What are the top 10 tire brands? Which tires are the best tires for your vehicle and for the climate and terrain in Dubai?
There are plenty of brands of tires in the market. As in the case of every other product, when they need to buy tires, one of the factors that motorists take into account is the relative popularity of each brand. In addition to the brand reputation, noise, durability and fuel efficiency are other factors that you need to keep in mind when it comes to tire purchase.
Due to its strategic location, Dubai is one of the leading trading hubs for tires in the MENA region and has a thriving tire retail scene. In fact, tires form a significant component of Dubai’s re-export trade, with about USD 400 million worth of tires being imported into Dubai from countries like India, China and Korea and about 65 per cent of these imports being re-exported to neighboring countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia. The balance 35 per cent of tires accounts for the consumption by motorists in Dubai. With Dubai having the highest rate of car ownership in the world at one car for 1.84 residents, the tire market in Dubai is projected to grow at an annual rate of 30 per cent over the next five years.
Compared to the price of tires in other GCC countries, prices of tires in Dubai are relatively low due to low import duties and direct relationships with manufacturers. Nevertheless, the price of tires can vary widely depending on the brand from AED 1100 for a BF Goodrich tire to a similar amount for a set of four Toyo Proxes tires.
Most leading tire companies including Michelin, Bridgestone, GT Radials, Continental, Sumitomo tires and MRF tires have a presence in Dubai while at the lower end of the market, many Chinese, Korean and Indonesian companies too have shifted operations to Dubai in order to cater to their client base in the region. Dubai even has its own home grown brands set up by enterprising companies. This includes Al Dobowi Tyres which has successfully made an entry into the European, Asian and African markets and Zafco Trading with their Zeetex brand.