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1000 Miglia race in February across 7 emirates

1000 Miglia race in February across 7 emirates

The first ever 1000 Miglia Experience UAE Jubilee Edition will take place from February 18th to 22nd in 2022. This is the first time this event will take place outside of its homeland in Brescia, Italy and will be held under the same rules as the famous original 1000 Miglia. One hundred cars from all corners of the world will take part in this invitation-only event.

VIP participants from the world of art, business and sport, all united by their passion and love of the automobile and their desire to put their precious possessions to the ultimate test – the 1000 Miglia, a 1000-mile (1,600km) trial of endurance, navigational ability and teamwork.

The event route has been charted to touch all the seven emirates over a period of five days.

  • 18th February, Friday, Leg 1: Expo Dubai to Al Ain
  • 19th February, Saturday, Leg 2: Al Ain to Fujairah
  • 20th February, Sunday, Leg 3: Fujairah to Ras Al Khaimah
  • 21st February, Monday, Leg 4: Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Ul Quwain, Ajman and Sharjah to Dubai
  • 22nd February, Tuesday, Leg 5: Dubai to Abu Dhabi

The 1000 Miglia Experience UAE Jubilee Edition will commence its journey from the iconic EXPO exhibition in Dubai. At a venue that celebrates the future and alternative energy, these gasoline-powered vehicles will be on display for an entire day. This will give the Expo visitors too, an opportunity to see the world’s rarest and most exceptional automobiles, many of which have never been seen before in the UAE. Rarer would be the chance to mingle with our invited celebrities, VIP drivers, and media guests.

Left to right: Alberto Piantoni, Chief Executive Officer, 1000 Miglia Srl | Aldo Bonomi, President of the Automobile Club of Brescia, owner of the 1000 Miglia brand and sole shareholder of 1000 Miglia srl | HE Nicola Lerner, Ambassador of Italy to the United Arab Emirates | Martin Halder, Chief Executive Officer and CEO, Octanium Experiences LLC | First Lieutenant Khalid Al Helali, Dubai Police | Mahir Badri, CEO, Emirates Motorsport Organization | James Walker, host and founder of brand MrJWW

From the flag off at EXPO, the race travels through the exotic garden oasis city of Al Ain, the winding roads of Jebel Hafeet, (along with an exciting race trial that is yet to be revealed), the quick paced highways of the Eastern Mountains, the stunning coves and dramatic coastline of Fujairah, moving to the most challenging leg of the race: the vertiginous, towering peak of Jebel Jais – a  continuous series of switchbacks and hair-raising steep drops coupled with rising altitude that will put vintage engines to the test. Cruising over to a more relaxed run back, the race covers the stunning mangroves of Umm Al Quwain, Ajman’s charming hamlets before stopping for lunch at the magnificent House of Wisdom in Sharjah, designed by Norman Foster.

After a second stopover in Dubai in the bustling downtown of skyscrapers the 1000-mile race will head to Abu Dhabi for a grand finish at the home of UAE motorsport – Yas Marina Circuit. There, the participants must undergo one final test of concentration, handling and vehicle stamina before they can finally claim they have successfully completed the 1000 Miglia Experience UAE Jubilee Edition and move on to a well-deserved gala night of celebration at the Emirates Palace Hotel. World-famous brands Chopard has been declared to be the Official Timekeeper and Carrera as the Official Eyewear of the 1000 Miglia Experience UAE Jubilee Edition.

Aldo Bonomi, President of the Automobile Club of Brescia, owner of the 1000 Miglia brand and sole shareholder of 1000 Miglia srl, said: “The 1000 Miglia Experience UAE – Jubilee Edition project allows us to bring the spirit that animates the Red Arrow to a territory that has not been explored until now, with the aim of transmitting the emotions, passion, experiences and sporting vocation of the Race that only 1000 Miglia can give.”

 “The history of 1000 Miglia, from its birth in 1927 to the present day, is a fascinating journey full of inspiration and ideas that go beyond a simple motoring event.” 1000 Miglia CEO Alberto Piantoni looks back on the journey. Since its inception, 1000 Miglia was considered an event equal to a speed Grand Prix held on a circuit and since 1977, the historical re-enactment has been transformed into the most important regularity race for classic cars in the world, the Red Arrow, which has remained faithful to the traditional route.”

Octanium CEO Martin Halder concludes that this amazing race is just the start as hehopes to connect classic car lovers and collectors in the UAE to a host of events and opportunities worldwide.

About 1000 Miglia

The 1000 Miglia is widely recognised today as the Most Beautiful Race in the World. Conceived by Giovanni Canestrini, Franco Mazzotti, Aymo Maggi and Renzo Castagneto on 2nd December 1926 as a speed race on open public roads, the 1000 Miglia takes place over a route of 1,600 kilometers (equal to 1000 miles) from Brescia to Rome and back. The initial race began on 26th March 1927; 21 hours, 4 minutes, and 48 seconds later it was won by Ferdinando Minoja and Giuseppe Morandi in a Brescia-built OM 665 Superba.

Since 1977, the 1000 Miglia has transformed into the most important regularity race in the world for historic cars. The Red Arrow, as it is fondly called, remains faithful to the original route crossing Italy and its exquisite local regions. 1000 Miglia celebrates its 94th birthday in 2021, still holding firm to its founding values of Uniqueness, Experience, Passion, Excellence, Tradition, and Innovation. The official events of Mille Miglia in the US, Japan and the UAE attract participation from over 40 countries in the world.

About 1000 Miglia Experience UAE Jubilee Edition – who can take part?

The 1000 Miglia Experience UAE Jubilee Edition is an invitation-only event open to 100 owners of landmark automobiles, from legendary classics to iconic supercars of the modern era. Three classes of vehicle can take part in the 1000 Miglia Experience UAE Jubilee Edition.

Left to right: Alberto Piantoni, Chief Executive Officer, 1000 Miglia Srl
Aldo Bonomi, President of the Automobile Club of Brescia, owner of the 1000 Miglia brand and sole shareholder of 1000 Miglia srl
HE Nicola Lerner, Ambassador of Italy to the United Arab Emirates
Martin Halder, Chief Executive Officer and CEO, Octanium Experiences LLC
First Lieutenant Khalid Al Helali, Dubai Police
Mahir Badri, CEO, Emirates Motorsport Organization
James Walker, host and founder of brand MrJWW

  • 1000 Miglia Registry Class, for cars manufactured between 1927 and 1957 that have competed at least once in the original 1000 Miglia race, officially registered in the 1000 Miglia Registryand pertaining to the 1000 Miglia coefficient list.
  • UAE Jubilee class for cars manufactured up to 1971 (the founding year of our host nation, the United Arab Emirates.) Vehicles should possess a valid FIVA card.
  • Contemporary Icons, for distinctive or historic automobiles manufactured from 1971 onwards.