Al-Zarouini’s bid was 18 times the reserve price and in a statement to Gulf News, he said: ”My ambition is always to be number one.”
You may be surprised to hear that that mind-blowing sum isn’t the highest that’s been paid in the UAE for the label of ‘numero uno’ to be slapped onto one’s car.
Back in 2008, an Abu Dhabi man paid an astronomical Dhs52.2 million for him to be the only one driving around in his Emirate with the exclusive registration plate.
Other sought-after registration plates at Saturday’s auction were 12, 22, 50, 100, 333, 777, 1000, 2016, 2020 and 99999.
In total, the event fetched Dhs50 million.
Those of you in Dubai who are looking to spend perhaps a tad less on customizing your number plates will be interested in knowing about the RTA’s (Road and Traffic Authority) recent campaign ‘Reflect Your Special Moments on Your Number Plate’.
The government body are offering residents a chance to choose five-digit vehicle plates of whatever date they want, be it birthdays, wedding dates or just a cool-looking number.
“These plates will be exclusively offered to the age group 18 to 35 [born from 1981 to 1998], as youth are the most passionate about events in their personal lives,” Sultan Al Marzouki, Director of Vehicles Licensing at RTA’s Licence Agency, was quoted as saying by Gulf News.