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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 16 December 2018

Exclusive: Dubai tourist who racked up Dh175,000 in fines in rented Lamborghini finally pays speeding tickets

Farah Hashi ends two-week standoff over Dh1.3 million sports car by handing over Dh117,000 of Dh175,000 penalty

The Lamborghini at the centre of a Dh175,000 of speeding fines parked outside the Five Palm Jumeirah Hotel and Resort in Dubai. Leslie Pableo for The National
The Lamborghini at the centre of a Dh175,000 of speeding fines parked outside the Five Palm Jumeirah Hotel and Resort in Dubai. Leslie Pableo for The National

A British tourist who ran up Dh175,000 in speeding penalties driving a Lamborghini supercar through Dubai has agreed to pay the fine.

Farah Hashi, 25, from Newport in Wales, made headlines around the world after being caught speeding 33 times in four hours while on holiday in the emirate.

The father-of-one hired the Dh1.3 million canary-yellow supercar from a rental company in the city on July 30.

And by the early hours of that same evening, radar traps clocked him driving up to 230kph – nearly twice the permitted speed limit.

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The speeding tourist:

Dubai tourist rents Dh1.3m Lamborghini and racks up Dh175,000 in fines in four hours

Found: Lamborghini at centre of British tourist's Dh170,000 speeding fines

Stand-off continues in case of British tourist who racked up Dh170,000 in fines

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On Thursday, Mohammed Ibrahim, who runs Saeed Ali Rent a Car, from which Mr Hashi rented the vehicle, told The National he had met with Mr Hashi at the police traffic department to resolve the dispute.

He said he will be able to collect his car after Mr Hashi, who has been forced to extend his stay in the emirate by more than a week, agreed to pay a discounted sum of just over Dh117,000.

“I met Mr Hashi at the traffic department as we wanted to bring an end to this issue before everyone breaks for Eid,” Mr Ibrahim said.

“He spoke to officials and they reached a deal over the final sum of the fines.”

Farah Hashi hired the Dh1.3 million Lamborghini Huracan on July 30. Patrick Ryan / The National
Farah Hashi hired the Dh1.3 million Lamborghini Huracan on July 30. Patrick Ryan / The National

Mr Hashi was caught speeding 32 times on Sheikh Zayed Road and once on Garn Al Sabkha Street between 2.31am and 6.26am on July 31. Many of the fines were only minutes apart and two occurred within 60 seconds.

Following the incident, the rental company received a notification for fines totalling Dh175,000. Fearing they would be unable to force Mr Hashi into paying the sum, the owners refused to collect the Lamborghini until the dispute was settled.

Since then, Mr Hashi has remained at the Five Palm Jumeirah Hotel and Resort in Dubai.

It is thought he has been unable to exit the country after leaving his passport with the hire company as part of the rental agreement.

The Lamborghini has remained put at the luxury Five hotel on Dubai’s The Palm Jumeirah. Leslie Pableo for The National
The Lamborghini has remained at the luxury Five Palm Jumeirah Hotel and Resort in Dubai. Leslie Pableo for The National

“I am free to collect the car and take it to a service centre,” Mr Ibrahim said.

Mr Hashi had given no indication if he planned to stay in Dubai or return to the UK, he added.

The Lamborghini Huracan has a top speed of 323kph and can accelerate from 0-100kph in 3.4 seconds. The supercar was nowhere to be seen at the hotel on Thursday and staff there refused to confirm whether or not Mr Hashi had checked out.

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