Some had been waiting for over an hour. Others had just arrived. A little further, a third group kept watch from a prime spot at the outdoor tables of nearby restaurants.
All were waiting for the same moment – the arrival of Dubai’s latest superstars.
They could be heard before they were seen. With a deafening roar, Dubai’s supercops, driving the world’s best known supercars, had arrived. It was 6.30 on a Thursday evening and the weekend’s entertainment had just begun.
Decked in the immaculate green and white of Dubai Police, the public welcomed the Lamborghini Aventador, with license plate number six and driven by two male cops and a Ferrari FF, license plate number nine, driven by two policewomen.
Within seconds, the two cars were surrounded by people holding up their mobile phones, taking photos and recording videos, while trying to get as close as possible to the cars that had yet to find a parking spot by the roundabout’s curb.
The Dubai police supercars are on display at the Dubai Police stand at the Arabian Travel Market, which ends tomorrow the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. So far the price of the fleet has reached over Dh12m.
Maj Gen Khamis Mattar, deputy head of Dubai Police, explained that the addition of the cars was part of Dubai Police’s desire to keep up with the growth of the city as a tourism and business hub.
But while they may be the world’s fastest cars – the Aston Martin’s V-12, 750 horse-power engine can push it to over 350 kph, faster than most aircrafts taking off – they all must be driven within the speed limits of the Dubai streets.