“Dh50 million, Dh100 million, whatever the bidding would have reached, I would have bought it.”
A vision of blue amongst many white kandoras, Indian businessman, Balwinder Sahni told Khaleej Times on Saturday he had “no budget” when it came to getting his hands on the distinguished Dubai number plate D5.
One of many bidders at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) auction in Dubai, Sahni ended up paying Dh33 million for the exclusive plate – leaving plenty of change in his pocket compared to his first estimations.
“People were increasing the bids in their hundreds of thousands, I was raising the bids by Dh1 million,” the 44-year-old, 10-year Dubai resident said.
After a fierce bidding war between 16 wannabe owners, Sahni reined successful in the bid. But why was he so adamant to get his hands on the plate? “Because number 9 is my lucky number. D is the fourth letter in the alphabet and add that to 5, it makes 9.” Although he admitted it was a “tough bidding war”, he said he “had to win”. More info
Originally from the UK, Kelly Clarke joined Khaleej Times in November 2012. She has a keen interest in humanitarian issues and took over as the dedicated Education Reporter in August 2016. In her spare time she loves to travel off the beaten track, and often write about her quirky experiences of pastures new. Kelly received her BA Honours in Journalism from Middlesex University, UK in 2008. Before joining Khaleej Times she worked as a Supervising Editor for three Healthcare titles in London. @KellyAnn_Clarke