Vehicles get souped up ahead of UAE National Day celebrations


By Roberta Pennington

Car repair shops throughout the country switched into high gear this week as patriots began lining up to dress up their vehicles in the latest National Day accessories.

“Every year, more and more people come,” said Adel Al Hosani, the Emirati owner of Bin Sidar Car Decoration in the new Al Shahama area.

“National Day is an opportunity to show our appreciation for our leaders, especially our Founding Father, for what they have done for us.”

Drivers have many options to choose from when it comes to how they wish to broadcast their patriotism on the road.

For Dh10, shoppers can dress a side mirror in a spandex cover the colour of the UAE flag. The Adam Gallery sells these along with a matching bonnet for Dh50. At Ainawi Auto Accessories, a dashboard-length scarf the colour of the national flag with the words “I love the UAE” sells for Dh30. Red, black, white and green pompoms meant to be fastened to door handles sell for Dh5. Green heart-shaped stickers go for 50 fils each. More info

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