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Hundreds of cars in parades on Yas Island to mark National Day

posted on 03/12/2012: 2507 views

Hundreds of cars participated in two car rallies organised on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on Sunday as part of the National Day celebrations.

A green car rally in the morning demonstrated the UAE's commitment to and achievements in sustainable transportation technology.

The Union Car Parade, organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority, attracted the participation of hundreds of colourfully decorated cars displaying the euphoria of National Day.

The excitement was visible long before the parade's scheduled starting time of 5pm.

The motorists were advised to reach the car park near the starting point by 2pm and the space was full by 3:30pm.

Remaining cars had to park on the roadside until the parade was flagged off around 5pm.

"We expected this heavy turn-out because the excitement for the car rally was seen even days ago,” a senior official told Gulf News.

"Many groups of cars were seen rallying on Yas Island since Friday. They could not wait to display their affection towards the nation,” said Sultan Al Muhairi, general co-ordinator of 41st National Day Celebrations in the capital.

He said the best decorated cars would be given prizes worth a total of Dh100,000 while the first three winners are to be given Dh25,000, Dh20,000 and Dh15,000 respectively.

The remaining prize amount was to be distributed among 10 other winners. The Union Car Parade was expected to continue until 1am on Monday around the Yas Marina Circuit with the prizes distributed at the end of the rally.

A judging committee will then select the winners.

Meanwhile, in another event in the capital, about 500 eco-friendly cars participated in a green car rally, organised by the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City, in cooperation with other government departments, on Yas Island on Sunday.

"It was a display of the progress achieved by the UAE in sustainable transportation,” a senior official told Gulf News.

"The rally was also a celebration of the eco-friendly awareness in the country thanks to the commitment of the UAE leaders,” said Nasser Al Marzouqi, head of the facilities department at Masdar, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company.

Seven electric cars from Masdar led the rally from Yas Island to Sadiyat Island.

"It was an attempt to break the Guinness World Record as we understood that the existing record was a rally of about 300 green cars in Japan,” Al Marzouqi said. "We may get the feedback from Guinness book within a couple of days.”

About 400 taxi cars plying on CNG (compressed natural gas, a green fuel) and similar cars from other government departments such as Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, Department of Transport, Department of Municipal Affairs and Ministry of Labour also participated in the rally. – Gulf News


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