A limited edition Ferrari Enzo, multiple Lamborghinis, Porsches, Bentleys, Nissan Skylines and even a Honda NSX. Just some of the several thousand luxury supercars left to rot in airports and car parks across the United Arab Emirates every year.

Most large cities will have to tackle problems like unemployment, crime and housing issues, but Dubai’s surplus of abandoned luxury cars has become such an epidemic that it’s made international headlines across the world.

According to the newspaper Gulf News, there are some 2,000 to 3,000 cars abandoned each and every year in Dubai, simply discarded and left by their owners to gather dust in the searing desert heat.


Abdul Majeed Saifaie, director of Dubai’s waste management department, says that some of the cars are eventually moved and impounded if they obstruct roads or impact on safety, but others are left as they were, sometimes for years before they’re recovered.

Pictures of the cars, including that £1 million Enzo, have sparked fury on social media, with many assuming that the hyper-wealthy citizens of Dubai are so rich and so numb to the value of the things that they own that they simply leave the car when they’re bored and get another.

However, in truth one of the primary reasons that so many expensive luxury cars end up abandoned is due to Dubai’s struggle in the face of the effects of the global financial crisis, along with plunging oil prices.

Many of the cars belong to foreign expats, among them Brits, who travelled to cities like Dubai and Abu Dhabi in search of high-flying careers but who started to struggle when the UAE came upon hard times.

In the case of the aforementioned Enzo owner, he was allegedly a British expat who abandoned not just his car, but his entire life in Dubai after defaulting on the supercar’s finance payments and fleeing the city to avoid imprisonment.

Throughout the past five or six years, luxury cars including Ferraris, Koenigseggs and pricey BMWs have all been abandoned as their owners flee bankruptcy brought on by financial crises.

Under Sharia law, which is observed across the vast majority of the Middle East, non-payment of debt is a criminal offence. The UAE has no bankruptcy laws, so there is no protection for those who fail to meet their car repayments, pay off their credit cards or default on their mortgage, even accidentally.

Anyone who fails to make their payments faces imprisonment in the notoriously tough prisons of the United Arab Emirates, and the Sharia-influenced debt offences have even led Interpol to circulate red alerts to capture indebted Europeans attempting to flee the UAE.



There have been previously recorded cases of foreign workers being prevented from leaving the Emirates after being blacklisted for simply missing one credit card payment or bouncing a cheque. As a result, many expats are forced to abandon their lives to avoid jail time, often with their car keys still in the ignition.

However, the spate of abandoned cars isn’t just an exclusive tactic of expats on the run, but of many locals as well, sucked in by Dubai’s richer-than-rich attitude in a dangerous game of keeping up with the Joneses.

Speaking to Business Insider, one British expat who wished to go unnamed said: “It’s not just expats to blame for the irresponsible act of leaving expensive cars behind as they flee their debts, but many locals too. The aftermath of the global financial crisis affected people from all walks of life, not just foreign workers.

“Many took out big loans to finance flashy cars to keep up with their peers. But when things slowed down they have struggled to make repayments and have fallen into debt. Foreigners and locals have been caught out alike.”

The figures reflect this as well, with a recent number of cars impounded by the Municipality of Abu Dhabi shown to include a mixture of both foreign and Emirati former owners.

If there’s one good thing to come of the UAE’s abandoned car epidemic, it’s that car lovers can at least pick up some phenomenal machines at discount prices. Owners of luxury cars impounded by police have 15 days to come and claim their vehicle, before the car is auctioned off.


Most of the cars are sold by the authorities for pennies on the dollar, and given that thousands of cars are auctioned off each year there is at least an opportunity to get yourself a serious bargain. Just make sure you can afford the repayments.

Expats and Emirati nationals alike play a dangerous game in attempting to maintain the country’s de facto hyper-luxury lifestyle, which ultimately can prove to be a destructive one. Here in the West, it’s hard to imagine anybody thinking that a person should go to prison for struggling to keep up with their debts.

But then, you also have to wonder about the destructive impact of a system that makes it so easy for people to get into that much debt in the first place.=================

20 Sad Abandoned Cars In Dubai

Dubai is a weird place. On the one hand, you have the image of the ultra-luxury lifestyle that seems like it’s possible in only Dubai. There’s no better place in the world; everything seems so perfect. And while you might be able to tell such a portrayal is just a façade—created by pictures and videos—others couldn’t. Others got sucked into the short-blooming market, in which they did many regrettable things, including financing vehicles that they couldn’t afford.

Things were fine when the market was good. Prices rose, people profited and partied. But that didn’t, of course, last long. Things crashed so horrifically when the Great Depression happened that people were forced to focus on saving their lives rather than worry about anything else. And that’s because defaulting on loans in Dubai is a crime punished by jail time, as it’s a criminal offense. So that’s why you see so many abandoned cars in Dubai. People literally fled the country, often leaving keys in the ignition.

That continues to happen even now, although the frequency might have stabilized. It should be noted that such a case is not exclusive to expats; locals fall into the trap too (

There’s one good thing that comes out of this situation, though. The deserted cars—2K-3K annually—are impounded by officials and sold cheap. So, you can buy them. Just make sure you have enough capital!


Here’s another chic beauty dying in the dust. The exterior is quite fabulous, all stylish and well-proportioned, and despite not being exactly Porsche 911, the car is a quintessential Porsche. The big headlamps, the relatively small hood and the stylish contour of the back all make the Cayman charming. While the 911 has been in production since forever, the Cayman didn’t come into the market until late 2005. It is derived from the second generation Boxster, meaning both cars have a lot in common. Dive inside the car, and you’ll find yourself in a refined and comfortable car. Put your hands on the steering wheel, and the car will know exactly what to do; it has an amazing grip.

Here’s reviewing the car: “It’s helped by the fact it is mid-engined, which means perfect balance in all conditions, while the steering is incredibly accurate. This makes the Cayman a hugely enjoyable car to drive with a real feelgood factor from behind the wheel. There are two models – the standard Cayman and the more powerful Cayman S – both powered by characterful straight-six ‘boxer’ engines which have a delightful engine note.”

All that, of course, wasn’t the priority of the person who left this Porsche Cayman in Dubai.


In the land of the filthy rich, where oil, Instagram kids, and tourists abound, there’s not much of a need for the Camaro. Just to give you an idea, this is the same place where people flat out own a tiger instead of just a house cat that we keep as pets in our home in the US; so everything is kind of magnified. An actual cat instead of the common house-cat, an actual sports car instead of the meager Camaro—that’s the type of stuff that goes on in Dubai.

Nonetheless, we still consider the Camaro to be a respectable car, so here it is. It looks like it’s in a pretty bad shape. The car you see here is the RS package, meaning bigger wheels, high-tech lighting and few upscale pieces inside.

Here’s how C/D summarized the Camaro: “Six-cylinder engines are legitimately desirable in imports—BMWs, Jaguars, Porsches—yet in pony cars they’ve always been plagued by the Rodney Dangerfield syndrome. As the old Camaro/Challenger/Mustang rap goes, V-8s are for those serious about performance, V-6s are for secretarial pools and rental fleets.” Of course, the V8 is not everything, as the review says that V6 Camaro is a pony car without the need to be ashamed at having a V6.=================


In production from 2001-2010, the Murcielago replaced an era dominated by Diablo. As you know, Lambo derives its lineups’ name from bulls. “The name comes from a famous arena bull that was spared in an 1879 bullfight for its courage, and the moniker translates to ‘bat’ in Spanish. Other famous Lambos have drawn their names from the ring, including the Espada and Miura. The bull has always been the symbol of the prestigious company since it was founded by Ferruccio Lamborghini, himself born under the sign of Taurus,” (Motor Trend). Of course, Ferrari’s own horse-badge influenced the car in one way or another, as the two have been in the game with a relationship much like that between our domestic Ford and Chevy.

Anyway, this one doesn’t seem to be in that bad of a condition, and it seems to be one of the later model years. The exterior looks fancy and a bit aggressive. While you might look at the condition of this one and think that it’d be really expensive to own as a second-hand, that might not necessarily be the case. According to Jalopnik, these cars are currently in their “undervalue” phase, meaning that a Murcielago can be had for cheaper than expected.


Here’s a BMW, a Z3. The Z3 was a likable car that was produced from 1995-2002, after which the Z4 took the lead. It was a tiny little car that a lot of car enthusiasts and daily drivers liked. The exterior is designed beautifully, and the elongated hood looks good on it, although some reviewers don’t seem to be the biggest fan of it. The handling of the car is its forte; find an open, curvy road, and the ride acts like it was built for such roads (maybe it was?). It’s sporty, it’s cozy, it’s the BMW Z3. One of the worst features of this car was that it was discontinued.

Here’s what one owner said on Edmunds: “This is my 3rd BMW (325 ’96, 528i ’99). It’s a total blast to drive! I loved the 528i handling, but the Z3 must use some technology that flat-out reads my mind. I mean, the handling is just telepathic. I caught myself changing lane in for sure less than 0.1 second at 80 mph (typical on a non-jammed CA highway) by a slight movement of the steering wheel. This car means business.”


Ah, the old NSX. This car was rad back when it came out in 1990. The first-gen NSX was a mid-engined 3L V6 that was meant to beat the V8, V8 of a Ferrari though. And it was supposed to be cheaper. That was the whole point of the car. Ferrari was dominating everything, meaning it was also the standard for everything. So the supercar that met the standards of a Ferrari was made, and it was less pricey than a Ferrari; plus, Honda got to brag about its reliability. And just because it was made by Honda doesn’t mean it was any less of a supercar. The car’s exterior aerodynamics and styling were shaped after an F-16 fighter-jet cockpit.

But then Honda let it rot by not upgrading, and rot it did. And so did the owner of this car in Dubai.

Here’s Jalopnik decrying the car a little: “What was particularly troubling is that the one time Honda/Acura did bother to update the car, they made it look even worse. They gave the thing a ‘70s-tastic targa top and then killed the now-rightfully-beloved pop-up headlights. By the end it looked like a custom C5 Corvette (I’m looking at you, Matt Farah), and that was not what anyone wanted out of a mid-engine exotic sports car.”=================


Ooh, here we go with another Lambo. A successor of the Diablo, the Murcielago hit the market in 2001 and finished off at the end of the decade. The one you see here is from the early years of the production run, which is why the shape of the car looks like the cars from the late ‘90s or early ‘00s. While overall it looks like a proper sports car, various angles give off various different perceptions. Take a look at the side profile, and you’ll see that the car is narrower on the front side than the rear side.

Look at it from the front, and you’ll find it a bit out of shape. But then look at the car from the inside, and you’re bound to find the most striking cabin. Plus, when you drive the car, the exterior’s faults seem to evaporate.

Here’s what Motor Trend had to say about this car back in the days: “Deft driving and quick shifting through the six-gear transmission will reportedly yield a blistering 3.8-second 0-60 mph time on the way to an F1-grade 205-mph top speed. Improvements in aerodynamics, center of gravity, power, suspension, and tires combine to make this world-class performance possible.”


Here we are with the best from Audi, the A8, well, best without going too over the board in terms of money or prowess. It’s a full-size luxury sedan, so the price is pretty big at $82K for a current model year. The interior is where the car wins. It has a numerous luxury options, including the drama-free items in the cabin and some thought-provoking items in the back seats—such as a foot warmer. The exterior of the car is pretty good too, with awesome curves on the sides and the perfectly sloping roofline. The grille is only decent though, but the headlamps with the LED lights look aggressive. Overall, the car boasts a comfortable and posh ride, and drives equally well.

Of course, all that is not the case with this car you see in the picture here. If you look closely, you can see the sunroof was left up. And long-term, continuous exposure to the elements is detrimental to everything, including cars.

Here’s what C/D said about the newest model year: “Either way, the 2019 A8 poses a genuine threat to Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Cadillac. It is taller, longer, more isolated from the road, yet better controlled than the A8 it replaces. It is a cruise missile for the wealthy.”=================


While you already know a lot about this car from its movie appearance and the cult status that it has since attained, you might be less acquainted with the history of the DeLorean Motor Company itself. Just from the get-go, the car looks exotic. John DeLorean was an adaptive and quite a skilled guy. He started his career working for Chrysler when he was a college student and ended up being a vice-president. A few of his designs include the likes of the Pontiac GTO and Firebird. So, he thought he could do better and went on to create his own car business and started working on a car that would be just exotic. And that’s how came about the then-$25K DeLorean DMC-12, surpassing the price of the beefiest Corvette of its time. One financial constraint led to another, and he eventually got entrapped in a “sell-cocaine-get-rich” trap.

C/D stated: “Giugiaro’s rounded-doorstop sculpture looks magnificent in the flesh, and the machinery is good enough to spark a fiery love affair after one quick drive around the block. The De Lorean is not a hard-edged answer to the 911 Porsche, nor is it another fatuous Corvette-clone. And while it stretches the established sports-car performance envelope not an iota, this car is at least happy with itself.”


While the way the subheading is worded seems like there’s a code word that needs to be deciphered—and maybe it does—this car conveys one message quite simply: It is one well-appointed and good-looking car. (In case you needed some help with its position in the hierarchy of MB’s lineups, here it is. It’s derived from the E-Class, but is positioned above the E-Class and obviously below the S-Class.) The current price of one of these beauties is $110K in the US. Who knows what the Dubaians have to pay for one there. But for that price, you get one good-looking and good-performing car.

Here’s what C/D has to say: “Whenever you add the letters ‘AMG’ to a Mercedes model, you are sure to get breathtaking performance, and the CLS63 AMG is no exception. As the high-horsepower version of Mercedes’ ‘four-door coupe,’ it offers stylish lines with room for four. Under the hood is a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 that makes a beastly 577 hp and 590 lb-ft with a seven-speed automatic.”

Anyway, as you can see in the picture here, the car is just in a terrible shape. If the exterior has accumulated this much of dirt and dust, just imagine how stale the interior parts must have become.=================


While BMWs have their own charisma, the M versions take everything to another level. It’s like the normal series, except it’s on steroids. Everything is bigger, better and more beautiful. The very first captivating thing about the M cars in general is the wider body, which makes them seem just more aggressive. The lower half of the front face is about as aggressive as the lower half of the body in the rear. Of course, this car has its own niche. The very thing that enthralls a few into its world becomes a detriment on curves, for you can’t expect it to handle like a small sports car.

The weight is capable of pulling itself very fast in a straight line though. The interior of an M car is well-equipped and comfortable.

Here’s C/D on the car: “The BMW M6 is a paradoxical car. Its name harks back to an epic road-burning coupe, one with a race-derived inline-six engine, but in its current form it is a gigantic and heavy luxury machine that just happens to be fast. In both coupe and convertible forms, the M6 weighs in at around two tons, heft that’s overcome using a 560-hp twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8.”


Here’s a beast that’s likely well-liked by Dubaians. It’s a rugged car that has a soft personality and a top-notch engine. Unlike the Honda NXS described elsewhere, this is a lineup that has continued to improve over the last several generations, both inside and outside.

Check out that sleek exterior, which despite being covered by a zillion dust particles, manages to give a an aroma of authority and level-headedness. It’s almost as if the SUV was made for this country. And to a certain extent that’s right. This bad boy—4×4, 375-HP, 5L V8 supercharged—could easily tread the sand dunes of Dubai should the need arise. But things are not limited to just harsh terrains; take the bad boy for groceries, and it’s equally enjoyable.

Here’s what C/D has to say about a new Range Rover Sport: “Agility isn’t normally a word used when the subject is a 2.5-ton luxury SUV—but the Range Rover Sport blends enthusiasm with legendary off-road prowess. Classic styling and smart features are a nice bonus. Engine choices are a 340-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 (380 hp in the HSE Dynamic) or a remarkably efficient 254-hp diesel 3.0-liter V-6. Both are matched to an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive.”=================


The car is probably one of the most iconic cars in the automotive history, as it’s one of the five most rare supercars from Ferrari. Roughly 1,300 of these bad boys were made from the years 1987-1992. Only about 200 units were intended for the US, and while the cost of these things in the past was significant, it’s even more so currently; you better expect to be paying about $1.4M for this. This is one of those cars that was supposed to make history, and it did. Every F40 was painted red and was equipped with a 2.9L twin-turbo that made around 500 horses. There are several quirks present in this car. One is the badge on the spoiler, which is present on only one side of the spoiler. Another is the existence of a popup headlight in addition to the other, clearly visible set. Another is the presence of two gas caps! Neat, huh?

Here’s discussing more: “This engine work lifts the V8’s power by almost 20 percent over the GTO to give the F40 the aforementioned 478bhp at 7000rpm and 425.3lb ft of torque at 4000rpm. For owners who want to go racing – and some have indicated that they will – Ferrari is offering larger turbochargers and wilder cams that take the power up to 680bhp.”


Here’s another Lambo, the Aventador, this time. The car looks like a hypercar more than a supercar. Now, the difference may be merely philosophical as some believe, while others have pointed out that a hypercar does everything that a supercar does except that it also turns heads. And that my friends, the Aventador does. Just look at the top-rear of this car. If an ant climbed up on it accidentally, there’s no way it would ever make out. It would just continue treading along the curves and wedges, and continue, and still continue, moving in circles and getting lost in that maze… And continue. The Aventador is like a peacock of the animal kingdom. It literally gets your attention quicker than you can realize what you just did with your head’s direction.

“Brutally powerful and obscenely flamboyant, the Aventador is unburdened by reality. Crazy expensive, it’s capable of amazing performance without feeling as if it’s going to spin out into a ditch, which is refreshing in a supercar. Available as an S coupe or S roadster, it has a 730-hp 6.5-liter V-12, a seven-speed automated-manual transmission, and all-wheel drive. To help put all that power to pavement, each Aventador has monstrous tires, rear-wheel steering, and adaptive suspension,” (C/D).=================


The last car to keep the original Godzilla name, the R34 GTR was a performance-packed, luxury-laden, machine on wheels. The expectations had already been set before the car arrived in 1999. And it met the expectations head-on. The engine was computerized; the screen was LCD; and the bonnet was made from carbon fiber in some editions. Folks, while you are so used to these things that you don’t find them to be extraordinary, these things were delicacies during its time. There was the homologation special that didn’t have AC, audio equipment or rear wiper, doing with only the ABS. And the car had a good design. Some even consider it subtle, when compared to then-contemporary Japanese cars.

Here’s a reviewer describing his experience with not the car as much as others’ interaction with it: “So when it slows to a halt as we’re turning around for another run, I’m braced for a scowl or maybe a hand gesture. I look across and the lady in her 50s is gesticulating alright. But she’s giving the double thumbs up and smiling madly. Before pulling away, she shakes her head like she just can’t believe she’s seeing a Nissan Skyline GT-R R34, blows a few kisses, and is gone,” (


This is quite a rare car; it’s not only a supercar but also a limited-number car. A total of 281 of these were produced. The exterior of this car looks quite fancy, actually. It has that low-slung, going-forward look. Adding to that look is the wave-like design of the hood and the flattened upper half. The squished upper half actually makes it more athletic. But that’s still not why this car was important. It looks all sporty, cool. So what? Well, it acts sporty too. Or at least acted sporty enough to create a new speed world-record in 1992.

And it was a production car, despite the low production numbers. And here you can see the car abandoned as if it was a piece of junk.

While most people agree that it was an epic car, Jalopnik did a piece on why it was a bad car: “… But that V12, intake trumpets and all, never made it to production. Jaguar went with a quad-cam, 24 valve, twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 developed from the Metro 6R4 Group B rally car. … But a widebody hatchback in rally didn’t have the pedigree of sports car racing at Le Mans, and stodgy Jaguar buyers pulled their orders because the production car didn’t have the big, original engine. Some apparently threatened to sue.”=================


Here’s a high-performance variant of the Mustang, a Shelby GT. As phenomenal as these cars are, I think the standard Mustang is an even more amazing thing for the car enthusiast. I mean, the Mustang is one of the best sports cars in this country. Everything that is present in today’s Mustang is just a continuation of the philosophy of founder Henry Ford. Seriously, one of the things he wanted was to give Americans the ability to free themselves from the tyranny of animals. Reliable transportation was hard to come by, and personal transportation was rather unheard of. And there he was, wanting to give Americans what everyone else thought was impossible. And not only did he give them that, but also at an extremely reasonable price, much like Mustangs of our times.

“The retro-themed Mustang Shelby GT500 shares most of its features with the other models of the Mustang lineup. To differentiate the Shelby GT500 from the rest of the Mustang lineup, the GT500 has a unique front bumper, grille, hood, wheels, and spoiler. The GT500 also features contrasting hood and side stripe options available in most colors. Standard GT500s ride on 19-inch aluminum five-spoke wheels, while those with the SVT Performance Package get mean looking black 19-inch front, and 20-inch rear forged aluminum wheels,” (Motor Trend).


Some of the cars abandoned in Dubai are just mind-boggling, but when it comes to life, everything becomes a fair game, I suppose. Now, here’s an exemplary luxury-car at the highest end of the luxury spectrum. This is one of those cars that you don’t drive yourself and, with such a heavy weight, neither would you likely want to drive it yourself. You get a chauffeur to dive deeper into the world of utmost indulgence. The reason these cars are so expensive is essentially the name of the company. RR used to produce exceptional products for land and even good engines for jets in air. Continued excellence has served them well. A clean-equivalent of the one you see here is worth more than $1M, although the dusty one here isn’t likely devalued by that much as long as the interior is intact.

But owning an RR brings its own troubles. Here’s Jalopnik on that:

“Here’s the backstory: rich guy buys $645,000 (Australian dollars) Rolls-Royce a few weeks ago, and then decides the parking structure of the luxury apartment building just wasn’t secure enough to safeguard his Roller.”

So he built the cage, and then drove into one of the poles of the cage, doing a decent amount of damage to the car.=================


Despite costing less than an RR in general, Ferrari is still the pinnacle of automotive industry. And just because a Ferrari costs less than an RR, it doesn’t mean Ferrari produces an infinite number of cars every year. No, Ferrari produces a good number of cars each year, but also makes some things that only a couple hundred people can have. And sometimes Ferrari wants to get so exclusive that it builds just one, yes one, car for one particular individual. No more, no less. You can’t have that car unless you’re the chosen one by Ferrari.

With 400 produced, the Enzo is pretty exclusive. In fact, it’s another one of those five rarest cars from Ferrari, much like the F40. The car ranked number three by Sports Car International on their Top Sports Cars of the 2000s. Nonetheless, the V-shaped hood, blatant curves, amorphous windshield and scooped-out doors caused a fair share of criticism.

“Officially, the supercar is the Ferrari Enzo Ferrari, but Maranello realistically acknowledges it as just the ‘Enzo.’ In virtually every area, this spiritual successor to the 288GTO, F40, and F50 steps outside Ferrari’s existing order. The Enzo pushes road-car technology barriers and incorporates enough Formula 1 philosophy to go far beyond merely celebrating Ferrari’s three (going on four) consecutive world-championship titles,” (C/D).


Here’s a curveball. It’s not often that you see a Bentley, but nevertheless, here it is. It’s an old Bentley, probably from the early 80s. And if you look at the car, you can see that it looks more like an RR than a contemporary Bentley. And that’s quite explicable. RR and Bentley were together for a while, so it’s understandable that the two look similar. And this is not the only car that looks similar. Here’s talking more about a similar instance:

“Under Rolls’ ownership, Bentley began downshifting into its eventual role as unloved sibling. Take the 1964 ad here, which is 95 percent a plug for Rolls and 5 percent for Bentley. Looking for a difference between the two cars? There really isn’t one—save for the design of the grille and Bentley’s $300-cheaper price tag. The streamlined-bathtub body style didn’t exactly scream ‘sports car,’ either.”

And Bentley was forced to be with RR in the first place because of financial constraints. But that’s, obviously, not how things resolved. In 1985, Bentley produced a Turbo R, which packed a never-seen-before, never-heard-before engine that was quite powerful and quick. That’s how Bentley was able to regain its autonomy.

Even with the thick layer of dust, the car retains its RR shape.=================


This is a pretty nice-looking, well-appointed supercar that got replaced by the heroic Huracan. The Gallardo did away with the V8 tradition of Lambo, and brought on a V10, which I guess some prefer to the V12 lineup. I’d imagine it’s by choice, as the price difference, while there, is not that big at this level. Or maybe it is big for those who are just on the border of being able to afford the younger sibling (V10), but not the costlier, more powerful and bigger brother (V12).

If you check out the design of this car, you’ll note that it’s a little tame. Of course, it looks like a classic supercar, but every here and there, the Gallardo is sprinkled with softer angles.


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