July 19, 2013
A Luxury Kind Of Litter
Litter happens everywhere. It’s almost as inevitable as death or taxes.
But in the city of Dubai, located in the United Arab Emirates, the litter has an unusual aspect. For the last several years, the litter in Dubai has included high end sports cars, abandoned by their owners to gather thick layers of dust in airport car parks and city roadsides.
The United Arab Emirates has a serious car culture, according to Messy Nessy Chic. The folks there t,end to have a preference for the best and brightest in high-end super cars. Like who doesn’t? I would give my left arm to drive a Bugatti Veyron!
The problem is, the great oil boom of Dubai is over, and the economics facing the rest of the world is hitting there, too. When the boom was on, a lot of foreign investors – mostly British – put money into the red hot property and oil markets in Dubai. They became overnight millionaires and bought really high-end Italian and German sports cars to show off all that money. And then, along came the global economic crises to burst the pretty bubbles.
Thousands, yup you read that right, THOUSANDS of luxury sports cars are being abandoned every year. Ex-pats and locals alike are fleeing the country ahead of crippling debts in a country where bouncing a check is a criminal offense. They park the car, hop the next flight out of the country and are not heard from in Dubai again.
What kind of cars are we talking about? Ferraris, Porsches, BMWs, Mercedes and more. Some owners leave apology notes and loan documents, some just leave the keys. For example, last year the police confiscated a million dollar Ferrari Enzo that had spent several months in a car park. There were only 400 of these cars made. This rare, exotic car was put up for auction alongside other Ferraris, Porsches, Range Rovers and Mercedes.
To me, someone who loves sports cars, this is a travesty. But if you have the cash to pay for shipping, you could get one hell of a deal. To the residents of Dubai, this is a litter problem of epic proportions.