While the story behind Tomini Group stretches as far back as the 1950’s, our collection originated in January 2010, when our Chairman purchased his first classic car, a 1967 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-litre coupé. This purebred would later be joined by dozens of other select classics from all four corners of the world in what would eventually become Tomini Classics, Dubai’s premier classic car showroom and gallery, the first and finest postwar classic car collection in the Middle East.
When designing our company headquarters in 2012, the Classics Department was given a purpose-built space, one where all cars could be displayed, stored and inspected by customers in the best possible conditions. Divided in two sections —our showroom and our private ‘vault’—, our collection rotates on a periodic basis, maintaining a diverse and colourful variety of driving machines for enthusiasts and collectors to enjoy.
Our in-house team of highly qualified technicians and detailers ensures that our stable is maintained in top operational and cosmetic condition. Vehicles are driven and regularly maintained, often appearing at local, national and international automotive events such as the Emirates Classic Car Festival, the Kuwait Concours, Amelia Island and Pebble Beach, where they have received numerous awards.
We welcome clients from all over the world. In order to ease the understandable apprehension of buying a car from overseas, we perform an exhaustive pre-purchase inspection and can easily accommodate additional assessments by independent and brand specialists to ensure each transaction is professional, straightforward and utterly transparent. For sales inquiries or appointments, do not hesitate to get in touch through our contact section.
As part of the Tomini umbrella, we uphold the exact same universal values as the Group’s other departments in our internal and external stakeholder management. We do business in a straightforward and honourable manner, respecting the cars and the client’s needs in equal measure.
Our business is fortunate enough not to be as profit-driven as much as being an enjoyable long-term portfolio to share with the public, prioritising long-term relationships within our team and with clients from all four corners of the world.
We act with integrity and sincerity as a trusted partner. We know who we are, we know what we stand for, and we stay true to our vision and beliefs.
We act with energy, spirit and conviction in everything we do. We bring this passion and commitment to all our clients and never settle for second-best. We are committed to the pursuit of excellence on a daily basis.
We know that new ideas come from diverse ways of perceiving the world. We come from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, styles, perspectives, values and beliefs, and this range is an asset to Tomini and its clients.
In an industry as challenging as second-hand vehicles, we never give up and we are not cowed by adversity; rather, we see it as an opportunity to demonstrate ability.
‘Best Restoration’ at the 2019 Concorso Italiano UAE, won by our 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona’. Our 300SL Gullwing also wins ‘Best of Show’ at the Gulf Concours.
'Best of Show' Award at the 2017 Gulf Concours, won by our 1965 Lancia Flaminia Super Sport Zagato.
Second in Class, 2016 Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance, awarded to our 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500.
'Best of Show' Award, 2015 Emirates Classic Car Festival, won by our 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Boano.
2014 Emirates Classic Car Festival: Best Coachbuild + Best European Categories, awarded to our 1958 Abarth 750 Zagato and our 1959 Mercedes-Benz 220S Cabriolet, respectively.
2013 Emirates Classic Car Festival: ‘Best of Show’ Award, won by our 1965 Aston Martin DB5 and our 1967 Lamborghini Miura P400 on two separate occasions.
'Best of Show' Award, 2012 Emirates Classic Car Festival, won by our 1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso.
Tomini was founded in 1952 in Karachi, Pakistan, as the United Oriental Steamship Company by Mian Kader Baksh, cotton trader and grandfather of the current Chairman.
After having its entire fleet nationalised in 1974, our company moves all its operations to London, managing vessels owned by offshore family companies, and eventually rebuilding its own fleet. The company is renamed as International Shipping Lines (ISL).
With the intent of providing a name that is easy to hear on vessel radio communications, the company is renamed Tomini after an Indonesian bay.
A move to Dubai in 2004 provided a strategic global hub to continue to grow the business.
Our Chairman acquires a 1967 Jaguar E-Type, the first car in what will eventually grow as a separate division in our corporation.
The design and construction of our current Dubai headquarters is set in motion.
Our Chairman’s collection is turned into a commercial venture, instantly becoming Dubai’s premier classic car showroom.
Tomini Classics becomes the authorised Morgan distributor in Dubai, a collaboration that spanned until late 2021.
Imtiaz Shaikh is the founder of Tomini Group. He comes from a family whose roots are deeply embedded in the shipping industry, including his pioneering grandfather who set up the United Oriental Steamship Company in 1950.
Mr. Shaikh has been the driving force behind the success of Tomini Group, which over the last 40 years has owned more than 120 ships.
During his career in shipping, Mr. Shaikh has built strong and well-established relationships among renowned charterers and traders. He has also provided the vision of diversification, while always upholding the principal values of the company. Under his leadership and vision for future growth, Tomini is entering an era of new build bulk carriers.
Mr. Shaikh is passionate about promoting access to education as well as supporting various humanitarian initiatives. Together with his family he supports a number of local and international charities. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Postgraduate Degree in shipping from the London School of Trade. In 2019, Mr. Shaikh was honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award in the Maritime Industry by The Maritime Standards.
A trained fine artist at the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design and former Hollywood professional, Miguel started his automotive career restoring classic Mercedes and other Pebble Beach quality cars in the San Francisco Bay Area. After hosting an online automotive series with YouTube celebrity Tyler Hoover, he went on to chase and find the lost Mercedes Gullwing in Cuba, considered by many as one of the most exciting ‘barn finds’ of the century.
Miguel relocated to the United Arab Emirates in 2014 and developed miscellaneous plans and projects for automotive OEM’s, collections, and museums across the country, eventually moving to Tomini Group in 2016 and serving as the head of its classic car division. Under his management, Tomini Classics has established itself as a world-class showroom and restorer, developed new automobilia and timepiece collections, and established key partnerships in East Asia.
Besides cars and films, Miguel also enjoys classic rock, vintage watches, architecture, and world gastronomy.