Another non-surprising turn of events happened in Dubai yesterday. The heat outside was nothing compared to what was going on inside Jumeirah Beach Hotel where a number plate auction was held.
The car registration plate number F33333 finally sold for AED1,130,000 (US$308,000) at a Roads and Transport Authority Distinguished Number Plates Auction after a tough bidding which attracted at least 250 bidders.
The five-digit number plates of category F topped the session with the number F33333, the best seller, followed by F88888 which was sold for AED1.30 million and F66666 for AED1.10 million.
A few months ago, Talal Ali Mohammad Khouri, a businessman and member of the board of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce, paid AED11 million (approx. US$3 million) for the single-digit number 7.