In celebration of World Photography Day on August 24th, General Motors partnered with Arab photographer Abdulla Jaafari to capture the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) culture and heritage, as well as the Detroit-based automaker’s connection to the Middle East through the GMC Yukon AT4.
As a long-time friend of The General, Jaafari attempted to blend the distinctive features of the Yukon AT4 with the tradition and heritage of the local Arab culture.
“A photograph is not just about colors or objects,” photographer Abdulla Jaafari stated. “I believe photography came from the wish of being able to capture a memory in visual form, to keep and cherish for as long as we live. GMC gave me this opportunity to relive some memories from my childhood and to showcase my history and connection with the UAE culture and how the Yukon has been a part of that.”
Of course, the current-generation GMC Yukon was launched in the Middle East only a few years ago. As the only region outside of North American that the GMC brand is advertised in, both the Yukon and Yukon XL are available in four trim levels, including SLE, SLT, AT4 and Denali. The range-topping Denali and the first-ever AT4 – which Jaafari’s photos are of – offer unique personalities that elevate the nameplate to the next level, incorporating the most extensive off-road and technological equipment in the segment as standard fare.
Under the hood, the Yukon’s two naturally aspirated V8 engines are the only powerplants on offer for the Middle East, including the 5.3L L84 V8 gasoline engine rated at 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, and the optional 6.2L L87 V8 gasoline engine rated at 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are mated to GM’s 10-speed automatic transmission.