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Sharjah driving licence ban for low-paid workers

Sharjah driving licence ban for low-paid workers


In what amounts to a restriction of personal freedom for people of limited income, UAE’s Sharjah traffic agencies have enacted a ban on issuing driving licences for people in jobs that fall in 100 categories. According to Gulf News, the ban will affect nurses, cooks, carpenters, housemaids, watchmen, tailors, cafeteria waiters, unskilled labourers, gardeners and bakers, among others. The paper confirmed that only Sharjah is implementing the rule.

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2009 Mazda 6 Ultra V6 debuting in UAE

2009 Mazda 6 Ultra V6 debuting in UAE


Few of our readers hinted that a V6-powered Mazda 6 was coming to Dubai. Then reader Ajmal tells me the UAE dealer for Mazda, Galadari Automobiles, will be launching the new car on December 15th of this year. In an interesting move, this V6 model will be the larger American-built version of the Mazda 6.

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First drive: 2009 Ford Flex, Mariner and Fusion

First drive: 2009 Ford Flex, Mariner and Fusion


A couple of weeks ago, Ford Middle East invited us to a two-night all-expenses-paid stay at the Fujairah Rotana resort for the Ford “Ride & Drive” event. The event was designed to give the press some wheel-time with new models such as Ford’s Flex, Fusion and Focus as well as the Mercury Mariner.

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2009-2010 Porsche Panamera official reveal

2009-2010 Porsche Panamera official reveal


As more information of the Porsche Panamera GT trickles out, it is now known that the car will hit European showrooms by the summer of 2009, likely badged as a 2010 model in most markets. The initial launch will only include the Panamera S and the Panamera Turbo models, with a V6 and a hybrid joining the range later. Expect a GCC launch sometime later next year.

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2009 Toyota Innova hits Dubai roads

2009 Toyota Innova hits Dubai roads


Having spotted a fresh-looking Toyota Innova on the roads, I realised that the 2009 model has received a facelift and quietly released in Dubai. Not that anyone cares, but it remains a spacious family alternative to cramped 4WDs.

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Scuderia 250: Middle East supercar club

Scuderia 250: Middle East supercar club


An outfit called Scuderia 250, touted to be the Middle East’s first exclusive supercar club, will be launched in December this year, with operations beginning early next year. It is not a club in the traditional sense, but more like you pay a huge membership fee, and then gain access to a fleet of exotic cars for brief periods of time, for personal use.

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2009-2010 Mazda 3 fully revealed

2009-2010 Mazda 3 fully revealed


The all-new Mazda 3 has been revealed at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show. So far, it looks like it will be called a 2010 model in America, although European markets will call it a 2009. The sedan was shown at the L.A. show, while photos of the hatchback have just been released. A UAE release should happen by early next year.

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