Don't you hate it when you have too many luxury cars? I mean, how annoying is that?! You're always like, Man, I don't even know where to park all these luxury cars. Well, it's actually a problem in Dubai. The city has been faced with the issue of people abandoning their high-end sports cars and leaving them to gather dust. After Dubai had a bit of a financial meltdown, car owners riddled with debt just started leaving their rides at the airport and taking off. The cars are still there.
This is a familiar sight when walking around the country's airport parking lots.
Dusty sports cars, long abandoned, clog up parking lots.
It's not just BMWs and Mercedes vehicles that get abandoned in Dubai. It's also Ferraris and Porsches.
According to the BBC, a Ferrari Enzo worth more than $1 million was once abandoned in a Dubai airport parking lot.
So why are people leaving their luxury cars at the airports in Dubai?
The answer is actually relatively simple: Sharia law.
The UAE, like many Arab countries in the Middle East, observes Sharia law. Under Sharia law, not paying your debts is a criminal offense.
If you fall behind on your car payments, bounce a check, stop paying your credit card, or default on your mortgage, you go to prison. There is no bankruptcy protection in the UAE.
This means that all those fancy cars gathering dust in airport parking lots across the UAE were abandoned by owners who chose to escape the country instead of going to prison.