British tourist given £35k fine after driving at 150mph through Dubai

The tourist broke the speed limit 33 times in three hours. Courtesy Rent a Car

The tourist broke the speed limit 33 times in three hours. Courtesy Rent a Car

The man was caught 32 times on the Sheikh Zayed Road, south-west of Dubai's CBD, and once on Garn Al Sabkha Road - two of the busiest arteries in and around Dubai - while reportedly triggering every single radar now installed on the road.

Mohammad Ebrahim, the owner of the dealership, stated the tourist rented the Lamborghini for DH6,000 ($1,633) per day for three days.

According to The Sun, the unnamed British tourist spent the same length of time as that tour Gilligan and the Skipper had been planning blasting along desert highways like the Sheikh Zayed Road in the rented Lamborghini at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour early one recent morning-a joyride that, unsurprisingly, caught the attention of the all-seeing eyes of speed cameras lining the route.

"Who pays the money for the impound?" asked a partner at the vehicle dealership.

Dubai Police records revealed he sped between 126km/h and 230km/h, constantly setting off radars as he drove.

Under the new traffic laws implemented in the UAE past year, the fine for exceeding the speed limit by 60km/h stands at Dhs2,000, along with 12 traffic points and a 30-day auto confiscation.

Ibrahim told local media that the tourist left his passport as the guarantee for the vehicle when he rented the auto and since the company hasn't claimed the auto back, he hasn't received his passport in return. We shouldn't do so for sure.

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And therein lies the standoff: they haven't claimed the auto back yet, because they, as registered owners, might be liable to pay the speeding tickets.

Racking up fines of AED70,000 for 12 violations and then another AED105,000 to get the auto out of impound, the vehicle dealership is reluctant to retrieve the vehicle from the hotel, as it can not pay the impound fines.

Meanwhile, the Lamborghini is gathering sand and dust parked outside the front of the hotel, little more than a piece of expensive street furniture.

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.

He said that he was concerned the tourist would claim to have lost his passport in order to obtain anew one and leave the country.

The dealership believe the driver is at fault and needs to pay the impound fines, according to the report.

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

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