Dubai Business Number Plate Buyer Shells Out For Matching Mobile Number
Remember how Indian businessman and Dubai expat Balwinder Sahani spent Dhs33 million for the D 5 reg number plate last year? Well, he’s now spent Dhs4.25 million on a mobile phone number.
That’s right, Sahani spent more than Dhs4 million to nab the number at an auction at the Grand Hyatt on Saturday.
What is the number 058-8888888. Ironically, it’s unlikely that Sahani will be able to actually use the number.
“I can never use this number. I got it in my hands at 8.30pm today and till now, within just 2 hours, I’ve received 1,000 calls,” the owner of RSG International told the Khaleej Times.
Think this is a huge waste of money? Well, hold that thought, as it turns out all money spent by Sahani at the auction will go to charity (with du being a semi-government company).
It seems Sahwani is a bit of a profesh’ collector, as he told Gulf News last year when he bought the famous D 5 number plate (which now adorns a Rolls Royce): “I like collecting unique number plates and I am proud to have got this number. I like number nine and D 5 adds up to nine, so I went for it.”
He also spent Dhs25 million on a O9 plate in 2015. “I have collected 10 number plates so far and I am looking forward to having more. It’s a passion.”
How close a series of letters or numbers are to a real name of word: if the match quality is high (and the numbers and letters are very convincing in making a popular word), the value of the registration plate will be higher. This means that a match like 5IMON, for the name Simon, will be worth a lot more than a more obscure set of letters and numbers that are not as convincing a match, such as S17 MMM for the name Sam.
The style of the plate: this means establishing if it is a new-style plate, an older-style format or if it is dateless or Irish, for instance. Other options are that it is a prefix-style plate or a suffix-style plate. New-style number plates, which have been produced since 2001, tend to be the least valuable because they are a bit less appealing to some collectors, plus the rule about not having plates that are newer than your car can also come into play, putting people off from buying a newer-style plate for their older car. Prefix-style number plates, which were in production between 1983 and 2001 can be more popular as more vehicles are entitled to have those licence numbers, and they may have fewer characters in total. Suffix-style plates, issued from 1963 to 1983 are relatively rare, which means they can attract higher prices than prefix-style plates and newer designs. Dateless number plates, also known as cherished number plates, were produced between 1903 and 1963 and are nearly always the most valuable number plate configurations; they have fewer digits and their dateless nature means that people can hide the age of their car. Irish number plates are similar to dateless number plates, especially because they don’t have a year identifier. They also tend to be cheaper than other types of vehicle registration plates.
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