There are certain things we have grown to expect from a typical London summer. We anticipate more rainy days, large crowds at pubs, picnics in the park… and an overwhelming influx of serious supercars from the Middle East. Every year as the weather warms London’s wealthiest Middle Eastern residents and visitors begin coming out in the latest luxury cars.
This year the season has started early, and you’d be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t took notice. The first to fly their fleet over in 2016 hails from Saudi Arabia. Middle Eastern countries, namely Qatar, UAE, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia battle it out each and every summer over who has the most quality, and quantity of high end automobiles. Saudi Arabia’s Turki Bin Abdullah started this year out with a bang.
The mega-rich Saudi’s collection includes a fleet of gold-plated supercars. The eccentric set is worth more than 1 million, including a £370,00, six-wheeled, Mercedes G63, a Bentley Flying Spur, worth £220,000, a £350,000 Rolls-Royce and a £350,000 Lamborghini Aventador SV. No big deal.
You can find the impressive pack strutting the streets of London’s most expensive postcodes. They have been spotted parked outside Harrods for Lunch, and reflecting beams of sunlight onto Mayfair streets in the afternoon.
The arrival of these cars is not only a testament to an ostentatious reputation with Middle Eastern wealth, it now officially signals a change in season. As the climate become unbearably warm in their native countries, the 1% flock to the British capital to seek cooler temperatures. This is also representative of a new London, which seems to be no longer ruled by British and European aristocracy. Middle Eastern investors are buying out the most coveted neighborhoods. It comes as no surprise that the streets reflect the same.