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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 December 2018

Number plates inspired by Sheikh Zayed raise millions for charity

Six distinctive Z plates went under the hammer at an auction organised by Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority

Six Z number plates paying homage to the life of Sheikh Zayed have helped raise vital charity cash.
Six Z number plates paying homage to the life of Sheikh Zayed have helped raise vital charity cash.

Six unique Z number plates inspired by the historic journey to power of Sheikh Zayed have raised millions of dirhams for good causes after proving a hit at a Dubai auction.

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority paid homage to the UAE's Founding Father at its Year of Zayed open number plate auction the Hilton Dubai Hotel, Al Habtoor City.

The exclusive batch of Zayed-inspired plates were part of a collection of 80 licence plates that fetched Dh20 million in buys from discerning drivers in search of a distinctive identity for their four wheels.

The auction was part of efforts to commemorate the legacy of the country's Founding Father during the Year of Zayed, which marks his birth centenary.

The Z68 plate raised Dh1.4 million for good causes at a sale featuring dozens of distinctive plates.
The Z68 plate raised Dh1.4 million for good causes at a sale featuring dozens of distinctive plates.

The most-coveted plate among the Zayed collection was Z68, which refers to the first meeting between Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum at Al Sumeih to unify all Emirates on the Gulf Coast, which raised 1.4 million dirhams.

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The number plate AA88 was the most popular at the auction, eventually selling for an impressive Dh1.8 million.

The proceeds of the Z plates, symbolising milestones in the life of the late Sheikh Zayed, will be allocated to charitable activities in collaboration with the Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities in Dubai.

The Six Z plates under auction were:

Z1918: The plate is a symbolic reference to Sheikh Zayed's birth year.

Z1946: The number refers to the year Sheikh Zayed took the reins of power at Al Ain city. The city had suffered from water scarcity before he transformed it into an oasis.

Z1968 and Z68: These bear reference to the Al Sameeh meeting, the first between Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, then Ruler of Dubai, to unify the Emirates on the Gulf coast and establish a powerful state.

Z1971: The year the UAE was formed.

Z2018: This number marks the Year of Zayed celebrations.