This is the best supercar dealership... in the world
We meet the owner of Alain Class motors - and his £80m showroom
Posted: 08 Feb 2012
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...