Everyone knows the feeling of driving down the highway, 6 or 7 mph over the speed limit, glancing up at the rear view mirror and seeing a Ford Crown Victoria or a Dodge Charger cop car a couple of car lengths behind. Now imagine the very same scenario but instead looking back at the cop driving a sleek, intimidating, wild, Lamborghini Aventador or Aston Martin One-77. If this does not make you grab the steering wheel at 10 and 2 and set the cruise at exactly the speed limit, I don’t know what will. This feeling is often felt driving through Dubai.
The city of Dubai sprouted overnight as a playground of rich millionaires in the Middle East. Similar to other wealthy big cities throughout the world, these millionaires live in elegant penthouses and roll through town in luxurious cars. Much like LA or Paris, it is not uncommon to see Bentley’s, Mercedes, Lamborghini’s or even Aston Martin’s. Unlike other major cities throughout the world, Dubai has one of the most lavish fleets of police cars in the world.
The fleet features
-Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: $200,000
-Bentley Continental GT: $200,000
-Ferrari FF: $550,000
-Chevrolet Camaro SS:
-Bugatti Veyron: $1.6 Million
So why does Dubai put such a luxurious, expensive fleet of police cars on the street?
The main reason that Dubai does this is for the tourists. Being such a young city, Dubai is trying to pull tourists away from Daytona Beach, Paris, and other normal tourists spots around the world. Often these cars are on display around the city at malls and other touristy areas.
A crazy element of this fleet is that the majority of these cars are driven by women. That’s right, in the region where it is unheard of for women to patrol as policewomen, Dubai has women driving around $550,000 Ferrari’s. This element is also for the tourist’s eye. Dubai wants people to come and make conversation with the police that are in these cars and they believe that putting women in the cars makes them more approachable.