I’m not much of a car person. I’ve never cared about fancy cars and drove my trusty old four-door sedan even after having two kids. Gasp! (People in Texas thought this was crazy as most people there switch to an SUV as soon as they have one kid.) Living in Dubai though, you can’t help but notice when a car that costs more than $300,000 zips past you, and it happens at least a couple of times a day. Lamborghinis and Ferraris (as well as other exotic cars, of which I don’t know the name) are commonplace, and chances are, the cost well surpasses the $350,000 I mentioned in the title of the post. That is mind-boggling when you stop to think about it. (Just don’t boggle your mind thinking about it while driving here because you definitely need your wits about you to focus on the crazy roads and unpredictable drivers.)
The Lamborghinis and Ferraris are invariably yellow, red or black. There are a few exceptions, but generally, the owners of these cars stick to these three colors. Rolls Royce owners on the other hand… now they know how to jazz it up a bit. Before moving to Dubai, when thinking of a Rolls Royce (wait… let’s be honest, I never really thought of Rolls Royces before moving here) I would imagine a butler standing outside of a black boat-like car in front of a white mansion and sprawling estate. Words that come to mind: Stuffy. Chauffeur. Boring. Never would I have thought of a dainty woman, clickety-clacking on her stilettos, climbing in the driver’s seat. Or of a suave bachelor type, relaxing with his cigarette-holding hand leisurely flopped outside the window. Pepto Bismol Pink? Gumball blue? Reflective disco ball enamel? Not colors I would normally associate with a Rolls Royce. I am intrigued by someone who had hundreds of thousands of dollars to spend and decided to use it to buy a very expensive car that doesn’t even look fun to drive. (although it does look quite spacious and comfy!) Anyway, so I recently decided to start snapping pictures of them. Once I started looking for them – they were popping up everywhere! I took these with my old phone so excuse the poor quality. I realize this is a bit pointless… but I guess it does speak to the car culture and culture of wealth in Dubai. Happy and safe driving everyone!