Another year, another Porsche Icon festival – this time, the annual celebration in Dubai featuring over 15,000 Porsches-philes, gathered for a two-day affair from 26-27 November 2022 at “The Slab” in the Dubai Design District (D3) of the United Arab Emirates. This is the second time the meeting has been held at the venue.
This year’s festival carries the theme “Icons of Porsche, Safari Edition” to suit the tastes of fans and off-road adventure enthusiasts from the Middle East region. The 31,000 square foot festival grounds feature several cars, presented in five differently themed zones to cater to a wide variety of Porsche enthusiasts.
The 2022 Porsche Icon Festival will host the regional debuts of the 911 Dakar, 911 GT3 RS and 911 Sport Classic. Racing legends Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard, and six-time Le Mans 24-Hour winner Jacky Ickx were also at the event.
Meanwhile, fans are also treated to a thrilling experience in the new Cayenne on a purpose-built off-road track within the festival area. The first-generation Cayenne, which was recently restored, was also on display as part of the region’s 20 Year Cayenne celebrations.
The festival hosted the opening of “Safari Camel” – a true recreation of the famous artwork by acclaimed digital artist Chris Labrooy. For the record, Labroy is also the creator of the 911 Swan Art Car we saw last year.
Four classic sports cars from the Porsche Museum in Germany traveled to Dubai for this year’s Porsche Icon. These are the 1986 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar, 1981 Porsche 911 C 5 (SC) San Remo, 1981 Porsche 924 GTS Rallye, and 1978 Porsche 911 SC Safari.
Next year’s edition of the Festival Icons of Porsche is planned to take place from 18 to 19 November 2023. It will celebrate 75 years of the Porsche sports car.