Ali Al Showaihi, right, and his brother Ahmed came up with the idea to apply more than 60,000 coins to their 2011 Range Rover in Dubai. Jeff Topping/ The National
Ali Al Showaihi, right, and his brother Ahmed came up with the idea to apply more than 60,000 coins to their 2011 Range Rover in Dubai. Jeff Topping/ The National

Patriotic UAE trio hope for world record with coin-covered vehicle

DUBAI // Emiratis are proud of their cars all year round, but on one special day their wheels have to be in mint condition.

Three Emiratis have made sure that will be the case by covering a Range Rover with coins – a small fortune to show how fortunate they feel about belonging to this country – for the 42nd UAE National Day.

And to introduce a touch of heritage, Ali Al Showaihi, his brother Ahmed Al Showaihi and business partner Khalil Al Qassab are also covering a classic Land Rover with dried palm leaves in the colours of the UAE flag.

The Range Rover, with more than 60,000 coins from 15 countries including the six GCC nations, the US and Britain, was on display at this month’s Dubai Grand Parade.

But now the interior of the 4x4 will also be completely covered.

“Now, we will paste them on the door, dashboard and other parts of the car inside,” said Ali, 31.

He has approached Guinness World Records to recognise his car as being covered with the largest number of coins and is expecting an answer within two months.

This is not the first time Ali and his compatriots have used coins to decorate a car.

In 2011, they covered a Mercedes G55 with UAE coins, which cost them US$220,000 (Dh808,000).

Last year, they covered another Range Rover with coins from GCC countries. They collected 100-fils coins from Bahrain, 50-halala coins from Saudi Arabia, 50-dirham pieces from Qatar and 50-baisa coins from Oman.

From the UAE, they bought commemorative Dh100 coins, which carry a picture of the President, Sheikh Khalifa, and commemorative Dh50 coins.

“I wanted about 38,000 pieces of 25 fil coins. I went to the bank every week and got 2,000 pieces. We had used these to design the UAE flag,” Ali said.

The whole effort cost $170,000, including the costs of sending people to source the money, paying for rare, old coins and glueing them to the car.

By comparison, this year will be inexpensive.

“We will be spending about Dh40,000,” Ali said. “We want to make something different every year. We want to show everybody that we love our country.

“We like cars and this is our way of expressing love for our country.”

The 1985 Land Rover is a work in progress.

“We will first cover the Land Rover with foil, then stick the dried leaves using three types of glue,” Ali said.

“It will be difficult to do this and each leaf has to be stuck individually. It will take about two weeks to get it ready.”

Once pasted to the car the leaves will be painted in red, white, black and green.

Ali, who owns a company called 111 Group with Khalid, which comprises car rentals, a garage and a showroom, hit on the idea while walking to the supermarket.

“I saw people cutting down palm trees near my house,” he said. “I told them to bring the leaves to my house instead of letting them go to waste.

“I wanted to do something for National Day that reflects tradition.”

He said the ideas were his own.

“Nobody gives me ideas. I think of ways to catch the attention of people and the media and come up with these unique ideas myself. If you have to be number one, you have to think creatively,” Ali said.

The cars will be seen cruising down Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard in Downtown Dubai on National Day, December 2.

Hidden killer

Sepsis arises when the body tries to fight an infection but damages its own tissue and organs in the process.

The World Health Organisation estimates it affects about 30 million people each year and that about six million die.

Of those about three million are newborns and 1.2 are young children.

Patients with septic shock must often have limbs amputated if clots in their limbs prevent blood flow, causing the limbs to die.

Campaigners say the condition is often diagnosed far too late by medical professionals and that many patients wait too long to seek treatment, confusing the symptoms with flu. 

Company profile


Started:+January 2021 

Founders:+Sanad Yaghi, Ali Al Sayegh and Shadi Joulani 


Number of employees:+140 

Sector:+B2B Vertical SaaS(software as a service) 

Investment:+$5.2 million 

Funding stage:+Seed round 

Investors:+Global Founders Capital, Colle Capital Partners, Wamda Capital, Plug and Play, Comma Capital, Nowais Capital, Annex Investments and AMK Investment Office  


Hong Kong 52-5 UAE
South Korea 55-5 Malaysia
Malaysia 6-70 Hong Kong
UAE 36-32 South Korea

Friday, June 21, 7.30pm kick-off: UAE v Malaysia
At The Sevens, Dubai (admission is free).
Saturday: Hong Kong v South Korea

The specs

Price, base / as tested Dh12 million

Engine 8.0-litre quad-turbo, W16

Gearbox seven-speed dual clutch auto

Power 1479 @ 6,700rpm

Torque 1600Nm @ 2,000rpm 0-100kph: 2.6 seconds 0-200kph: 6.1 seconds

Top speed 420 kph (governed)

Fuel economy, combined 35.2L / 100km (est)


Edinburgh: November 4 (unchanged)

Bahrain: November 15 (from September 15); second daily service from January 1

Kuwait: November 15 (from September 16)

Mumbai: January 1 (from October 27)

Ahmedabad: January 1 (from October 27)

Colombo: January 2 (from January 1)

Muscat: March 1 (from December 1)

Lyon: March 1 (from December 1)

Bologna: March 1 (from December 1)

Source: Emirates


Company name: Nomad Homes
Started: 2020
Founders: Helen Chen, Damien Drap, and Dan Piehler
Based: UAE and Europe
Industry: PropTech
Funds raised so far: $44m
Investors: Acrew Capital, 01 Advisors, HighSage Ventures, Abstract Ventures, Partech, Precursor Ventures, Potluck Ventures, Knollwood and several undisclosed hedge funds

Black Panther
Dir: Ryan Coogler
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o
Five stars


Dir: Guy Nattiv

Starring: Jamie Bell, Danielle McDonald, Bill Camp, Vera Farmiga

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

MWTC info

Tickets to the MWTC range from Dh100 and can be purchased from or by calling 800 86 823 from within the UAE or +971 4 366 2289 from outside the country and all Virgin Megastores. Fans looking to attend all three days of the MWTC can avail of a special 20 percent discount on ticket prices.


Born: Mukalla, Yemen, 1979

Education: UAE University, Al Ain

Family: Married with two daughters: Asayel, 7, and Sara, 6

Favourite piece of music: Horse Dance by Naseer Shamma

Favourite book: Science and geology

Favourite place to travel to: Washington DC

Best advice you’ve ever been given: If you have a dream, you have to believe it, then you will see it.

If you go...

Fly from Dubai or Abu Dhabi to Chiang Mai in Thailand, via Bangkok, before taking a five-hour bus ride across the Laos border to Huay Xai. The land border crossing at Huay Xai is a well-trodden route, meaning entry is swift, though travellers should be aware of visa requirements for both countries.

Flights from Dubai start at Dh4,000 return with Emirates, while Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi start at Dh2,000. Local buses can be booked in Chiang Mai from around Dh50

List of alleged parties

May 15 2020: PM and Carrie attend 'work meeting' with at
least 17 staff members

May 20 2020: PM and Carrie attend 'bring your own booze'

Nov 27 2020: PM gives speech at leaving do for his staff

Dec 10 2020: Staff party held by then-education secretary
Gavin Williamson

Dec 13 2020: PM and Carrie throw a flat party

Dec 14 2020: London mayor candidate Shaun Bailey holds staff party at Conservative
Party headquarters

Dec 15 2020: PM takes part in a staff quiz

Dec 18 2020: Downing Street Christmas party


Director: Lee Cronin
Stars: Alyssa Sutherland, Morgan Davies, Lily Sullivan
Rating: 5/5

Best Academy: Ajax and Benfica

Best Agent: Jorge Mendes

Best Club : Liverpool   

 Best Coach: Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)  

 Best Goalkeeper: Alisson Becker

 Best Men’s Player: Cristiano Ronaldo

 Best Partnership of the Year Award by SportBusiness: Manchester City and SAP

 Best Referee: Stephanie Frappart

Best Revelation Player: Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid and Portugal)

Best Sporting Director: Andrea Berta (Atletico Madrid)

Best Women's Player:  Lucy Bronze

Best Young Arab Player: Achraf Hakimi

 Kooora – Best Arab Club: Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia)

 Kooora – Best Arab Player: Abderrazak Hamdallah (Al-Nassr FC, Saudi Arabia)

 Player Career Award: Miralem Pjanic and Ryan Giggs


Director: Lulu Wang

Stars: Nicole Kidman, Sarayu Blue, Ji-young Yoo, Brian Tee, Jack Huston

Rating: 4/5


-19 T Fleetwood (Eng); -18 R McIlroy (NI), T Lawrence (SA); -16 J Smith; -15 F Molinari (Ita); -14 Z Lombard (SA), S Crocker (US)

Selected: -11 A Meronk (Pol); -10 E Ferguson (Sco); -8 R Fox (NZ) -7 L Donald (Eng); -5 T McKibbin (NI), N Hoejgaard (Den)

Day 1, Abu Dhabi Test: At a glance

Moment of the day Dimuth Karunaratne had batted with plenty of pluck, and no little skill, in getting to within seven runs of a first-day century. Then, while he ran what he thought was a comfortable single to mid-on, his batting partner Dinesh Chandimal opted to stay at home. The opener was run out by the length of the pitch.

Stat of the day - 1 One six was hit on Day 1. The boundary was only breached 18 times in total over the course of the 90 overs. When it did arrive, the lone six was a thing of beauty, as Niroshan Dickwella effortlessly clipped Mohammed Amir over the square-leg boundary.

The verdict Three wickets down at lunch, on a featherbed wicket having won the toss, and Sri Lanka’s fragile confidence must have been waning. Then Karunaratne and Chandimal's alliance of precisely 100 gave them a foothold in the match. Dickwella’s free-spirited strokeplay meant the Sri Lankans were handily placed at 227 for four at the close.

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