Businessman Drops $4.9-Million For UAE License Plate '1'

June 15, 2016


In a recent auction, richer than rich businessman Arif Ahmed al-Zarouni payed $4.9-million for the Sharjah (the third largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates) license plate with just the number 1. So he paid more almost four times what the $1.3-million Pagani Huayra supercar he put it on is worth, just for the plate. Why am I so poor? I just about shit myself yesterday when I found two $1's in my jean jacket pocket.

"My ambition is always to be number 1," said Arif Ahmad al-Zarouni...

Each of the seven emirates of the UAE has its own licence plate system, meaning there are seven opportunities to be "Number 1" across the federation.

And while the price paid by Mr Zarouni may seem large, it isn't the record spent on a licence plate in the UAE.

That dubious honour goes to the then-25-year-old businessman Saeed al-Khouri, who paid a staggering AED52.2 million [$14.2-million) for the number 1 plate in Abu Dhabi in 2008.

You know my good pal/mortal enemy Terry and I always joke around that some day one of us will reveal to the other that he's actually an obscenely rich prince and our whole friendship has just been a test to find another man who was pure of heart to share his wealth with. Obviously, I am no rich prince. I'm really hoping he is though. I kinda put all my eggs in that basket. Any day now, Terry. Please.

Thanks to vishal, who had every intention of bidding $5-million but missed the auction when he took a bathroom break.

  • Deksam

    Why didn't he pay a lot for a #1 bidding number as well??!
    Kinda hard and hypocritical to you values, when you easily comply with all other numbered systems.

    Ugh... How pure idiots squander North American money, that they never worked for or even value.

    PS: the #3 is the 1st number on the plate... [duh... knife to the head]

  • Michael Knight

    and then someone comes out with the personalized plate 'one', wonder what this idiot will pay for that.

  • Andyman7714

    And they hate western values?

  • Frédéric Purenne

    Just the religious ones... we have the wrong equivalent god.

  • Draco Basileus

    Just wait until they come out with the commemorative plates for special causes. Wonder what he'll pay for a "Breast Cancer Awareness" plate?

  • Frédéric Purenne

    "My ambition is always to be number 1," said Arif Ahmad al-Zarouni...

    Yup, number 1 rich dumbass.

  • heretikeen

    Number one at being born son of a rich oil magnate.
    Major accomplishment, bro! Show em!

  • flyppster

    But he'll always be a #2.

  • Meh

    So just looking like a moron wasn't enough.

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