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Tourist racks up $64k in speeding fines in Dubai

Tourist racks up $64k in speeding fines in Dubai

His auto was spotted on the E 11 highway, the longest road in the Emirates which is known as the Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, and it set off every speed camera along the stretch.

The 25-year-old man rented a luxury supercar in Dubai, then repeatedly broke the speed limit as he belted down some of the city's busiest roads over a period of four hours early on Tuesday, the state-owned newspaper the National reports.

The British man rented a Lamborghini Huracan worth Dhs1.3m on July 30 from vehicle rental dealership, Rent a auto, reports Gulf Business.

The total cost of the fines came to 175,000 dirhams (£36,000; $47,600).

He left his passport with the dealership as a guarantee, but the owners told local media that they have not claimed the vehicle back yet because they may be liable to pay the fines.

It stated that it has not claimed the auto back yet as they may be liable to paying the fines.

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The Brit has given his address as the plush Five hotel, in Palm Jumeirah, which hosts celebrities. I won't be trying to take it back, because once I do, I know I have to surrender it to police.

"Then who pays the money for the impounding?"

According to a report carried by The National, a leading English-language newspaper in the Middle East, the British national was recorded speeding at up to 230 kph and has racked up fines to the tune of Dh175,000 (₹32.7 lakh). "We shouldn't do so for sure, it's his fault and he should pay that amount", he added.

Nevertheless, it seems unclear whether the Brit can zip back to his homeland or not without his passport, as the government of the United Arab Emirates apparently won't be forcing him to stick around.

Iqbal said: "But even if he did not, I can't keep his passport with me for long".

The British Embassy has been informed of the incident.


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