DUBAI: A unique car designed with UAE coins has been attracting a huge number of visitors who are flocking to the month-long shopping bonanza, Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF).
The car, “Pride of the Emirates,” is a feat achieved by a Pakistani professional who has been displaying it at one of the major car showrooms on Sheikh Zayed Road.
The car has been decorated with around 34,000 coins which are no more in use, like the ones in the denominations of 1, 5 and 10 fils.
“It was my dream to design a car which will not only be unique in the UAE, but also the entire world. No one has so far come up with such an idea and succeeded,” said Tariq Javed, the designer of the car in an exclusive interview with The Gulf Today recently.
Javed’s attachment towards cars dates back to his childhood when he inherited the affinity from his grandfather who loved automobiles.
“I had conceived the idea more than 20 years ago. But it was only in 2010 that everything around me fell in place to achieve my dream,” Javed noted.
“I started decorating the car in October 2010 when my son spared a 1998 model Chevrolet Camaro car and a friend promised to arrange the coins from the UAE Central Bank as the small value coins like 1, 5 and 10 fils were not available in the market.”
Javed used his spare time secretly and attentively to complete designing of the car with coins in 14 months after hard work of 3,000 hours at a facility provided by one of his friends in his business place.
“I had planned and with the grace of Almighty Allah I succeeded in finishing my project in time ahead of the UAE’s 40th National Day. With the support of Munir Mahmood, Chairman of Pakistan Professional Wing and officials of Pakistani mission in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, we unveiled the car on the 40th National Day,” he pointed out.
Since then, Javed has been receiving tremendous appreciation from the national as well as expat communities. The encouragement on social media and Internet from across the world has also been “overwhelming.”
The car, which weighs 160 kilogrammes pasted with around 10-kg of adhesive, has been designed in a way that anyone could detect the fine formation of coins pasted in the pattern of “head” and “tail” repeatedly. The roof of the car is decorated in the form of a UAE map and the middle with a replica of Burj Khalifa made of coins.
“In the early 70s, when I was a college student, I designed a car with a motorcycle engine. I again tried another project to make a replica of a famous sports car brand by using spare parts from old cars. I named my car as “Gocart” and it is still used by a friend in Karachi,” he said. Javed is now looking for a “perfect place like a museum,” where the car can find a permanent destination.