Three Emirati friends have designed and built the UAE’s first electric desert bike.
The Saluki, designed by university friends Fahad Hareb, Saoud Khoory and Ali Al Madani, can be fitted with extra wide tyres that allow them to traverse the sandy terrain in the desert. On the roads, the bikes are capable of reaching speeds up to 93kph, with a range of 80 kilometres.
Speaking to The National newspaper, Fahad Hareb said the silent motor makes the bikes ideal for seeing wildlife on desert treks.
The Saluki, named after the breed of dog found in desert regions, is one of five of bikes they sell through their company eBikes UAE, which was founded in March this year. They have sold 50 bikes so far, each of which was built and assembled in Hareb’s living room.
They have also designed a special prototype they plan to present to Dubai Police.
“The bike is ready, we are just waiting for the police lights to arrive,” Mr Hareb told The National. “It’s designed for patrolling crowded areas where a car or motorcycle wouldn’t be able to go, like JBR on the weekend.”
The bikes range in price from AED6,500 ($1,769) to AED 42,500.