DUBAI // It may be a benefit reserved for the most well heeled, but the new Emirates Skywheels service, transporting luxury cars from Dubai, is sure to turn a few heads on runways around the world.
There is nothing worse than having to settle for the standard rental car option when your pride-and-joy supercar is going to waste parked in the garage at home.
But that could be a thing of the past for Dubai’s wealthiest as Emirates follows rival airline Etihad Airways in offering a door-to-door cargo and delivery service for vehicles as part of its freight division.
The service includes pick-up and drop-off of the vehicle from its home and destination addresses, in addition to export and import customs clearance processes at both ends of the journey. Insurance to cover accidental damage in transit is also available under the premium option with Emirates.
London, Paris and New York are just some of the cities that could see more of the most glamorous supercars in the Arabian Gulf as the service takes off.
Recent shipments by Emirates SkyCargo included delivery of a Pagani Zonda F supercar from Dubai to the Pagani factory near Bologna, Italy, for a service.
To promote its service, Emirates SkyCargo is sponsoring the inaugural Gulf Concours event in Dubai today and tomorrow, where a collection of rare classic cars and modern, bespoke luxury and supercars will be on show, many for the first time in the region.
The airline has transported a collection of rare classic Ferraris to Dubai for the event at Burj Al Arab.
One of the cars to arrive was a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, estimated to be worth more than US$40 million (Dh10.8 million).
Others included a 1955 Ferrari 250 GT, Competizione Berlinetta Sport Speciale and a rare 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione.