Career and Records
Date of Birth: October 15, 1978
Place of Birth: Dubai, UAE
2016: Champion UAE Wooden Powerboat Championship
2006: First place in 60ft and 43ft categories in all races
2004: Third place in UIM Class 1 World Championships
2003: Third place in President’s Cup
2002: Fourth place in President’s Cup
2001: First place in F2 President’s Cup
2001: Eleventh place in UIM F2 World Championship
2000: Second place in President’s Cup F2 Championship
1999: Second place in President’s Cup F2 Championship
Khalfan Al Muhairi has lived life to the full, most of it very close to the waters of the UAE. As an eager teenager, Al Muhairi began his career in 1995 with traditional sailing races in the company of his father. The following year, he had migrated into the more competitive and exciting world of wooden powerboat racing.
Initial success followed instantly, and the young emirati was hooked for a life dedicated to the seas. The accolades followed, the most important one among these being the 1996 UAE Wooden Powerboating Championships. Next he took a step upwards into Formula 4 and ended the season with the runners-up slot. Next followed his entry into the F2 President’s Cup Championships in which he went on to take the second spot in two successive seasons of 1999 and 2000.
His experience grew, and so did his confidence and that showed when Al Muhairi went on to win the F2 crown at the end of the 2001 season. Trying to balance studies and sports, Al Muhairi slipped down the order to finish the next two seasons with a fourth and third places respectively.
It was in 2004 that Al Muhairi decided he needed to tackle the best as he teamed up with Italian Matteo Nicolini to participate in the UIM Class 1 World Championships. The combination worked well as the pair ended up on the podium with a third place finish in their very first year.
The UAE driver then decided to return to basics as he switched back to the ever-popular Dubai Traditional Dhow Sailing Championships conducted by the Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC). His experience with the beastly machines seemed to help as Al Muhairi achieved the rare distinction of winning all dhow sailing races in the 43ft and 60ft categories in the 2006 season.
With professional pursuits taking up a major part of his time, Al Muhairi made one last attempt when he participated in the UIM Formula 2 World Championship, only to end with an eleventh position.