Category Archives: Automibiles & Motoring

A-MAP and Fasttrack announce 15% discount on Solite Batteries  

A-MAP and Fasttrack announce 15% discount on Solite Batteries  Exclusively at Fasttrack

This new offer strengthens the partnership between the two companies!

Dubai, 15th August 2017: Al-Muqarram Auto Spare Parts Trading (A-MAP) steps up another gear in strengthening its business bonds with this exclusive offer in collaboration with Fasttrack, the popular vehicle repair and maintenance centres.

The offer is valid until the 30th September 2017.

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Federal-Mogul Motorparts strengthens strategic partnership with Rolman

Federal-Mogul Motorparts strengthens strategic partnership with Rolman

Extensive distribution network sees premium automotive parts brand gain market share in the UAE and MENA region

Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul LLC, has strengthened its strategic partnership with regional distributor Rolman World to advance its premium automotive parts in the Middle Eastern market.

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Tesla Opens First Store and Service Centre in Dubai, UAE

Tesla Opens First Store and Service Centre in Dubai, UAE


Tesla has officially opened its first retail store and service centre in Dubai, UAE.  The new 17,000 square feet store and service centre is located on Sheikh Zayed Road, opposite to the BurjKhalifa and The Dubai Mall Metro Station.


With both award-winning, all-electric Model S and Model X on show, the store will also include the Tesla design studio and the dual motor Model S rolling chassis.  More than 3 million people worldwide visit Tesla retail stores every year to learn about electric vehicle technology in a low-pressure, educational environment.


Customers in the UAE who wish to sign up for a test drive can do so at


Tesla announced its arrival in both the UAE and Jordan earlier this year, inviting customers to visit the online design studio and order the Tesla vehicle that best suits their lifestyle. First orders of Model S and Model X vehicles already arrived in the UAE in June 2017.


In addition to convenient home charging, Tesla has designed the most sophisticated electric vehicle charging network in the world, including Superchargers and Destination chargers, so owners can travel wherever and whenever they want.


With two Supercharger sites in the UAE and three more planned by the end of the year, allowing drivers to recharge their vehicles in minutes rather than hours, Tesla also has 32 Destination Charging locations now available, with at least 18 more operational in the next six months.


With an industry-leading NEDC range of up to 632 km, Tesla’s award-winning Model S is designed from the ground up to be the safest, most exhilarating car on the road. Model S delivers unparalleled performance through Tesla’s unique, all-electric powertrain and accelerates from 0 to 100 kph in just 2.7 seconds.


Model X is the safest, fastest and most capable SUV on the road. With standard all-wheel drive and up to 565 km of range (NEDC) on a single charge, Model X fits an active lifestyle and includes ample seating for seven adults and all of their gear. Model X is incredibly fast, accelerating from zero to 100 kph in as quickly as 3.1 seconds.


Prices start from AED281,350 for Model S and AED332,500 for Model X.

Tristar steps up safety awareness for heavy vehicle drivers as temperature soars in the UAE

Tristar steps up safety awareness for heavy vehicle drivers as temperature soars in the UAE

Dubai, UAE; June 27, 2017: As the UAE temperature soars to 50 degrees, Tristar Group’s Health and Safety Department has designed a special training program for truck drivers to manage fatigue, use safer routes, avoid road rage, and take extra care when driving in the scorching heat.

The programme makes sure that workload is well distributed among the drivers in such a way that long hauls and difficult trips do not fall on the same drivers all the time. The scheduling unit of Tristar remains connected with customers and proactively plans deliveries to avoid the hours when the sun’s rays are the strongest. The journey management unit monitors the drivers’ working hours and supervisors make sure they stay hydrated always, with proper measures taken by the workshop unit to ensure that tires and air conditioning in the vehicles are in great condition.

To ensure roads are safe from Tristar road tankers and trailers during the summer months, a mandatory pre-trip safety briefing session is carried out by a supervisor with the driver before each dispatch during which the physical condition of the drivers is checked, route hazards are explained, Tristar road safety golden rules are reminded, and vehicle fitness is checked to ensure safe journey.

Tristar General Manager for HSE, Quality and Sustainability, Muhammad Akber, explains: “All our vehicles are fitted with online GPS tracking system which is monitored by dedicated team on 24×7 basis at Tristar headquarter for any speeding, harsh braking, harsh acceleration, route deviation and unauthorized stoppage.”

He added that all Tristar drivers are given a Stop Work Card signed by the Group CEO which empowers drivers to refuse a trip if they are tired or have already completed their prescribed duty hours.

Tristar Assistant General Manager for Operations, Arundhan Alphonse, comments: “If they feel tired or are not well, they should stop at a safe location and call their supervisor and rest until they feel better. Our Journey Management team is highly vigilant to keep track of working hours and driving hours during the summer season.”


RTA’s Dubai Taxi Corporation is using FMS-Tech. Telematics Technology for its Limousine Service


RTA’s Dubai Taxi Corporation is using FMS-Tech. Telematics Technology for its Limousine Service

06 June, Dubai, UAE: FMS Tech., a global telematics systems provider, along with its business partner in Dubai and Northern Emirates, Technologica, has been awarded a project with Dubai Taxi Corporation, subsidiary of RTA, for the supply and installation of FMS Tech.’s Telematics device on DTC fleet and FMS Tech. Device Management Platform.

The project will include over 100 telematics parameters obtained by the FMS TECH. device from limousine vehicles and sent across to the RTA RMS (Regulatory Monitoring System) Platform. This data is then analyzed to evaluate the performance of the drivers and vehicles by DTC’s fleet managers and relayed to the drivers to improve their driving habits. Road safety is only one aspect that the new system will aim to enhance, as it will also aid in better understanding driver routes and reducing car idle time, which will in turn reduce costs and improve the over-all customer experience.

“We are very proud and honored to be selected to take this project on-board by Dubai Taxi Corporation. We are keen on working on this project further and aid Dubai’s, RTA’s and DTC’s Smart City vision. We look forward to seeing the results that the new devices will achieve for RTA and assist in paving the way to safer and more connected roads.” Said Bassam Alkassar, CEO of FMS Tech.

The new innovation from FMS Tech. FMS Track 2000 IoT, records all data pertaining to driver behavior, vehicle location, vehicle status, and engine status and performance, and vehicle and engine maintenance and send all these data on predefined very short interval across the GSM network to the RTA RMS platform. The device supports the new Message Queue Telemetry Transport (MQTT) protocol, JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) data structure, and operate with the latest secure channel TLS 1.2 and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) standards.

This new on-board computer is FMS Tech.’s latest black box innovation with embedded GPS and GSM connectivity, 9 configurable inputs, Driver identification that uses multiple RFID standards, in addition to an unlimited number of thresholds and device configurations.

“Our engineers have worked very hard to ensure that all RTA’s requirements are met in a timely manner, and that the device to be customizable for future modification and enhancements. Our partner, Technologica in Dubai- UAE , have already begun installing the devices and supporting DTC on this project”, added Bassam AlKassar.

The project will see these devices installed in 113 limousines initially, and will be expanded at a later stage.

A-MAP finds encouragement in aftermarket auto spare parts upswing in UAE

A-MAP finds encouragement in aftermarket auto spare parts upswing in UAE

Dubai seen as hub for MENA region spare parts upsurge.
Dubai, June 6th, 2017: As demand increases in both domestic and regional markets the growth of the auto spare parts aftermarket in Dubai is witnessing positively high growth. This includes unparalleled interest in workshop equipment, tires and batteries, electronics and systems, parts and components, repairs and maintenance, accessories and customizing, car reconditioning etc.
A delighted Mr. Asad Badami, Managing Director at A-MAP said “According to analysts Frost & Sullivan (F&S), the Middle East spare parts market was valued at $12.98 billion in 2015 and is estimated to grow six per cent annually to reach $17.27 billion by 2020.This means the Gulf market for auto components is buoyant and progressing towards significant growth over the next 3 years. These market indicators are extremely encouraging and offers A-MAP the perfect opportunity to capitalize on these opportunities and ride the growth wave. As a Dubai-based company we see ourselves in the right place at the right time”.
As market demand and distributor growth rises in Middle East markets, A-MAP believes that Dubai is the ideal destination for regional and international buyers of auto spare parts.
A-MAP is one of the frontrunners in the auto spare parts market in the Emirates.
It represents leading brands in auto spare parts, in particular the popular Solite and Asimco product range. Last year an agreement was also signed with an Indonesian firm for distribution of Achilles Tires. In constant search of expansion, A-MAP’s product team plan to increase their portfolio with the launch of new brands in the near future.

Besides its reputed range of world-class products, A-MAP has the competitive edge due to its strategic direct distribution business approach. The company’s 360-degree customer service has been a key factor in its success.

A-MAP recently attended Automechanika 2017, the largest international auto aftermarket trade fair in the Middle East which was an outstanding success for A-MAP, showcasing the latest products and innovations. Feedback from trade buyers and exhibitors also indicates a surge of interest in truck parts and equipment, bearings, lubricants and workshop equipment.

Nasser Bin Abdullatif Alserkal Est. and Dubai Municipality breaks ground for modern AED 10 Million Truck Tyre Centre project

Nasser Bin Abdullatif Alserkal Est. and Dubai Municipality breaks ground for modern AED 10 Million Truck Tyre Centre project

New facility to address demand for professional trucking facilities and services in the UAE

June 5, 2017

Nasser Bin Abdullatif Alserkal Est., the sole importer and distributor of Bridgestone brand tires for Dubai and the Northern Emirates within the UAE, in partnership with Dubai Municipality, has successfully broken ground for the construction of a modern AED 10 million Alserkal Bridgestone Truck Tyre Centre. The new facility, which spans across 52,000 square feet, is part of Alserkal’s strategic retail expansion plan and will be built within the truck and heavy equipment market in the Al Ruwwaya area of Dubai.

The ground-breaking ceremony was led by officials from both Nasser Bin Abdullatif Alserkal Est., Dubai Municipality and Bridgestone Middle East & Africa, which included Ahmad Bin Eisa Alserkal, Vice Chairman, Nasser Bin Abdullatif Alserkal; Ahmed Abdul Karim, Assistant Director General for Public Support, Dubai Municipality; Eng. Jumaa Al Fakaii, Director of Property Management Department, Dubai Municipality; Faisal Al Badiaoui, Director of Market Management, Dubai Municipality; Eng. Omar Abdulrahman, Head of Investment Department, Dubai Municipality; along with representatives from Bridgestone ME. Also present during the event were senior representatives from RTA, Dubai Police, Emirates Transport, Dubai Government Workshop, ENOC Lubricants, and Enoc Tasjeel.


Recent industry reports have shown that truck market sales in the UAE are expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8 percent until 2021. With this in mind, industry analysts have lauded the Alserkal Bridgestone Truck Tyre Centre as both timely and strategic, as it is expected to cater to cover the increasing demand for a professional trucking centre and facility for the UAE. The new centre, which is up for completion during the end of the first quarter of 2018, will be staffed with certified and highly- experienced trucking maintenance managers and technicians–in full compliance of set international standards and best practices in heavy vehicle maintenance.


“Dubai Municipality is happy to partner with Nasser Bin Abdullatif Alserkal Est. for the development of a modern and innovative truck centre in Al Ruwwaya3. The centre is expected to add positive value in the continuing efforts to provide excellent, safe, healthy, environmentally friendly and accessible services, which in turn, will further reinforce the strategic vision of Dubai Municipality towards sustainability, development of strategic partnerships and the efficient management of financial assets,” said Ahmed Abdul Karim, Assistant Director General for public support, Dubai Municipality.


“The transport and commercial movement for import and re-export of trucks and heavy equipment will continue its growth for the trucking and heavy equipment segment, accompanied by a continuously increasing demand for a facility that can service and address all trucking needs of heavy vehicles passing through Dubai’s roads. This new centre, once completed, will be the first ever truck and heavy equipment facility that will combine all trucks and heavy vehicles in one location.” said Eng. Jumaa Al Fakaii, Director of Property Management Department, Dubai Municipality.


“We are honoured to be part of Bridgestone’s success in the UAE. Our partnership with Dubai Municipality represents a strategic retail investment that will help Bridgestone and Nasser Bin Abdullatif Alserkal grow faster across a very dynamic transportation sector. Over the years, we have enjoyed strong partnerships with both Bridgestone and Dubai Municipality and the establishment of this new trucking centre will allow us the opportunity to further reinforce our ties and help drive in more growth”, said Ahmad Bin Eisa Alserkal, Vice Chairman, Nasser Bin Abdullatif Alserkal Est.


The centre will house a truck wash, repair facility and a registration & insurance counter–providing a complete solution to private, fleet and transport companies. The Alserkal Bridgestone Truck Tyre Centre will also be offering preventive maintenance services (PM) for trucks and trailers, which include oil, lube and filter service; DOT annual inspections; electrical repairs for lights, charging and starting; brake adjustments, repair and replacements; wheel-end work; and minor body repair services.


“Alserkal Bridgestone Truck Tyre Center is being positioned as the first one stop show for truck owners and transport companies, with a total of 148 rentals from the Dubai Municipality as well as the owners of trucks and transport companies outside the market, which will help meet the growing expectations of transporters on quality products and services,” concluded Tariq Al Rasheed, Director Retail & Marketing, Nasser Bin Abdul Latif Alserkal Est.