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2018 Custom Show Emirates

The SEMA of the Middle East

Apr 17, 2018
Photographer: Ginash George

Chances are you don't get out to the Middle East very often, and as for us, well, we're lucky to get out of our cubicles every now and then. What you and I both missed out on is the largest custom car and bike show in the Middle East, known simply as Custom Show Emirates.

Based in Abu Dhabi and strategically partnered with the official SEMA show of the U.S., Custom Show kicked off its fourth annual event on April 5th which spanned over three days and was much more than just a massive car show.

In an effort to help encourage both business-to-business and business-to-consumer opportunities, over 30 exhibitors were on hand to display their latest products and network with show goers. For attendees looking beyond the packed showcase area, the event also included drift and stunt demos, vehicle parade, engine battle build-off and more. With four successful years now under its belt, Custom Show Emirates is poised growth as the Middle East continues to demand attention for its ever-growing aftermarket.

On the show floor, a mix of Japanese, American, and European vehicles filled the ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center) hall. The Supras, Skylines, and Z cars that you might expect made an appearance and certainly didn't disappoint, and there was no shortage of high-horsepower offerings as well as an extensive use of custom fabrication.

2018 custom show emirates hakosuka style mini Photo 2/72   |   2018 Custom Show Emirates Hakosuka Style Mini
2018 custom show emirates hakosuka style mini Photo 3/72   |   2018 Custom Show Emirates Hakosuka Style Mini

Don't adjust your monitor — what you're looking at is Hakosuka bodywork based on a Mini platform. The exaggerated lines and details are incredible.

2018 custom show emirates 2jz swapped silvia Photo 4/72   |   2018 Custom Show Emirates 2Jz Swapped Silvia
2018 custom show emirates supra Photo 5/72   |   2018 Custom Show Emirates Supra

High-powered 2JZs are always a crowd pleaser.

2018 custom show emirates watanabe skyline Photo 6/72   |   2018 Custom Show Emirates Watanabe Skyline
2018 custom show emirates datsun s30 Photo 7/72   |   2018 Custom Show Emirates Datsun S30

Old-school resto-mods like this Kenmeri and S30 Z-car are becoming increasingly popular and the automotive world is a better place because of it.

2018 custom show emirates nissan skylines Photo 8/72   |   2018 Custom Show Emirates Nissan Skylines
2018 custom show emirates r34 skyline Photo 9/72   |   2018 Custom Show Emirates R34 Skyline

There was no shortage of Skylines at the event, with a strong emphasis on the R32 and -34 chassis.

2018 custom show emirates chevy corvette Photo 10/72   |   2018 Custom Show Emirates Chevy Corvette

Absolute madness. This late model Corvette is just an example of how wild the builds can get in the Middle East.

2018 custom show emirates spoon s2000 Photo 32/72   |   2018 Custom Show Emirates Spoon S2000
2018 custom show emirates advan wheels Photo 51/72   |   2018 Custom Show Emirates Advan Wheels
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