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

June 15, 2016

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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.

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