1000 Miglia Experience UAE 2021: The Most Beautiful Race in the World comes to the United Arab Emirates

May 27, 2021

The 1000 Miglia also known as The Most Beautiful Race in the World is coming to the UAE!  The inaugural 1000 Miglia Experience UAE 2021 will take place in December 5th-9th, 2021, for the very first time in the Middle East.

This invitation-only event is open to 100 owners of landmark automobiles, from legendary classics to iconic supercars of the modern era. Over the course of five thrilling days, participants will cross all seven Emirates, driving their cars against the clock while enjoying the finest hospitality. Members of the public will have a rare opportunity to see these magnificent machines in the metal, being driven as they are truly meant to be experienced.

This extraordinary gathering will also coincide with the 50th anniversary celebrations of the United Arab Emirates, which was formally formed on December 2, 1971. The staging of the first 1000 Miglia Experience UAE 2021 represents yet another proud achievement for this young nation, which has accomplished global fame as a centre for both business excellence and exotic luxury travel. The central hub for the event will be located in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, while the race itself unfurling on a belt of tarmac across all seven Emirates of this nation.

The 1000 Miglia is widely recognised today as the Most Beautiful Race in the World. Conceived by Giovanni Canestrini, Franco Mazzotti, Aymo Maggi and Renzo Castagneto on 2nd December 1926 as a speed race on open public roads, the 1000 Miglia takes place over a route of 1,600 kilometers (equal to 1000 miles) from Brescia to Rome and back. The initial race began on 26th March 1927; 21 hours, 4 minutes, and 48 seconds later it was won by Ferdinando Minoja and Giuseppe Morandi in a Brescia-built OM 665 Superba.

This event captured the imagination of both the general public and car manafacturers alike. From 1927 to 1957, prestigious brands including the likes of Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Porsche, Jaguar and Mercedes battled each other for the glory of the 1000 Miglia, with legendary drivers including Juan Manuel Fangio ,Tazio Nuvolari, Alberto Ascari  and Stirling Moss behind the wheel. ,

Since 1977, the 1000 Miglia has transformed into the most important regularity race in the world for historic cars. The Red Arrow, as it is fondly called, remains faithful to the original route crossing Italy and its exquisite local regions. Today, 1000 Miglia celebrates its 94th birthday in 2021, still holding firm to its founding values of Uniqueness, Experience, Passion, Excellence, Tradition, and Innovation.

In the modern version of the event, competitors follow a roadbook on public roads to travel from one passage control to another while the public follows the convoy along the route, enjoying the sight of a huge and diverse group of rare cars in action. The Passage Controls themselves will be placed in areas of urban beauty or great cultural history, to give the race the opportunity to be welcomed by local dignitaries and introduced to the public.

For the 1000 Miglia Experience UAE 2021, three classes of vehicle may be accepted. A maximum of 100 participants from all over the world will take part in the event, with the event central hub for the event located in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi.

  • 1000 Miglia Era Class: this exclusive class for cars which took part – or completed the entry – in one of the editions held from 1927 to 1957. Registration in the Registro 1000 Miglia is compulsory.
  • Post 1000 Miglia Era Class: this class includes sports cars, grand touring and supercars built from 1958 to 1971 (the founding date of the UAE)
  • Supercar 1000 Miglia Travelling Collection Class: this class is dedicated to owners of the latest supercars and hypercars and reflect the UAE’s passion and appetite for these ultimate dream machines

The staging of the 1000 Miglia Experience UAE 2021 represents the pinnacle of a long-term collaboration between 1000 Miglia and Octanium, culminating in bringing the most famous historic race in the world to a region well known for its deep love of high-octane machinery and beautiful automobiles. With the near century of experience of 1000 Miglia, and Octanium’s eye for hospitality and quality alongside the UAE’s warm host and natural splendor, this event is expected to be a tremendous success.

Of particular significance is the Golden Jubilee of the UAE. This unique moment – a celebration of 50 years since the founding of the United Arab Emirates – coincides with the ongoing iconic Expo 2020 exhibition which attracts global interest, as well as the final race of the Formula One calendar at Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi on 12th December. In this festive environment, the 1000 Miglia UAE Experience 2021 must count as one of the brightest lights on both the social and media calendars.

Alia Al Hammadi, Vice Chairman of the UAE Government Media Office, said : “As the backdrop to the most beautiful race in the world, the Mille Miglia, the Emirates provides an unforgettable experience. We at the Emirates Nation Brand Office are delighted to be working together with Octanium and Mille Miglia to ensure that, truly, we show the world that the impossible is possible.” Alia Al Hammadi, deputy chair of the UAE Government Media Office.

Italian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates H.E. Nicola Lener was quoted saying “The Embassy of Italy is very proud to support 1000Miglia Experience project in the UAE. 1000Miglia represents indeed a longstanding passion for cars, sport and technology, as well as for the beauty of the Italian landscape through which the race takes place every year.  A passion that Italy is happy to bring to the UAE to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Federation through the beauty of its seven Emirates and on the occasion of EXPO 2020.”

Chairman of 1000 Miglia Franco Gussalli Beretta commented, “I am extremely proud to represent the 1000 Miglia on this day of presentation of the partnership that represents an important step in the internationalization project undertaken by our Red Arrow. The incredibly striking scenery of this territory, the renowned and excellent local hospitality and the unique know-how of the 1000 Miglia will be the foundations of this new adventure that we are convinced will become one of the most coveted events of the season for fans.”

The preliminary event route is as follows:

  • 5th December, Sunday, Leg 1: Abu Dhabi to Dubai
  • 6th December, Monday, Leg 2: Dubai to Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain
  • 7th December, Tuesday, Leg 3: Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain to Fujairah
  • 8th December, Wednesday, Leg 4: Fujairah to Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah
  • 9th December, Thursday, Leg 5: Jebel Jais to UAQ, Ajman, to Abu Dhabi
by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.