about the book


This is a first-of-a-kind pictorial coffee-table book on the motoring heritage of UAE. To be released in a bilingual format (English & Arabic), the pictorial book will be dedicated to the motor cars 

owned & driven by the visionary founding father of the United Arab Emirates. 

Although more from the fin-age than 

vintage, His Highness did own an eclectic mix of motor cars. He preferred large American cars for comfort and 

the iconic British 4WDs such as Land Rovers & Range Rovers to navigate the harsh desert terrain, when off-roading, 

while his love for the ‘three-pointed star’ Mercedes-Benz is too well known. 

Unlike royals elsewhere sitting behind 

a chauffeur, much like in real life, he was seen at the steering wheel, choosing to be in control and in command. 

The author documents the hitherto 

un-researched automotive history of this young & dynamic motor-loving nation. 

Published to commemorate HH’s birth centenary (Year of Zayed 1918 - 2018), and in time for the EXPO2020 in Dubai, the book will serve as a memorial, a tribute to one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century. With rare photographs the book will tell the visual tale of the transition from Camels to Cadillacs.


Patrick Rollet


The book by Mohammed Luqman Ali Khan, a renowned and respected researcher and expert in vintage and classic cars, has the great merit to provide  a unique array of unpublished photographs and stories about the underrated automotive history of this young and dynamic motor loving nation.

In his own way, in his own environment Sheikh Zayed contributed to what is today's mission of FIVA (Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens), the international federation for historic vehicles: to protect preserve and promote world motoring heritage.

His Excellency Mohammed Ben Sulayem


This book by renowned classic cars expert Mohammed Luqman Ali Khan is a valuable contribution to the UAE history. 

It further documents, analyses and communicates the legacy our Founder, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan by telling the story of his appreciation of automotive heritage and passion for vintage and classic cars.

media coverage

The National


Khaleej Times


AbuDhabi World (English)


Abu Dhabi World (Arabic)


Press Release (London, U.K.)


Gulf Today


about the author

Mohammed Luqman Ali Khan is a Hyderabad-born 

freelance Journalist and TV Presenter. 

As Channel Head & Lead Anchor of Hyderabad’s 1st 7/24 English News Channel HY TV, he produced and hosted numerous TV programs including the interview show ‘Straight-Talk’ and 

the ‘60 Minutes’ series.

After obtaining two postgraduate degrees M.Com & MBA from the prestigious Osmania University, he moved to England for further studies where he obtained an 

ACIM from The Chartered Institute of Marketing. 

 As an avid Retromobilist, he chronicles & researches veteran, edwardian, vintage & classic cars. 

His other interests are Art, Architecture & Antiques. He has authored two books "Automobiles of the Nizams" and "Automobiles of Sheikh Zayed"

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