Kate-Lynne Wolmarans11 Mar 2018 AT 01:06 PM

A Dubai resident just spent AED2.62 million on a licence plate

Yes, really
Kate-Lynne Wolmarans11 Mar 2018 AT 01:06 PM
A shot from this weekend's Open Plate Auction
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A shot from this weekend's Open Plate Auction
Balwinder Sahani
© Twitter/RTA
Balwinder Sahani

Number plates, the joyous device that allow us to identify our cars and in some cases, the cars of those who have dangerously cut us off, are great.

So great, that one UAE resident has spent a whopping AED2.62 million on one.

The unnamed resident, who we’d very much like to friends with, spent the fairly decent sum on a plate that reads W22 – nice.

The action all went down at Dubai Transport and Authority’s 98th Open Plate Auction, this past weekend.

This isn’t the first time that someone has made headlines for spending money (A LOT) of money on something that most of us consider trivial.

In February last year, Dubai expat Balwinder Sahani spent an impressive AED4.5 million on a du mobile number.

The number  +971 58 888 8888, hands down have to be as Mr. West would put it, the most expensive mobile number of all time.

He, however, claims to have purchased it for a good case.

“I only wanted this number so it's the only one I bought. I never have limits when I want something, especially when it is for charity.” Sahani told national newspaper Khaleej Times at the time.

He’s also the same guy who spent AED33 million on a license plate that read D5 the previous year. That’s not all, before buying the D5 plate, he spent another AED25 million on an “O9” licence plate – seems like he has a thing for numbers.

In fact, he’s openly stated it. During an interview with Gulf News he said: “I like collecting unique number plates and I am proud to have got this number. I like number nine and D5 adds up to nine, so I went for it.”

He added: “I have collected 10 number plates so far and I am looking forward to having more. It’s a passion.”

Collecting number plates is big business in the UAE, with low numbers often being the most coveted. Back in 2008, Abu Dhabi’s number ‘1’ was famously bought for a whopping AED52.2 million by businessman Saeed Al Khouri – not bad.

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