The UAE has a special place in the heart of every car enthusiast. From the Autodrome in Dubai to the Yas F1 Circuit in Abu Dhabi, there are amazing places to visit for anyone interested in automobiles. But there’s nowhere better than the car museum in Abu Dhabi for beautiful vintage cars and the best in automobile engineering. Here is everything you need to know about Emirates National Auto Museum (ENAM).
ABOUT THE EMIRATES NATIONAL AUTO MUSEUM
The Emirates National Auto Museum, or ENAM, is a veritable paradise on earth for any petrolhead. This place isn’t just comforting for those who understand the finer details of these machines – everyone with an eye for beauty can enjoy themselves here.
The cars on display at the Emirates National Auto Museum are part of the private collection of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan — popularly known as the Rainbow Sheikh thanks to his enviable collection of seven Mercedes S-Classes which are in different colours of the rainbow. The cars in this museum were procured from across the world and included special editions, luxury, and production vehicles.
Visitors to the Emirates National Auto Museum can learn about the history of the modern automobile industry. Also, catch a glimpse into the lives of Arab princes from the 1960s to the 1990s.
There are over two hundred vehicles on display at this classic car museum in Abu Dhabi. Some were used by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan and were even transformed as per the wishes of the Sheikh.
WHAT CAN YOU SEE AT THE EMIRATES NATIONAL AUTO MUSEUM?
As you enter the car museum, you will notice a caravan in the shape of a globe. Adjacent to it lies the car showroom in the shape of a pyramid made out of steel.
The Giant Dodge Power Wagon in the middle of the Emirates National Auto Museum generates great interest and is the perfect spot to take selfies. It is considered to be the largest car in the world, eight times bigger than the original Dodge model, to be exact. The 4-bed truck is a sight to behold.
There are seven Mercedes at the museum, each in a rainbow colour, making for an unbeatable Insta-worthy photo opportunity. The collection of mini-coopers, Citroen 2CV and Lamborghini, are visitor favourites.
For all the Jake Peralta fans in Abu Dhabi, this is your chance to see an NYPD car up close! A keen cinemagoer will recognise the 1950s American and 1970s European limousines from classic Hollywood period films.
In the parking lot, you will find all-terrain vehicles, utility trailers and a car from the beginning of the automobile industry. For any car geek, this is an absolutely captivating experience. You can take your kids along. They are allowed to climb to the top of some military vehicles. a very cool experience in itself!
If we have to select a favourite out of the lot, it would perhaps be the giant Second World War Willys Jeep that is parked with a backdrop of desert sand. The majestic vehicle is very popular with guests.
TIMINGS AND TICKETS
The museum is open all days of the week. The Emirates Car Museum Abu Dhabi timings are as follows.
- Opening Hours: From 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
Each Emirates National Auto Museum Abu Dhabi ticket will cost you AED 50. Children under 10 can visit the museum for free.
For more details, you can contact the museum by calling +971-50-279-2620.
WHERE IS THE EMIRATES NATIONAL AUTO MUSEUM LOCATED?
Locating the car museum in Abu Dhabi is not difficult. It is at the beginning of the Liwa Desert in the Al Gharbia region. You will be taking the road leading to Hamim. Road signs will direct you to the Abu Dhabi car museum. The address is South of Abu Dhabi, Hamim Road, Off E11, Al Dhafra, Abu Dhabi.
WHAT ARE THE TOP MUSEUMS IN DUBAI?
Whether you are a visitor or local, you can find many museums in the emirate that promise a delightful educational experience for everyone. Dubai Museum, Al Shindagha and Saruq Al-Hadid Museum are some of the best museums in Dubai.
That concludes our guide to one of the best car museums in Abu Dhabi. For anyone living or visiting Abu Dhabi, this can be a top attraction on your must-visit list.
Sharjah Classic Car Museum is a good alternative as it includes a collection of prestigious vintage cars similar to those in ENAM.
There are several other museums in Abu Dhabi that might interest you, especially if you love exploring the history of the region.