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This is the best supercar dealership… in the world

  1. A man in a kaftan and keffiyeh headdress has just picked up my hand then dropped it like a stale roll at a buffet. He leans towards me slightly and makes a promise: “Think of a car - any car in the world. I can get it for you. Price doesn’t matter. You want it, I’ll find it. Then you can buy it from me. And drive.”

    Said man is Abdullah Al Ketbi, owner of Dubai’s Alain Class Motors. And all the while he’s suggesting that our newfound acquaintance has earned me access to the world’s most rarified supercars, he’s surrounded by what can only be described as… the world’s most rarified supercars.

    He flicks four fingers at a Rolls-Royce Ghost dismissively - “This? Cheap car” - then beckons me towards the shinier end of his marble-floored showroom. “We have lots better,” nodding his head left towards a Lamborghini Aventador, then right towards a one-of-six Koenigsegg CCXR.

  2. Look an inch further to the right and there’s a Ferrai FF tucked against a F430 Scuderia, which is nuzzling into a Versace edition Murciélago. Turn around and you’re contemplating a Reventon - Lamborghini’s most expensive road car ever - Ferrari 458 Italia, Maybach 57S and Mercedes C63 AMG Black.

    This place is utterly bonkers. Raise your glance and there’s a pair of Lamborghini Gallardo spiders, a Saleen S7 Coupe, Pagani Zonda, Lamborghini SP LP 670… It’s a platinum oasis - a supercar cheese dream. To use religion, it’s the equivalent to having Jesus, Ghandi, Bhudda and a Lamborghini SP LP 670 in the same room.

  3. After astonishment fatigue’s set in I look beyond the cars and towards the people. Even though it’s eight o’clock at night, there are legions of staff darting through the rolling stock, artfully maneuvering limbs and oddments around expensive paintwork. Abdullah says: “we have five people full-time to wash and wax - the cars get very dirty outside; the cheaper ones need cleaning two or three times a day.”

    And by cheaper he, of course, still means hugely expensive. Braving the 30 degree weather is a Mercedes SLS, a brace of Porsche 911s, a genuine Shelby Mustang GT 350, a triplet of Porsche Panameras, a Lamborghini Gallardo, a Hummer H1 and a Baja-spec V8 dune monster. “We also need two people full-time to park them.” Without a whiff of irony, he concludes: “It is a very hard job.”

  4. “It will be more difficult when we move to our big showroom. We have five places in Dubai and Alain at the moment, but we need space. This is 4,000 square feet, the new one will be 10,000. Business is good.”

    It certainly seems so. A pair of men eyeing up the Aventador mutter between themselves then usher over Imran Ali Kahn, Abdullah’s second-in-command. Whispers are exchanged and they’re transferred to a glass room. As he looks on at the sales nibble, Abdullah says: “I like Lamborghini. I sold one of the first Reventons on the market. It went for £2.5m. Very nice car.

  5. “The customer paid cash. Many people pay cash here. I have an Indian client; he comes in every month with a suitcase full of money.” Feeling a little inadequate? Don’t worry: “About 70 per cent of my customers buy with a bank loan or on a finance scheme. Not everyone can afford outright.

    “The ones that can are all over the world - people ship in from Russia, China, America. But only big cars,” says Abdullah, nodding towards the Reventon. “But there are some big buyers here in the UAE - a royal from Dubai wanted to view a selection of cars today - that is why the showroom hasn’t got so many cars today. We put six or seven on a truck - Aston Martin One-77, Bugatti Veyron - and drive them to him. He calls me in a few days and tells me which ones he wants me to pick up and which ones he wants to buy. To make sure these customers are happy, we have to have the best, newest cars always.”

  6. A perfunctory gawp into the cabins of Abdullah’s stock reveals that most have only got a kilometre or two on the clock. “Special people get the cars first - there may be a demo vehicle or something used for advertising. I know who they are; they trust me to sell the car.

    “Then there are VIPs - private sellers that come to me with interesting models.” I press for some examples of VIP sellers; “They’re VIP. Very Important Persons. That’s all…”

  7. Lingering stares suggest it’s an auspicious time to change the subject. Having spotted Abdullah arriving in a Porsche Cayenne, I wonder what else he’s got stashed away. “I like classic cars. I’ve been a young man, driving around at 330/340kmh, but these days there are too many speed radars. I have to slow down, so I bought a 1955 Gullwing Mercedes, 1967 Corvette, Lamborghini Diablo, Lamborghini Countach… Now, let’s go to the other showroom.”

    We weave between more celestial battleships and head into the UAE’s parched evening heat. It’s a curious place, this; the Alain Class showrooms are huddled in a sort of second-hand car dimension. Like everything from media to banking, Dubai has its own compartmentalized administrative region for buying used cars. There are 50-odd dealers here in Al Aweer, 40 minutes east of the city, and they don’t just sell the ritzy stuff. The spectrum stretches from high-mileage Toyota Camrys, new BMWs and full-size seventies Cadillacs to Bugatti Veyrons and…

  8. McLaren SLRs. Which is exactly what I’m looking at. “This is our second showroom - we have some big cars here,” says Abdullah, running his fingertips along a Rolls Royce’s mile-deep paintwork. “And we have some unusual things” turning towards a superbike-engined three-wheel T-Rex.

  9. “When I started selling cars in 1992, they were only small. No Rolls Royces or Bugattis - ordinary models like Mercedes CL500s. But now I have 150 cars worth £80m. And, like I say to you before, I can get you any car in the world. Price doesn’t matter. I find it. Then you buy it from me.”

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