Top Story: Syria win can launch Khalid to Middle East title, says Sulayem

EATC President highlights development of motor sport in Iran at MERC annual meeting Mohammed Ben Sulayem with Khalid Al Qassimi – hoping for a UAE victory in Syria Ben Sulayem, who dominated the Syrian International Rally at the height of his career, believes fellow-UAE driver Sheikh Khalid Al-Qassimi can win in Damascus at the weekend to place one hand on this year’s regional crown. Sulayem, President of the Emirates Automobile and Touring Club, will be in Syria to attend the annual meet mehr >>

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Qatar's Nasser al-Attiyah leads bumper entry into two days of Jordan Rally in action 10.05.2007

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09.05.2007

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WRC guests, officials and Jordan Rally competitors arrive in Amman 07.05.2007

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Saleh gets his breath back for Jordan test 02.05.2007

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Kuwait Motor Sporting Club takes control of FIA Motorsport in Kuwait 29.03.2007

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26.03.2007

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17.03.2007

Middle-East Rallyes -FIA MERC: UAE's Khalid Al-Qassimi takes Championship lead with dramatic victory in Rally Oman

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Sulayem backs Team Abu Dhabi Challenge in Rally Oman 13.03.2007

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Sheikh Mayed Bin Mohammed breaks ground to start work on new ATCUAE HQ 14.02.2007

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Six car UAE Team heads for SAUDI's HAYEL RALLY 04.02.2007

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Saudi Arabian drivers dominate entry for 2007 Hail Saudi Baja 31.01.2007

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Hail Saudi Baja organisers announce strong commercial support for next month's Bonanza 25.01.2007

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GCC Drag Race Series needs FIA backing and regional drive, says Sulayem 23.01.2007

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30.12.2006

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Hail Saudi Baja set to kick-start 2007 Middle East Rally Calendar 22.12.2006

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Sulayem hopes for Nissan World Cup boost after flying visit to Japan 18.12.2006

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Khalid triumphs in Dubai Rally 01.12.2006

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DUBAI RALLY - Provisional results 01.12.2006

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Khalid Al-Qassimi takes initiative as UAE trio battfle for victory in Dubai Rally 30.11.2006

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DUBAI Rally : Provisional results at end of first leg after 8 special stages 30.11.2006

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Dubai Rally set to produce classic battle 29.11.2006

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Dubai Police, ATCUAE and Rally stars launch drive to cut road accidents 29.11.2006

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SALEH AIMS TO PUT RECORD STRAIGHT IN DUBAI RALLY 29.11.2006

Middle-East Rallyes -FIA MERC: SALEH AIMS TO PUT RECORD STRAIGHT IN DUBAI RALLY

Veteran Lebanese driver targets victory after so many near misses Michel Saleh has had more close shaves in the Dubai International Rally than he can remember, and the veteran UAE-based Lebanese driver is eager to put the record straight this weekend. Saleh, one of the most rec mehr >>


Abdullah aims for Dubai Rally breakthrough 28.11.2006

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UAE driver hopes for first ever victory in home event after more than 20 years of trying The UAE’s Sheikh Abdullah Al Qassimi is aiming for his first ever victory in the Dubai International Rally to boost his 2007 Middle East Championship challenge The UAE’s Sheikh mehr >>


Police Rally to give Middle East Championship safe finish in Dubai 22.11.2006

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Khalid al-Qassimi shuts out WRC to focus on Dubai Rally bid 22.11.2006

Middle-East Rallyes -FIA MERC: Khalid al-Qassimi shuts out WRC to focus on Dubai Rally bid

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Suhail aims to turn back clock in Dubai Rally 16.11.2006

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MERC SERIES TAKES SHAPE FOR 2007 24.10.2006

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Sulayem lobbies FIA over "Free Zone" for Rally, Racing drivers 16.10.2006

Middle-East Rallyes -FIA MERC: Sulayem lobbies FIA over "Free Zone" for Rally, Racing drivers

Auto club President becomes first UAE national to represent country at world motor sport congress Mohammed Ben Sulayem: in Spain to influence top motorsport decision- makers Mohammed Ben Sulayem will lobby FIA decision makers in Spain this wee mehr >>


WORLD TITLE WITHIN REACH FOR NISSAN AS MANUFACTURER EXTENDS DESERT CHALLENGE BACKING 28.08.2006

Middle-East Rallyes -FIA MERC: WORLD TITLE WITHIN REACH FOR NISSAN AS MANUFACTURER EXTENDS DESERT CHALLENGE BACKING

Sulayem builds on event’s success story as new agreement keeps Nissan Patrol as official car for dramatic desert rally Mohammed Ben Sulayem signs the new agreement with Toru Hasegawa, Managing Director of Nissan Middle East. Nissan is ai mehr >>


EMIRATES POST BACKS ATCUAE DRIVE TO CRACK DOWN ON FORGED INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMITS 07.07.2006

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Driving overseas without a legitimate permit can be costly, warns Sulayem at start of major awareness campaign Mohammed Ben Sulayem and Abdullah Al Daboos (centre), Director of General of Emirates Post, at today’s press conference with (left) Abdulla Al Fan, Assistant mehr >>


SULAYEM CALLS FOR GULF "FREE ZONE" FOR RALLY, RACING DRIVERS 29.06.2006

Middle-East Rallyes -FIA MERC: SULAYEM CALLS FOR GULF "FREE ZONE" FOR RALLY, RACING DRIVERS

ATCUAE President wants FIA to lift restriction on drivers competing outside home country   Mohammed Ben Sulayem: "We must do all we can to attract more drivers into the sport."   Mohammed Ben Sulayem wants the FIA to sanction a "free zone" for rally and ra mehr >>

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