Dubai to host Mideast’s first dinosaur auction

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.
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.


Hyundai’s new Sonata sedan arrives in Saudi showrooms

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Hyundai’s new Sonata sedan arrives in Saudi showrooms

Hyundai’s new Sonata has arrived at its official distribution partners’ showrooms in Saudi Arabia — Wallan Trading Company, Mohamed Yousuf Naghi Motors, and Almajdouie Motors. The model offers customers a sleek four-door coupe body style that highlights the brand’s latest “Sensuous Sportiness” design language.

Created at Hyundai’s California Design Studio, the redesigned Sonata enters the market with a more assertive profile, a freshly styled cascading grille framed by distinctive lighting elements, and an entirely new rear. Chrome accents surround the daylight opening (DLO) and fresh wheel designs complete the look. The new bodywork is built on Hyundai’s latest third-generation platform, for a completely re-engineered driving experience.

“Since its very first generation more than three decades ago, each evolution of the Sonata has set the standard for quality and value among mid-size sedans, and this latest model also leads its market for style, innovation and technology,” said Mike Song, Hyundai’s head of operations for the Middle East and Africa. “Hyundai Sonata has always been well received by our customers in the Saudi market. The all-new Sonata will encourage them to reconsider their expectations in the sedan segment, offering them something more rewarding, sportier and more exciting than what has been available before.”

A hallmark of the new Sonata’s exterior is its Hyundai-first LED daytime running lights — embedded in a chrome strip. The strip appears as chrome when the engine is turned off, but lights up when the driver starts the car. When night falls, available LED headlamps with dynamic bending light illuminate the road ahead.

Interior fittings include a standard seven-inch color display audio touchscreen with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and a Qi wireless charging pad is available to keep smartphones topped up. The new Sonata also adds a second-row USB charge port. At the heart of the AVN system is a Bose Premium sound system equipped with 12 speakers.

“The all-new Hyundai Sonata delivers a premium experience for both driver and passengers,” said Song. “We apply a range of new technologies intuitively, with an emphasis on functional convenience, adding features that we know our customers will use and value.”

The model features nine standard airbags and a wide range of safety systems, including advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) as part of Hyundai’s latest SmartSense technologies.