has opened its first two flash stores in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and will open its first Zeekr Space stores in both countries in April.

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Zeekr, the premium electric vehicle (EV) subsidiary of Geely Holding Group, began selling cars in Saudi Arabia and the UAE after entering into partnerships with local dealerships last September.

The first models available in the two Middle Eastern countries are the Zeekr 001 shooting brake, and the Zeekr X SUV, according to a Zeekr statement on March 14.

The Zeekr 001 starts at AED 226,900 ($61,780) in the UAE and SAR 230,000 ($61,330) in Saudi Arabia.

The model is currently offered in four versions in China, including one single-motor version and three dual-motor versions, which start at RMB 269,000 ($37,380), RMB 269,000, RMB 299,000, and RMB 329,000, respectively.

The Zeekr X starts at AED 170,900 in the UAE and SAR 174,000 in Saudi Arabia.

The model is currently available in China in 2 variants, a four-seater and a five-seater version, both of which start at RMB 200,000.

Zeekr's first two flash stores in Saudi Arabia & UAE have opened and will open the first Zeekr Space stores in both countries in April, according to the company.

Zeekr will also have further presence in markets such as Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco and Oman, the company said.

On July 10, 2023, Zeekr announced that it had signed an agreement with Israeli distributor Union Group to jointly establish a car dealership network in Israel.

On September 29, 2023, the company announced partnerships with AW Rostamani Holdings from the UAE, Wallan Trading Company from Saudi Arabia, Blue Lake Motors from Qatar, and Y.K. Almoayyed & Sons from Bahrain.

Zeekr would offer the Zeekr 001 and Zeekr X in these Middle Eastern countries, with first deliveries starting in the first quarter of 2024, it said at the time.

Both models are based on the all-electric Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA), which can meet global regulatory requirements and can perform well in high-temperature scenarios, Zeekr said.

Zeekr will have cumulative presence in six European countries by 2024, and expects its international presence to reach eight countries by 2025, it said previously.

($1 = AED 3.6725, $1 = SAR 3.7503, $1 = RMB 7.196)

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