Some paranoia

When I saw Farrukh Ahmed’s post this evening and saw that yellow “Lambo”. For a minute, I thought why on this planet and especially in this city, where we all are living these days, every one is obsessed with cars. Of course, this includes me.

But there is another class, or a cult may be. Which only buys, and keeps the top of the range vehicles, in this town. I have seen people buying Ferrari Enzo (price tag AED 1.9 miln), Maserati MC12 (which can be yours for AED 3.5 miln) and Ferrari FXX (with the whopping price of AED 8.9 miln). My friends, this is not one off sales figure, these all cars were imported in quantity more than 3 units each and were already sold at the time of import.

This whole country got little population but got the highest per capita millionaires. As per fortune 500′s year 2004 report UAE alone have 58,000 millionaires, so one may think that why not!!! They got money so they can but it, plus its tax free.

But still the question is these cars are formula one vehicles and this place does not even have one world class track, except for Autodrome, so where they all drive these vehicles. That’s where the problem starts. Most of them drive these vehicles like crazy on Shaikh Zayed Road (SZR), every resident of Dubai knows this. Like one of the blogger mentioned on this website, sometime back, about a news paper where letters to editors are filled with reckless drivers’ complaints. So, the point is that these people drive these rocket cars on a regular free way and race among themselves. Then some wannabees try to race their cars on the road. Plus, we have abundant supply of 4×4 owners, who think that they own the right to drive an SUV on the left hand fast track and flash every saloon car in front of them.

These SUVs are another nuisance, most of these vehicles were bought as status symbol. Am cent percent sure that 90% of the SUVs on road are never been driven off road or have towed any trolley, so what’s the point of buying 3 litter plus engine vehicle, when it is not used for the purpose it is made for? This also brings the burden of buying more petrol from international market. Which ends up minimizing the government sponsored subsidy and eventually the middle and lower class suffers from the riches petrol bill.

In the end, I just want to make one more suggestion, just try any four digit plate number on traffic fines website, you may / will find only speed and parking tickets on most of the plates. That’s where you will agree with my observation.

3 Comments so far

  1. Farrukh Ahmed (unregistered) on February 25th, 2006 @ 12:55 am

    hey Crawler, that’s one interesting post on the blog!!!
    Speaking of whoopingly expensive cars, I remember I went to the Dubai Motorshow and was surprised that the Bugatti Veyron displayed there got sold off the floor. and the price ain’t even funny. 14 mil dirhams!!!!!!!!!!! and a token money of 3.4 mil was given then and there!!!

    The weird thing here is that no matter how awesome a car u have, its impossible to top a certain speed cause of cameras and traffic issues!!! U need to have a proper track to enjoy these beasts, which Dubai really needs to work on.


  2. Dubai Crawler (unregistered) on February 25th, 2006 @ 2:16 am

    Farrukh, do you think that they care about AED 200 speed ticket, Huh!! when they are willing to pay in millions for a car of course they dont mind paying atleast thousand dirham a month in fines. But on other hand they are playing with lives of other drivers, isnt it!!


  3. pinkyracer (unregistered) on February 28th, 2006 @ 8:16 am

    I love this blog! I’m so glad someone posted the piece about the ports to the main site. So I came and read some more about Dubai, and hey, Los Angeles may have a lot more people, but we have the same exact problems with SUV drivers who don’t go off road, and if you click on my URL, you can see what I had to say about Ferrarris in LA.

    All together children…It’s a small world, after all…

    I love these moments when the internet really does bring people together.



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