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A CELEBRATION OF THE FINEST

Arab Car of the Year (ARABCOTY) is one of the most prestigious automotive accolades in the Middle East. The ARABCOTY is an annual celebration of the best cars in automotive engineering, design, and innovation, judged and evaluated by a panel of independent world-class motoring journalists.
 

Granted in almost all car categories - from sedans and sports cars through to SUVs and crossovers, the ARABCOTY awards honor the most aesthetically exciting, technologically advanced, and powerful cars on the market based on four key criteria: design, performance, safety, & technology.

OCT 2023

DUBAI - UAE

Jury Panel

TAREK HAWCHAR

Tarek Hawchar

Editor-in-Chief  |  Maqina Magazine

Automotive journalist, his debut in the automotive world was in 2013 as the Country Manager of the renowned BBC TopGear in Qatar.

In 2015, he founded Maqina, now a leading print and digital automotive magazine in the Middle Eas and a trusted source of information for car enthusiasts and professionals in the automotive industry, providing comprehensive coverage of the latest cars and trends.
 

CHARLIE COOKSEY

Charlie Cooksey

Partner  |  Gulf Insider & Bahrain Confidential

Automotive journalist and presenter for leading print and online lifestyle publications Gulf Insider and Bahrain Confidential, he has tested and driven hundreds of cars in the Middle East and across the world. 

Born and raised in England, then relocating to the Middle East in 2017 and now a partner of the Gulf Insider Media Group which is based in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
 

FAYYADH AL DOSERI

FAYADH AL DOSERI

Car Collector & Blogger

Known as He_Drives, Fayadh is a successful car collector from Bahrain, renowned for his ability to curate some of the rarest and most sought-after Japanese and driver-focused vehicles in the world. His collection is a true masterpiece, reflecting his love and appreciation for cars that prioritize the driving experience.

As a content creator, Fayadh captivates audiences with his informative and engaging videos and articles that showcase his passion for Japanese and driver-focused cars. He offers valuable insights into the world of these vehicles, with a unique blend of expertise and creativity that has earned him fans from all over the GCC region 

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Abu Bandr

Automotive Blogger

Known as NMR2500, he is the founder of Al-Bandar channel for car
reviews and prices. A car enthusiast and a professional Off-Roader,
he has reviewed more than two thousand cars alone.

ORESTE DEL RIO

Oreste Del Rio

Editor-in-Chief  |  Middle Eastern Magazine

An energetic, vibrant, and authoritative voice of urban Middle Eastern men. Middle Eastern magazine showcases the latest trends in entertainment, fashion, lifestyle, business, cars, gizmos, fitness, books, watches, perfumes, travel, technology, and just about everything that gets men energized. 

FADI TAKIEDDINE

Fadi Takieddine

Journalist | Multiple Media Outlets

A well-known Arabic Automotive Journalist worked with many prestigious titles such as Top Gear, wheels and many others.

His passion for cars, especially the sporty ones, was the main reason Fadi made the tough decision to leave the Human Resources high ranking position he once held and devote his entire schedule to write about what he likes to call “the charming machine with four wheels”.

Despite the accumulated experience he gained over the years as an Automotive Journalist, Fadi still considers himself to be that young man fascinated by cars and engines, because for him Automotive Journalism is a passion…not just a profession.

GHAITH AL FALASI

Ghaith Al Falasi

FIA Certified Race-Car Driver

Ghaith started his racing career in 2000 - winning his debut race in 2003. Inspired by the win, Ghaith has achieved great success in the professional racing scene, winning multiple local and international competitions.

 

Fueled by a strong passion for speed, Ghaith branched his career into karting and drifting, dominating competitions and winning numerous awards for his daring adventures. Today, Ghaith continues his passion by testing cars to the limit in his authentic approach.

GILBERT RAHME

Gilbert Rahme

Owner/Editor-in-Chief  |  AutoLiban Magazine

Started his career in the automotive industry as a motoring journalist in AUTOLIBAN magazine in 2003 and he became the owner and the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine in 2008.

He participated in numerous international drive events for all major brands worldwide and in 2014, he launched “QUICK SHIFT”, an automotive program on LBCI TV and LDC TV as Editor and Presenter.

MOHAMED AL SABBAHI

Mohamed Al Sabbahi

Automotive Blogger

Known as 6qb9, Mohamed is a content creater and a Film maker, he has the largest automotive channel in the Sultanate of Oman and he holds various car testing certificates.

RASHID NAINAI

Rashid Nainai

Rally Driver

A professional 4X4 rally driver who has been active in the sport since 1975. He is known for his exceptional driving skills and has won multiple championships over the course of his career.

 

He has competed in some of the toughest rallies in the Middle East.

In addition to his rally driving, he is also a skilled stunt driver. He has worked on numerous film and television productions, providing his expertise and driving skills for action sequences.

NABIL MOUSTAFA

Nabil Moustafa

Editor-in-Chief  |  Motor283

Nabil has an extensive experience in Auto Journalism for more than 15 years, a well known figure in the Auto world and has led several auto platforms throughout the year.

 

Nabil is also the founder and Editor in Chief of Motor283.

MEHRNOOSH NEMAT

Mehrnoosh Nemat

Automotive Blogger

The first iranian female car blogger residing in Dubai and have an unconditional love for the automotive industry.

Mehrnoosh leads her own show "Verrazh" on Gem TV, the leading Iranian channel.

Alaa Tarawneh

Alaa Tarawneh

Motorsport Manager

Specialized in Marketing Communications and Digital Marketing, Alaa has over 13 years of experience in the automotive sector within the Middle East region.
 
Beyond his work Alaa is also a professional racing athlete with multiple awards under his belt in Karting / Drifting / Auto cross and Sim Racing which gave him the advantage in connecting both personal and professional life together as the ultimate combo. 
 

AHMAD AL NASHASH

Ahmad Al-Nashash

Automotive Blogger

An automotive content creator, a name that resonates within the automotive community in the Middle East. Having spearheaded numerous automotive websites during his time in the automotive journalism space.

 

He now creates his own content, and looks after the most exclusive cars you can imagine as well as moving them around the world to be enjoyed. 

Ahmed Ammar

Ahmed Ammar

Editor-in-chief  |  Auto Zone

Founder and editor-in-chief of Auto Zone magazine, a leading automotive platform in the Middle East. He is an electrical engineer who started his career in automotive journalism 20 years ago.

 

Passionate about cars and speed, Ammar is a speed freak who loves fast and reliable cars and enjoys driving different types of vehicles.

Ammar covers the Middle East and Egyptian automotive markets from two offices in Cairo and Dubai. He also has a large following on social media, where he shares his views and experiences on the latest car news, reviews, and features.

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Rana El Hayek

Automotive Blogger

An accomplished electromechanical engineer who made the decision to pursue a career in the field of automotive mechanics driven by the fusion of her passion for automobiles with her professional journey. 
In doing so, she aims to exemplify that women are fully capable of excelling in this field.

MOHAMED KHALED

Mohamed Khaled

Automotive Blogger

Born and rasied in the United Arab Emirates, Mohamed is an automotive blogger based in Dubai, he graduated with honors from the American University of Sharjah with a bachelor degree of Mechanical Engineering and Masters of Engineering Management from University of Wollongong in Dubai.

His passion for cars was inherited from his father and has grown into his trademark brand, MK ON ROAD where he provides useful organic information about the automotive industry and delivers honest reviews.
 

Jury Panel

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Agenda

Agenda

OCTOBER 2023

18:00

Reception

18:30

Opening Ceremony

18:45

Awards Giving

19:30

Gala Dinner

ATTENDANCE IS BY INVITATION ONLY

DRESS CODE: FORMAL / TUXEDO

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The Venue

TBA

Dubai - United Arab Emirates

The Venue

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Guest of Honor
Champion Nasser Al Attiyah

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Special Guests

Special Guests
More Guests to be confirmed

Mohammad Al Amer

Mohamed Al Amer

+ 675K followers on Instagram

+ 1M (1 Million) view on SnapChat

 Kuwaiti based Automotive & Lifestyle blogger.

Pan Arab exposure with 60% in Kuwait & 30% in Gulf countries and 10% in Middle East.

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KARIM HADDAD

Karim Haddad

+ 482K Followers on Instagram.

Based in Dubai, Karim is an entrepreneur who became an influencer known for his unique content of luxury Watches & Cars. 

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Wadia 

+ 36K Followers on tiktok

Wadia Queen, known as WadiaCars is a content creator and is one of the first Saudi ladies to become an enthusiastic car blogger. 

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Tarek Al Musa

Tarek Al Musa

+ 39.7K Followers on Instagram.

An avid car collector and expert based in Qatar.
​Board member of Qatar Classic Cars and previously a board member of Qatar Supercars.

He is also a member of Gulf Classic Cars Association.

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Adel Habib

Adel Habib

A journalist and editor who is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Sharp Magazine Middle East, a luxury lifestyle publication based in Dubai.

 

He has also previously served as the Editor-in-Chief of Top Gear Magazine Middle East. Adel has over 20 years of experience in the media industry, working in various roles in print, digital, and broadcast media.

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