Everywhere we went, other drivers were tooting at us and taking videos while driving alongside. When we stopped, the Teslas attracted crowds, including camels.
A call to prayer resounds and glides off the low foothills that cradle the hotel and EVs. Groups of dignitaries in sunglasses and suits pose for photos next to the chargers and the EV fleet: 4 — Tesla Model S’s, 1 — Tesla Model X, 4 — Chevy Bolts, and a BMW i3. Laughter permeates the sun-drenched scene.
It is the Middle East Global EVRT 2018. For 9 days, participants have traveled across the UAE to Oman and back to demonstrate the possibilities of electric transportation. Here, at the new 5-star InterContinental Hotel in Fujairah, UAE, on Al Aqah Beach, about 55 people across ages and genders, ethnicities and statures, gather to admire the EVs and chargers and share stories of a sustainable future.