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Does it matter?

AED1.52 million for a car license plate. Welcome to Dubai, where such things matter.

December 29, 2009 3:27 by

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that it made AED14.04 million through the sale of 90 number plates during an open auction on December 19. The sale topper was G111, which brought in AED1.52 million, according to the RTA.

It was followed by I 60, which fetched AED1.5 million, G 66666, which was sold for AED520, 000 and H 2000, selling for AED304, 000. The auction also included the sale of 15 motorcycle license plates; the highest one was 40000, which was auctioned for AED48,000. According to the RTA, more than 400 people attended the auction.

Every time the RTA announces the money they make from number plate auctions, Kipp is surprised. What would make people shell out AED1.52 million for a license plate, especially during a time when the economy is still struggling to get back on track, and when you can still see abandoned cars in Dubai.

Who really cares what number plate you have?

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  1. Quizzically on December 30, 2009 9:24 am

    Kipp, if u’ve asked that Q genuinely (y pay 4 number plates?), I get u have’nt been long enuf here or are unaware of the ego trips many UAE nationals go on with stuff like these.

    Its just to show who’s the BIGGER guy!

  2. Zor Mite on December 30, 2009 9:53 am

    Something really fishy there.

  3. Mohammad on December 30, 2009 12:38 pm

    I too find it hard to believe Kipp is unaware of how egoistic some people can be.
    Grown up men in their thirties will try to outspend the other, and if one gets a better car, its as if the other has to either get an even better one or hang his head in shame…

  4. Andrew on January 5, 2010 8:00 am

    Money laundering tbh. After all Dubai is one of the world’s biggest centres for smuggling umpteen forms of contraband. That money won’t clean itself kids.


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