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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 16 November 2018

Dubai Lamborghini tourist saga ends as Briton who racked up Dh175,000 fine flies home

Farah Hashi's brother, Adman Hashi, said he arrived back in Wales this weekend after long-running saga over speeding fines

Farah Hashi has returned to the UK after a long-running dispute over Dh175,000 of speeding fines racked up in a rented Lamborghini.      
Farah Hashi has returned to the UK after a long-running dispute over Dh175,000 of speeding fines racked up in a rented Lamborghini.      

A British tourist who racked up Dh175,000 in speeding fines in a rented Lamborghini after triggering every radar on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai has arrived back home in Wales.

Farah Hashi, 25, amassed 33 speeding fines in four hours after renting the Dh1.3 million Lamborghini Huracan supercar while on holiday in Dubai last month.

Mr Hashi eventually reached an agreement with police and the car rental agency to pay Dh117,000 and thought he could return to South Wales.

The super car at the centre of a dispute over Dh175,000 of unpaid speeding fines. Leslie Pableo/The National
The super car at the centre of a dispute over Dh175,000 of unpaid speeding fines. Leslie Pableo/The National

But the car hire company, Saeed Ali Rent a Car, demanded that he pay an additional Dh50,000 to cover the cost of the rental while the car was parked outside the tourist’s hotel, the luxury Five hotel in Dubai's Palm Jumeirah, during the dispute over the speeding fines.

The company raised a police case against Mr Hashi, preventing him from leaving the UAE until he settled the debt.

He was arrested while trying to leave the UAE with his brother, Adman Hashi, according to the BBC, and spent two weeks under house arrest.

However, he finally flew home last weekend.

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"Farah is now home," Mr Adman, 50, told the BBC.

During the dispute Mohammed Ibrahim, 36, who runs Saeed Ali Rent a Car, told The National he would not let the outstanding amount go unpaid.

“I lost money when the vehicle spent several days parked in front of the hotel,” said Mr Ibrahim.

“He rented the car for three days and ­returned it after 16 days. Renting such a vehicle costs Dh3,500 per day.”

A spokesperson for the company told The National that Mr Hashi had settled the debt.

"He didn't pay Dh50,000. I gave him a discount on the rental. We tried to figure out everything, sort it out with him nicely and let him go," he said.

The dealership did not disclose a figure for the discount.

A new Lamborghini Huracan 2018 model costs between Dh900,000 to Dh1.5million in the UAE, according to the DriveArabia website. It can reach speeds of up to 330kph.

Radar traps had registered Mr Hashi as driving up to 230kph – nearly twice the permitted speed limit.