New Renault Megane RS launches in Middle East

The new Renault Megane RS alludes to Renault’s competitive racing heritage in its design. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 09 January 2019
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New Renault Megane RS launches in Middle East

Renault Middle East has launched the Renault Megane RS into the market. As the newest member of the Megane family, this vehicle sets the benchmark within the C-segment sport market offering an “unrivaled” driving experience both on and off the racetrack.

“With motorsports in its genes, the Renault Megane RS comes complete with a new generation 1.8-liter turbo engine delivering 280 horsepower and 390 Nm. Equipped with a chain-driven timing system, the state-of-the-art engine also boasts reduced CO2 emissions and fuel consumption. Just like a race car, the Renault Megane RS also comes with a dual-clutch EDC automatic gearbox and steering wheel-mounted gearshift paddles to withstand greater torque and revs while providing a smooth, reliable drive,” the company said in a press release.

When it comes to the chassis and suspension system, the Renault engineers have introduced 4CONTROL technology on the new Megane IV RS This four-wheel steering system is a world-first in the segment, delivering agility on tight turns and cornering stability at high speeds.

Marwan Haidamous, managing director, Renault Middle East, said: “The Renault Megane RS has been eagerly awaited by sports driving enthusiasts in the Middle East who look for high performance, comfort and a dynamic aesthetic. The Megane RS is for everyday use and the cutting-edge technologies that the new model brings, will definitely meet our customers’ demand in the Middle East.”

The new Megane RS alludes to Renault’s competitive racing heritage in its design, with a wide air intake in the front bumper incorporating an F1-style front blade as well as the specially developed “Tonic Orange” color, sculpted body sides, 3D honeycomb-pattern grill mesh and a multi-reflector LED lighting system. Inside, drivers can enjoy spacious seating, luxurious upholstery and aluminum pedals with a specially designed gearshift lever.

Harnessing cutting-edge technology, the Renault Megane RS features an audio system engineered in conjunction with Bose and a completely revised RS monitor and touchscreen tablet displaying key settings from acceleration, braking, steering wheel angle, 4CONTROL system, temperature control and pressures. Driver aids such as emergency braking assist, overspeed alert, blind spot warning and easy park assist are also in place for safety.


Al-Habtoor receives members of Dubai Police’s Esaad

Updated 15 January 2019
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Al-Habtoor receives members of Dubai Police’s Esaad

Khalaf Al-Habtoor, founding chairman of the Al-Habtoor Group, received a delegation from the Dubai Police Esaad Program Committee at the Al-Habtoor Group head office on Monday. Mona Al-Ameri, head of the happiness committee, Dubai Police, thanked Al-Habtoor for his continuous support for the Dubai Police employee happiness initiative and presented the Al-Habtoor Group chairman, and Vice Chairman and CEO Mohammed Al-Habtoor with their personalized Esaad cards.

Dubai Police representatives included Masoud Ibrahim Alhammad, Khalid Alsuwaidi, Ahmed bin Ghafan, Ibrahim Alblooshi, Salah Amin, Mohammed Shoaib Albalooshi, Gaafar Salim, Sayed Ibrahim, Abdullah Haidarah, Hasan Saleh, Thureya Balhoul, Waheeda Abbas, Waheeda Abdulqadir, Mariyam Saeed Abdulhakeem, Khalil Ibrahim Ali and Mahmood Ibrahim. Also present was Abdul Salam Marzooqi, director of UAE affairs and community relations, Al-Habtoor Group.

Khalaf Al-Habtoor said: “I am happy to collaborate with the Dubai Police in their Esaad program and be able to show our men and women in the Dubai Police corps our appreciation for their commitment to our safety.

“Dubai’s appeal as an investment haven is in its stability, and that is largely due to the safety and security the Dubai Police provides. I commend them for their continued service to our community.”

Al-Habtoor called for the private sector to work closely with the public sector and commended the Esaad program committee for their efforts to reward employees for their performance, commitment and dedication to the job. 

Al-Ameri, head of the happiness committee, thanked Al-Habtoor for the warm welcome and gave a detailed brief about the Esaad card and its uses across various sectors including: Education, tourism, hospitality, aviation, entertainment and leisure, real estate and retail.

She said: “The Esaad card is trusted by the civil servants in Dubai and the UAE. The number of Esaad cardholders is currently at 108,498 employees from 128 governmental and semi-governmental departments.”

Al-Ameri commended the Al-Habtoor Group for its continuous support for community activities, noting that the Esaad program is an innovative program designed to achieve happiness in the community.

Al-Habtoor Group joined the Esaad program in October 2017 offering Dubai Police staff extended benefits and discounts at Habtoor Hospitality and Real Estate properties, including hotels, restaurant, leisure and entertainment facilities in the UAE and abroad. Dubai Police staff are offered a 50 percent discount at Al-Habtoor Group hotels in Dubai and internationally, as well as a 20 percent reduction at the group’s leisure and entertainment facilities. It also includes special rates on the new apartments at Al-Habtoor City Residence Collection.