Hyundai offers limited-time rewards on Sonata

The 2018 Sonata builds on the model’s legacy stretching back through three decades of success
Updated 10 September 2018

Hyundai offers limited-time rewards on Sonata

Hyundai’s three Saudi distributors — Al-Wallan Motors in Riyadh, Mohammed Yousuf Naghi Motors in Jeddah, and Almajdouie Motors in Dammam — are offering great deals on the current 2018 Hyundai Sonata. With different deals for each region, the company said that the buyers are being offered a combination of big savings, easy payment plans, and free servicing, with more details on specific offers available from local Hyundai showrooms.

“With Sonata already a favorite with buyers in Saudi Arabia, this is a great chance for customers wanting to upgrade from a compact sedan to a more spacious, dynamic, and stylish model, while taking advantage of extremely competitive deals that put Sonata even further ahead of its rivals,” the carmaker said.

The promotion runs until October across all Hyundai showrooms in the Kingdom.

Created at Hyundai’s California Design Studio, the 2018 Sonata builds on the model’s legacy stretching back through three decades of success. For this latest version, the dramatic appearance is highlighted by Hyundai’s signature “Cascading Grille” in front, with sleek styling from front to rear giving the sedan a powerful, dynamic stance.

The interior style matches the exterior appearance, with a premium look and feel, including a sporty three-spoke steering wheel and piano-key buttons to control the audio system and heating, ventilation and air conditioning. The 2018 Sonata can be equipped with an optional seven-inch color display audio touchscreen, and enabled for Apple CarPlay integration. The available navigation system is enhanced with a bird’s-eye-view feature.

Convenience features offered include remote engine start with smart key, so drivers can warm the engine and run the air conditioning before getting into the car. Smartphones can now be charged without a plug using the available wireless charging pad (Qi standard).

Every 2018 Sonata can be equipped with blind spot detection (BSD) with rear cross-traffic alert (RCTA), and front and rear parking assist (PAS). Working in conjunction with the standard rearview camera, RCTA gives drivers peace of mind that the road behind them is clear. 

The Hyundai Sonata features a selection of advanced, all-alloy four-cylinder engines, including 2.4-liter MPI and 2.4 GDI engines, both with six-speed automatic transmission, and a two-liter turbocharged GDI with eight-speed automatic transmission.


Dubai to host Mideast’s first dinosaur auction

Updated 18 August 2019

Dubai to host Mideast’s first dinosaur auction

A massive 155-million-year-old dinosaur skeleton will be up for grabs for lovers of rare collectibles as Emirates Auction announced it will organize the Middle East’s first auction to sell the giant dinosaur skeleton. 

The online auction will be conducted by Emirates Auction, which specializes in organizing and managing public and electronic auctions, at a starting value of 14.6 million dirhams (SR14.9 million, $4 million) and will end on Aug. 25. 

The 24.4-meter-long by 7-meter-high skeleton, which dates back to the Jurassic period, is the first of its kind in the world to be installed at the Dubai Mall. 

Back then the 25-year-old dinosaur weighed up to five elephants and was one of the long-necked herbivorous dinosaurs and has a tail tapering to a long, thin whip-like end to defend itself against predators.

The dinosaur belongs to the Diplodocus longus variety, deriving it from the Greek words “diplos,” meaning “double,” and “dokos” meaning “beam.” 

Nearly 90 percent of the fossil’s bones are original, making it a stunning discovery in the history of palaeontology. The remains of the adult dinosaur were discovered in a sleeping position in 2008 at the Dana Quarry in the US state of Wyoming.

The auction will be an ideal opportunity for those looking for excellence to supplement their collections with a historic masterpiece rarely found around the world.

The specimen was previously displayed at the Houston Museum of Natural Science in the US state of Texas. It was sourced through Khalid Seddiq, founder of Etihad Modern Art Gallery in Abu Dhabi, and was put on permanent display at The Dubai Mall in 2014.

Emirates Auction is a UAE-based auction company in the Middle East. Founded in 2004, the company specializes in automobiles, vehicle license plates, real estate and properties, asset liquidation, VIP mobile numbers, jewelry, time-sensitive items, and heavy machinery, plant and construction equipments. 

Emirates Auction has achieved a number of milestones in a short span of time since its establishment, breaking 10 Guinness World Records along the way.

With increasing annual sales and registered bidders across the UAE, GCC and North Africa states, Russia and other countries across the world, the auctioneer conducts over 200 online and physical auctions per year. The company is credited with significantly contributing to the development of auction concepts in the Arab world.