Dubai to auction off more rare car number plates

Special plates on offer next week include O260 and V1102

Rare plate numbers will be up for grabs. Photo: RTA
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Dubai motorists can get in the driving seat to secure premium number plates up for grabs at an online auction next week.

The emirate's Roads and Transport Authority is putting 350 vehicle plates with three to five digits under the hammer.

The coveted numbers are for private cars bearing the codes of H, I, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y and Z.

The “special numbers” expected to be the most sought-after are O260 and V1102.

People can register for the auction from Monday, July 25, with the bidding expected to start at 8am on Monday, August 1, and continuing for five days.

The sale of licence plates in the auction is subject to 5 per cent VAT. Each bidder is required to have a traffic file opened in Dubai, must deposit a security cheque of Dh5,000 payable to the RTA and pay a non-refundable fee of Dh120.

Payment can be made at the authority's Customers Happiness Centres at Umm Al Ramool, Al Barsha and Deira or by credit card at or via the Dubai Drive app.

Latest lucrative auction

Rare number plates and phone numbers regularly fetch substantial sums in the UAE.

In April, Abu Dhabi's exclusive “2" car number plate sold for Dh23.3 million ($6.3m) at a charity auction for a global free meals campaign.

A total of Dh111m was raised for rare licence plates, as well as exclusive mobile phone numbers.

Proceeds from the Most Noble Numbers event went to the One Billion Meals initiative to provide food for people in need in 50 countries during Ramadan and beyond.

The RTA sold 100 plates and raised Dh36.55m at a previous auction in December last year.

Plate Z 31 was sold for Dh2,820,000 and V10000 for Dh920,000 while W500 and O66666 each fetched Dh840,000.

Updated: July 25, 2022, 1:32 PM