14 million dollar Car License Plate

Yes it is a true story. It is just an Aluminium plate (no diamond, no gold) with the number 1 on it.

UAE held an auction for “vanity car plates” to raise funds for a hospital. Saeed Khouri, a member of a wealthy Abu Dhabi family (Obviously), won the bid for this exclusive number ‘1’ plate for 14 million dollars.

He said: “I bought it because it’s the best number,” said Khouri, whose family made its fortune in real estate. “I bought it because I want to be the best in the world.” Source

So I guess the value of this plate goes way beyond the sheet of metal. 14 million dollar for an identity – the rich guy with the Number 1 plate, etc. Seriously, this really throw my sense of proportion out of balance. Maybe 14 million dollars really does not mean much in UAE?

Rarely you will have your licence plate costing more than most, if not all, cars in the world. I wonder how does it feel when a car bump you from behind? Or receive a call:”Your car plate is being kidnapped! Pay me millions of $$$”

Interesting plate! Interesting people!


7 Responses

  1. ya right

  2. Unbelievable right?

    But there are people who are unbelievably rich in some part of this world!

  3. okay,
    this is a load of crap..
    if im gonna spend 14 million dollars on a lisence plate.. it better be made of gold and have at least 5,003 diamonds..

    thank you for your time.

  4. Yeah, and I will also invest in some technology to prevent theft or robbery of the license plate on the car.

  5. I’m from Dubai..
    14million dollar means a lot in UAE (you can build more than 40 home for poor people)
    but here (UAE) there are many rich people & they doesnt know where to spend their money.
    this is not only in UAE
    London also the same
    In top gear programme i had seen SLR Meclarean
    has plate number (25) the owner said that the number can bring the car.. ^_^

  6. the number plate cost in UAE 15 dirhams (4.25 dollar)
    but the Appearances is the Pricey as they think
    Thanks for yor time

  7. Hi lajlaaj,

    Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately, I do not have the opportunity to visit Dubai, as I have seen the documentary on the Burj and the man made islands by Discovery Channel, and I really wished I can witness these amazing Engineering at work. The closest I got to is Bahrain.

    Anyway, back to the point, it seems like Dubai is filled with rich people. So if you look at the society demographics, is it safe to say that Dubai has a bulk of its population above the middle-income status? Or is there a big division between the rich and the poor?


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