Held under the patronage of Mohammed ben Sulayem, the chairman of the Emirates Motorsports Organisation (EMSO)
EMSO PROVIDING PLATFORMS FOR MOTORSPORT GROWTH
A forwarding message from Mohammed Ben Sulayem, FIA Vice President and President of the Emirates Motorsport Organisation. (EMSO, previously ATC UAE)
"In order to encourage Motorsport in the UAE we need to ensure that future competitors and stakeholder have the knowledge and platform to begin their careers in Motorsport. It is the vision and goal of the EMSO to provide these platforms while continuing to ensure all levels of UAE Motorsport is kept to the highest standard. The Emirates Motorsport Expo is regarded as one of these platforms that bridges the gap between the public and motorsport sectors." Said Ben Sulayem.
More about Ben Sulayem
As a driver, he was Middle East Rally Champion 14 times, having scored 60 rally wins in the FIA Middle East series, and his impressive trail of victories also includes two Group N successes in the FIA World Rally Championship, in Spain and Argentina.
In April 2006 he took over as President of the EMSO, the officially nominated representative in the Emirates of both the FIA and its motor cycling counterpart, the FIM.
On their behalf the EMSO supervises all organised motor sport events in the UAE for cars and bikes. The EMSO also provides a growing range of services for motoring tourists and travellers and runs a UAE-wide road assistance operation.
Sulayem captured his first FIA Middle East Rally Championship title in 1986, and has not been beaten to the Middle East crown since, winning it each year with the exception of 1992, 1993, and 1995 - years when he did not contest the series because of overseas rally programmes.
He last competed in 2002, although he has not officially retired from competitive rally driving. But whether he returns to the sport or not in the future, his record is unlikely ever to be seriously challenged.
Sulayem was the Middle East champion in: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002.