By Aya Lowe gulfnews.com
Arabian Automobiles, the exclusive dealer of Nissan, Infiniti and Renault in Dubai and the northern emirates has launched the UAE’s first 24-hour service facility.
The new facility located in Al Aweer aims to service 300 cars a day and accommodate the company’s predicted double digit growth over the next year as well as its increased fleet servicing business it will complete for RTA, Dubai and Sharjah taxi’s.
“The significant financial investment in these improved facilities is intended to meet the need for greater servicing and body repair capacity in the future, not only from our retail customers but also from our corporate sectors,” said Michel Ayat, CEO of Arabian Automobiles at the opening.
The UAE automotive industry is seeing the highest growth in the region according to Ayat.
“In the first quarter of this year growth in the UAE was 16 per cent based on figures from Middle East Automobile Council. Growth for the rest of the region was only 5 per cent,” said Ayat. Arabian Automobile’s growth was 22 per cent, higher than the 16 per cent UAE growth rate.
Despite a reduction in capacity following the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Atsuo Kosaka, managing director of Nissan Middle East said that Nissan’s recovery speed was the fastest from all Japanese car manufacturers due to the location of their manufacturing factories. While the factories were not damaged, it is the supply of affected spare parts and components.
“The damage in Japan was tremendous. From a manufacturer side the Nissan team was working hard form morning to night. While the capacity is very much diminished, Nissan’s recovery was the fastest in the industry,” said Kosaka.
The Japanese market share in the UAE automotive industry is 72 per cent.
According to Ayat, between 20 to 25 per cent of the local automobile industry is export business.
To prevent a shortage of products and supplies, they have stopped their export business and dedicated the stock to customers here.
“The demand in the export market is more than before in 2011 because of the shortage of the products. It is a big problem if the distributors continue to favour the exports. We are giving the domestic markets preference by stopping our export business,” Ayat told Gulf News.