The moment a Dubai 5 number plate was sold for AED 33 Million

Dubai businessman buys number plate for Dh33 MILLION
One of many bidders at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) auction in Dubai, Sahni ended up paying Dh33 million for the exclusive plate – leaving plenty of change in his pocket compared to his first estimations.

"People were increasing the bids in their hundreds of thousands, I was raising the bids by Dh1 million," the 44-year-old, 10-year Dubai resident said.

After a fierce bidding war between 16 wannabe owners, Sahni reined successful in the bid. But why was he so adamant to get his hands on the plate? "Because number 9 is my lucky number. D is the fourth letter in the alphabet and add that to 5, it makes 9." Although he admitted it was a "tough bidding war", he said he "had to win".

Sahni's bright smile captured the audience of many on Saturday evening when the hammer hit down on the gavel at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel.

He also paid Dh1 million for another number plate in the same sitting. All the money raised at the RTA auction will be going to charity, so if anyone can say they've done their bit for charity this weekend, he can.

But Sahni is no stranger to generosity. Just last year at a Shaikha Haya Charity Initiative, he successfully bid on plate number 9 – paying Dh24 million for the privilege.

Born and raised in Kuwait, Sahni is the Chairman of RSG International Group of companies. When asked where he'll be putting the pricey number plate, he said: "On my Rolls Royce," of which he has six. A total of 80 number plates went under the hammer on Saturday.

Dubai plate number P 27 went for Dh2.14 million and Q 77 sold for Dh4.52 million. CEO of RSG International Group of companies, and close friend of Sahni, Jasjit Jaaj, told Khaleej Times: "This is such a generous move and celebratory news. This is not the first time he is giving to charity and it won't be the last."

29 thoughts on “The moment a Dubai 5 number plate was sold for AED 33 Million”

  1. That number is not in dollars!!!! Its dirham…. so its like 10 mil. USD. And it is not a good investment cause in 15 years there will be like 90% electric cars in the world haha

  2. Very good idea. The owner can keep this big property in a hand bag or in his pocket as an ownership certificate.

    I request RTA to provide a specially designed ownership card same like a car registration card instead of paper certificate.

    • No it is not we do that alot in the middle east this is in uae dubai. But in saudi arabia we all have the same looking car plates so when you have a spicial one it will be a very rare one


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