A new world record for the cost of a car license plate was set on Saturday in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The registration plate of this country, consisting of two letters and one number, sold for 38 million dirhams (more than $10 million) at a charity auction in Dubai, which was held online.
The name of the buyer who purchased the AA9 number is not yet reported. Registration plates U31, T38 and E51 were also put up for auction. In total, the auction brought 48.5 million dirhams ($13.2 million).
Among the participants of the auction was the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and the ruler of Dubai, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The proceeds from the auction will go to a campaign to distribute food to the poor.
The previous record was also set in Dubai. The D5 registration plate went under the hammer in 2016 for 33 million dirhams (almost $9 million).
Before the start of the Ramadan fast, the Emirate of Dubai announced that it would distribute 100 million portions of food to those in need. Some of the funds are planned to be raised at various charity auctions.
During the month of Ramadan, Muslims in the daytime refuse to eat and drink, entertainment, as well as marital relations. Pregnant and lactating women, the sick, children under seven years of age, as well as travelers are exempt from restrictions, but these reasons do not completely exempt them from fasting, the missed days must be made up at another time. Failure to fast without good reason is considered a great sin.