Car number auction fetches Dh14.368m

DUBAI — The 20th car number auction yesterday fetched Dh14.368 million, said the auction organisers.

By A Correspondent

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Published: Thu 16 Dec 2004, 11:31 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:30 PM

The auction at the Dubai Police Officers’ Club started at 11am, but did not end till late afternoon. Bidders had many a break. Besides the bidders interested in buying numbers for themselves, also present there were agents who performed the role of bidders on behalf of others and kept calling them on mobile phones throughout the auction’s time.

The numbers were in E-Code, and the number that fetched the highest bid was (28), bought for Dh720,000. The No. (29) following, fetching Dh670,000.

Brigadier Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen, Director of Dubai Traffic Police Department, and members of the car number auction committee were at the auction.

The auction included E-Code two, three, four and five-digit numbers. A total of 58 numbers of a total base value of Dh6.9 million were to be auctioned.

Brig. Al Zafeen’s expectation that the auction would be similar to the previous (19th) auction in terms of the numbers of people interested in it was true.

The hall at the Officers Club was packed to capacity, and as Brig. Al Zafeen anticipated, the numbers on offer were auctioned at almost double the base value.

The auction included 19 two-digit numbers of a base value of Dh200,000 each (total value of Dh3.8 million), including numbers 28 and 29.

There were two 3-digit numbers (606 and 808) each having a base value of Dh130,000; four 3-digit numbers (440, 660 and 880) of a base value of Dh120,000 each; and nine 3-digit numbers (121, 212, 373, 464, 535, 686, 717, 828 and 969), each having a base value of Dh80,000.

The auction included nine 4-digit numbers of a base value of 50,000 each (total of Dh450,000). These number were: 1001, 2002, 3003, 4004, 5005, 6006, 7007, 8008 and 9009. Besides, there were six 5-digit numbers of a base value of Dh110,000 (total Dh660,000). They were: 22222, 33333, 44444, 66666, 88888 and 99999. There were also several two, three and four digit numbers of the E-Code auctioned yesterday.

Officials said before the auction that the committee would prepare lists of customised numbers to study them and see which numbers are most popular. Some numbers in the past did not fetch more than their base value. Officials said auctions had proved a success in the emirate, attended by many nationals and expatriates. Dubai Police were the first to introduce customised car numbers in the region. Other traffic authorities in the region have started trying to copy this experience.

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