Dubai Number Reg Plate Auction Hits High Prices
Spending money for fantasy vehicle number plates is a good investment in Dubai, said an Emirati entrepreneur who spent over Dh3 million to purchase his favourite number at an auction on Saturday.
In its first open auction of the year, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai placed 80 distinguished numbers for auction at the Godolphin Ballroom in the Emirates Towers Hotel. The numbers included numbers of two, three, four and five digits.
Waleed Abdul Khader spent Dh3.08 million to buy number 18 of O series on Saturday.
"I came here only for this number and I have got it for Dh3.08 million. It is a good investment that I am making and I advise others too to put their money in unique number plates," said the Emirati businessman.
"Investing in number plates is part of my business and I have full confidence in the potential value appreciation," he told Khaleej Times, in the middle of the auction, attended by a few hundred number plate enthusiasts.
"I have seen the value of number plates multiply several times over years. For instance, a number plate which was bought for Dh2 million about seven years ago is worth Dh30 million now.
The value of number plates has not come down and compared to investment in property or share market, this is an attractive option for me," said Abdullah Shahib, who was waiting to know the pulse of the auction before taking his turn. Some of the distinguished numbers were sold for over Dh1 million.
The process of getting personalised number plates can be confusing for people, especially those doing it for the first time. However, the amount of interest and value these letters and numbers displayed on a plate have gained in the recent years is hard to ignore.
The prices thrown around for personalised number places will make your head spin. It is at this juncture that one realizes that private Reg plates are of huge importance to many car owners, as they are more than just a combination of numbers and letters.
Most of them see personalised number plates as an accessory to the car and a rather interesting investment opportunity rather than just an item of identification.
This explains the huge amounts of money that car owners are willing to part with just to get that combination on their car. Even at auctions buyers are known to engage in supremacy battles that lead to the skyrocketing of the prices of Regplates.
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