Middle East GCC car database

Database complete for cars sold in Gulf Cooperation Council countries: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, including even cars sold in only 1 of the 6 GCC countries.

Source of data: DriveArabia.com, a website with poor historical coverage, it does include BMW 8-Series from 1991-1999 while BMW 7-Series is included starting from 2006 only. Average starting year 2000, with 100% completion 2006-present. Last update: 11 January 2021, list of updates.

Download free SAMPLE (new format from january 2021):
Middle East GCC Car Database SAMPLE.xlsx

Old samples 2016-2020 format:
Make, Model .XLS
Make, Model, Year .XLS
Make, Model, Year, Basic Specs .XLS
Make, Model, Year, Engine Specs .XLS
Alternate formats: CSV and SQL (engine specs)

Buy complete database + FREE updates for one year:


By default I am scraping UAE so database comes with prices AED, prices in other countries or Arabic translation can be provided at request at additional fee of $20/country (if you want prices in all 6 countries pay extra $100).

List of car makes included

Abarth, Acura, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Audi, BAIC, Bentley, BMW, Borgward, Brilliance, Bugatti, BYD, Cadillac, Caterham, Changan, Chery, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Citroen, CMC, Daihatsu, Dodge, Dongfeng, Dorcen, FAW, Ferrari, Fiat, Fisker, Ford, Foton, GAC, Geely, Genesis, GMC, Great Wall, Haval, Honda, Hongqi, Hummer, Hyundai, Infiniti, International, Isuzu, JAC, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, King Long, Koenigsegg, KTM, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Lotus, Luxgen, Mahindra, Maserati, Maxus, Maybach, Mazda, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Mercury, MG, Mini, Mitsubishi, Morgan, Nissan, Noble, Opel, Oullim, Pagani, Peugeot, PGO, Porsche, Proton, Ram, Renault, Rolls Royce, Saab, Seat, Skoda, Soueast, Spyker, Ssangyong, Subaru, Suzuki, Tata, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo, ZNA, Zotye.

Data fields included

Basic specs: Make, Model, Year, Image URL, Price, Country of Origin, Class, Body Styles, Weight, Reviews (Good, Bad), Overview, Reliability, Resale Value, Known Problems, NHTSA Driver Frontal Rating, EuroNCAP Overall Adult Rating.

Engine specs: all basic specs + Engine, Gearbox, Power (hp), Torque (Nm), Fuel Econ (L/100km), Fuel Econ (km/L), 0-100 kph (sec), Top speed (kph).

History

I created this database in 2016 to serve the numerous visitors from United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia that were coming on my website looking for a car database for their region.

Source of data: www.DriveArabia.com, I paid my programmer partner to make a standalone scraping application (exe file), the website was easy-to-scrap, having all cars accessible via links, but is weak in terms of amount of data. I told him to include 16 columns of technical specs. Scraping takes about 1h 30min.

Furthermore in late 2016 same programmer made an universal scraping application that can be used on many websites, but it was not producing data in the right format so I did not used it for this particular database.

In summer 2017 DriveArabia had a major redesign, making standalone scraping application useless. I used the universal scraper instead, configuring it to include all data from website, not just technical specs but also model overview, reviews, reliability, and image URL. Scraping also takes 1h 30min, but do not produce data in the right format, so now after each scraping need to manually manipulate data which takes few hours. In 2018 my programmer improved universal scraper so the manual work is no longer required, data comes in the right format from scraper, allowing me to update database as often customers wants.

DriveArabia do not have individual pages for each engine, but just for model. Model pages are identical for all years you select, all engines offered during whole model production period (not just the year you selected) are displayed in table format. Some models display 0-100 kph and top speed as ranges, this because the model have multiple body styles with different specifications, and the website do not show body styles separate.

At 2017 redesign DriveArabia (sadly) removed the field displaying all years a model was produced without changes, a must-have feature to distinguish where a generation ends and next one starts.

If you know other websites that I can scrap data from, with more detailed car specs, tell me!

22 thoughts on “Middle East GCC car database

  1. Hi, thank you for such a brilliant post. I have been reading some blogs that gives me more knowledge about the middle east. I must say this is one of the best among them. You have done a great research for I feel, thanks for sharing.

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