The Ferrari Owners Club Uae was founded on March 30th 2008 by over 40 owners passionate for the brand and its cars. After only 8 months in existence it has already almost 80 members and that number is rising rapidly.
The club aims to offer two events per month but there are no events between June and September due to the extremely hot weather in the UAE in the summer months. The club has members with more than 20 different nationalities reflecting the highly diverse population of the UAE and aims to organize at least 5 Track events each year using the Dubai Autodrome racetrack and in the near future the new F1 Race track in Abu Dhabi. Other events are of a more social character and include fun drives, gala and charity dinners, family days and our own Polo Day where two Polo Teams fight it out for the annual FOC UAE Polo Cup.
Being a new club in a newly developed region of the world, most of our members own Ferraris that were produced over the past 6 years. Almost half of the members drive the latest models of the Ferrari brand, but we also have members with an F40, Mondial, 348′s, 355′s and 456′s as well as 360′s and 550/575′s. During the summer the club will organize a 2 week tour through parts of Europe (Switzerland and Italy) including a visit to Maranello.
|FOC name||Ferrari Owners Club U.A.E.|
|Foundation||30 March 2008|
|Number of members||76|
|Address||P.O. Box 102 612 Dubai United Arab Emirates|
|Office Manager||Samantha Anderson|
|Events||Paulo Pereira and Alan Jahnig|
|Government Relations||Bahaa Abouhatab|
|Marketing Manager Ferrari MEA||Marco Sambaldi|
Having been a member of the Ferrari Owners Club of UAE for the past 5 years, it is with great honor to be introducing myself as the new President of the Club.
The FOC UAE was launched in March 2008 and has since become a huge success. Many thanks to my predecessor, Fred Kamperman, the Board, and the members who, through their cooperation and combined efforts, have helped to bring the club to the level where it is now.
We have many exciting events throughout the year – track days, leisure drives, gala dinners, family days, and other social gatherings. We also hope to revive our annual gran turismo trips in 2015, where we take our Ferraris on a drive through Europe. The club is also a regular attendee of the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Since 2005 I have developed strong personal relationships with Ferrari, with people involved in the brand directly and indirectly. Racing in the Ferrari Challenge APAC championship, I have fallen in love with the Ferrari DNA. It is my goal to bring these relatoinships to the club and garner more support, with the aim of encouraging member participation and enhancing the experience of our members.
On a more personal note, I feel blessed to have been brought closer to the brand and its lifestyle by the FOC UAE. I have met many people, from all walks of life, and from all corners of the world, who share in one brand, one lifestyle, and one passion. I have made a lot of close friends whom I cherish, and this to me is the essence of the Owners Club idea.