Our state of the art new Bodyshop and Test Facility
Al Nabooda Automobiles invested AED 280 million (US $76.29 million) into a new cutting edge bodyshop and facilities to provide a dedicated one-stop-shop for Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen customers in the UAE.
Located in Dubai Industrial City, the new bodyshop covers an area of 29,131sqm. The facility includes 143 work bays, 30 paint bays, 15 valeting bays, including dedicated bays for window tinting, and 33 pre-delivery inspection work bays to provide a personalized, manufacturer-approved level of service.
In line with the UAE’s Clean Energy Strategy to increase the contribution of renewable energy by 2030, Al Nabooda installed over 14,000 solar panels in phase 1 of the project at the facility. The completion of Phase 2 will see the bodyshop being equipped with almost 28,000 panels, making it the largest private sector solar plant in the region, capable of producing 10 million units of electrical energy a year. Covering an area of approximately 70,000 square meters of roof space and connected to the DEWA MV grid, the plant will then provide the body shop with 70% of their total annual energy needs over the next 25 years.
Speaking about the new facility, Thomas Faerber, General Manager, Projects & Logistics at Al Nabooda Automobiles, said: “In the planning of this facility, it was important to Al Nabooda Automobiles to not only create a state-of-the-art building to provide the superior service our customers have become accustomed to, but also to look to the future and ensure we were being as energy efficient as possible.”
By installing the solar panel array at the new facility, Al Nabooda Automobiles will help to offset 5.3 million kilos of CO2 – the equivalent emissions of 1600 passenger vehicles per year.
In addition, the facility features a 1.3km long test track, allowing Al Nabooda engineers to safely and accurately run road checks on all vehicles, plus an off-road test track with features such as a wading basin to ensure top performance.
Rajaram, CEO of Al Nabooda Automobiles commented: “The investment in this impressive and unique facility is testament to the continued high levels of customer service that Al Nabooda Automobiles is known for across Dubai and the Northern Emirates. This full-service facility enables us to provide a personalized service with the highest qualified technicians for our three prestige marques. Furthermore, this facility is testimony to our wider commitment to the green future of the UAE and we are incredibly proud to have created one of the largest private sector solar plants in the country.”
The facility has parking and storage for over 2,000 vehicles and includes dedicated work bays for Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen to cater for the requirements of all models under each brand.