Dubai-based W Motors has broken ground on the UAE’s first ever automotive manufacturing facility.
W Motors’ Founder and CEO Ralph R. Debbas, together with His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), laid the foundation stone for the facility in Dubai Silicon Oasis.
Spread over 120,000 square feet, the first phase of the project is set to be completed by 2020.
Production of all W Motors vehicles will move to this location including the limited series Fenyr SuperSport, upcoming new vehicles, electric and autonomous models, as well as all vehicles under the company’s Special Projects Division.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum says: “As Dubai continues to consolidate its position as an international testing ground for state-of-the-art technology, it is attracting foreign direct investments, international tech companies, promising start-ups, and innovative entrepreneurs from around the globe.”
Talking at the Shanghai Motor Show in 2019, Ralph R. Debbas, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of W Motors. said: “Electric and autonomous cars are the future, this is undisputed; it is estimated that electric vehicles will make up a massive 40-50% share of the global auto market by 2040, up from around 3% today. The transition from conventional vehicles to electric ones will happen sooner than expected due to cost efficiency and environmental awareness, and a shift in mindset away from car ownership will take this transport model one step further.”
Founded in 2012, W Motors is the first manufacturer of high-performance luxury sports cars in the Middle East.