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Indian businessman pays Dhs4.52m for UAE mobile phone number

Indian businessman pays Dhs4.52m for UAE mobile phone number

Balwinder Sahani – who shelled out Dhs33m on car number plate last year – paid Dhs4.52m for 058-8888888

An Indian businessman has paid Dhs4.52m for an exclusive mobile phone number during an auction in the UAE.

The public auction for special numbers was held by telecom operator du at the Grand Hyatt on Saturday.

Dubai-based Indian businessman Balwinder Sahani – who shelled out Dhs33m on car licence plate D5 last year – bid the winning amount of Dhs4.52m for the exclusive number 058-8888888.

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Overall, the auction raised more than Dhs7.4m for 50 numbers.

Last year, a similar auction held by du earned more than Dhs7.1m for 50 numbers.

While Dhs2.55m was bid for a number ending in 1111, another sold for over Dhs1m.

Sahani, owner of property management firm RSG International, is a prolific number plate collector and last year beat competition from other VIPs to secure the D5 plate. He previously paid Dhs25m for the number O9.

“I like collecting unique number plates and I am proud to have got this number. I like number nine and D5 adds up to nine, so I went for it,” he told Gulf News at the time.

Read more: Video: Dubai businessman pays nearly $9m for a number plate

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