Abu Dhabi Auto museum: The collector cars of Rainbow Cheikh

Updated on 03.06.2018

At the gateway to the Liwa Desert, the Abu Dhabi Automobile Museum, is a private collection of cars owned by Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan. You can admire hundreds of vehicles from around the world: luxury cars, special editions or production vehicles. The museum traces part of the history of the world automobile and allows to imagine with nostalgia the life of the Arab princes of the years 1960 to 1990.

Giant car at the Abu Dhabi Automobile Museum, at the gateway to the West Al Gharbia region ©Odyfolio

Genesis of the museum

The Emirates National Auto Museum presents the private collection of Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, nicknamed the Rainbow Sheikh. The presented vehicles have been purchased or offered around the world. Of the two hundred automobiles, some were used, transformed according to the wishes of the Sheikh, but many remained intact. And they would all be working.

Do not miss

The huge Dodge placed in the middle of the museum, which would be the largest car in the world, 64 times larger than the original, in perfect working order.

The seven Mercedes, each one of a rainbow color, for each day of the week.

The collection of mini-cooper, Citroën 2CV and Smart.

A car from the very beginning of the automobile era, all-terrain vehicles, military vehicles, huge utility trailers on the outdoor parking lot.

Outside the museum, several vehicles are parked, including a gigantic mobile home, and a trailer with a globe disproportionate Earth.

Mercedes Benz sedan raised at the entrance of the Abu Dhabi Automobile Museum ©Odyfolio

Collection car of the National Automobile Museum (ENAM) of the emirate of Abu Dhabi ©Odyfolio

Location and practical information

The UAE National Automobile Museum is a 45-minute drive from Abu Dhabi City, at the beginning of the Liwa Desert, in the Al Gharbia region. It is located on the E65 road leading to Hamim. You can also follow the brown road signs of the hotel Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort.

Then you can not miss it: you can see from a distance a big pyramid, on the road there are speed bumps, and on the bottom side a huge Range Rover.

The museum is officially open every day from 9am to 6pm, with some variarions. It can be closed between noon and 2pm. Entrance costs 50AED, free for children under 10 years old.

Access map to the car museum in the desert of Liwa, emirate of Abu Dhabi ©OpenStreetMap contributors

In the neighborhood, no restaurant or shops. After the visit, continue on the road to discover the big empty quarter and visit the oasis of Liwa.

Other tourist sites in the region

Continuing south, you will sink into the desert until you reach the sublime Anantara Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort, where we recommend spending at least one night. At the Hameen locality, you can discover the Liwa Oasis Fort Road that will take you to the Moreeb Dune where sports fans meet to achieve the Grail: succeed with its 4x4 climbing the highest dune United Arab Emirates, dubbed locally dune of horror.

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