Tour of world’s largest Bentley workshop in Dubai
It’s not often that we get invited to Bentley’s events, but this was probably the most interesting one yet. We were given a tour of Bentley’s service workshop in Dubai, run by Al Habtoor Motors, the UAE dealer for the British brand. This 189,000 square-feet site in the middle of nowhere also happens to be the largest Bentley workshop in the world. They also opened a new dealership in Abu Dhabi, displaying the one-off Bentley EXP-9F 4×4 concept there as well.
They say the huge air-conditioned facility is exclusively for Bentley, although we saw the odd Bugatti, Aston Martin and McLaren lurking around, those also handled by the same dealer. With a hotel-like reception, clean garage floors, classic-car restoration service, casual showroom and abundant air-conditioned workspace, it’s hard to believe that this is the same dealer that also handles Mitsubishi.
As for the Bentley EXP-9F, it is headed for production as they already have a few hundred orders from this region, but there will be some changes to the design. The concept has rightfully suffered a horrendous reception from the media, although it does look imposing in person, and boasts an awesome interior.