiles is set to launch an over one million square feet 'Automotive City' to house its Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen cars at Dubai's Industrial City, it was announced today.

The new centre will become operational by 2009 and is set to become the hub for the UAE's automotive industry, said Rashed Al Ansari, CEO of Dubai Industrial City - a member of development company Tatweer.

The agreement was signed between Al Ansari, and Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda, managing director of Khalifa Juma Al Nabooda Group of companies.

The new City will include an up-to-date pre-delivery inspection centre, a fully equipped logistics centre, and a body shop that meets the exacting standards of Porsche, Audi and Volkswagen, said K. Rajaram, CEO of Al Nabooda Automobiles.

Rajaram explained that his company decided to set up base in Dubai Industrial City "as it offers a dedicated automobile zone that meets with our operational needs."

"Test tracks will also combine on-road and off-road sections to offer an opportunity for realistic customer and workshop testing away from traffic congestion," he added.