Indian businessman pays $9mn for Dubai number plate

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Balwinder Sahani poses with his number plate D5

An Indian businessman has paid $9mn at auction to grab a single-digit car registration plate in Dubai, feeding a passion for “unique” number plates.

Balwinder Sahani, who owns a Dubai-based property management company, spent 33mn dirhams on the “D5” number plate, in an auction organized by the road authority, Gulf News daily reported on Sunday.

“I have collected 10 number plates so far and I am looking forward to having more. It’s a passion. This number will go to one of my Rolls-Royces,” he said.

The daily said more than 300 bidders participated on Saturday in the auction which is organized every two months. Eighty special numbers were on offer.

Auctions for “unique” car plates have become a fashion in the glitzy United Arab Emirates with auction organizers frequently netting millions of dollars. (AFP/Dubai)

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