Man Spends $9-Million On UAE License Plate With Single Digit '5'

November 2, 2016


This is Dubai property developer Balwinder Sahni and two of his Rolls Royces with single digit United Arab Emirates license plates (the lower the number, the higher the prestige). Sahni just paid $9-million at auction for the '5' plate, and previously paid $6.7-million for the '9' last year. For reference, that's $15.7-million he's spent on license plates alone. Damn rich people.

Since Dubai has no income tax, Sahni says he sees the hefty license plate purchases as his contribution to the public coffers. He says he believes the money will go to charity and toward improving the city's infrastructure.

"I believe in giving back," he said. "This city has given me a lot."

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority declined to comment on how the proceeds from the license plate auctions are spent. The authority holds several a year. Bids can start in the millions of dirhams.

I don't know if you could tell by the picture, but Sahni is also legally blind. Just kidding, he can see. I think. Still, $15.7-million on license plates? I would have used that money to build a hospital. Or, fine, a giant superlaser to destroy my enemies. Tomato, tomahto.

Thanks to BS, who agrees even a $155 registration renewal is too much. And now I need a SMOG check? What the hell.

  • ashcoal

    If he waited a while longer Hillary would have made it for him at a discount.

  • Deksam

    That is what happens when you embrace the oil trade without any apologies. The way North America should be, but no we would rather give all our money away to people that hate our culture, but yet love the stuff we make.

  • The_Wretched

    So he wears a plain white robe to appear modest and humble?

  • Rusty Shackleford

    Standard Emirati wear sir, cant an Emirati unless you are part of the Emirates which makes you royalty

  • bluecheesedressing

    Looks like a silk thawb to me.

  • Meh

    God we have a pathetic top tier rich bastards on this planet.

  • Xockszky

    Where I live, you used to be able to get license plates with a low number if you renewed your license fast enough. Before they introduced the current "AAA 111" system in the late '70s, license plates were numbered, and they started with 1.

  • GeneralDisorder

    I wish it were feasible for people to buy and sell license plates in Pennsylvania. But in this state if I wanted someone else's vanity plate I'd have to be their child and live in the same household. Or so that one notary told me.

    What I really want is my first license plate back. Because it's the only license plate number I remember.

  • Jenness

    I'm all for conspicuous consumption but considering the entire migrant and ISIS crisis all around that place and but until now their borders have been totally close (though they generously plan to take in 15k refugees (keep in mind Turkey has 2.7 million) -

    well it doesn't take a genius to see that being the world's biggest assholes to your own neighbors in desperate need really pays off well.

  • Big Dog on Krampus

    you tellin' me they are fighting over the small numbers instead of 42069???

  • Andrew Newton

    He can claim it will go towards charity (unlikely), but in Dubai it is considered the highest social status to have the smallest license plate number.

  • That's literally in the first sentence of this post.

  • Andrew Newton

    yes - I was pointing out the charity claim is bullshit.

  • Draco Basileus

    I'd have paid $10 if the plate said "Johnny #5"

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