Documentary on rich, supercar-driving Arabs in London airs in UK

 

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Remember Dhiaa Al-Essa, the rich 21-year old--he's probably 23 now--son of a Saudi Arabian tycoon who owns an enviable collection of supercars and who shared that he had flown some of them to places like London, Montreal and Las Vegas as part of a driving tour with his friends?

Apparently, Al-Essa is just one of the many rich youths of Middle Eastern origin who do this annually based on a documentary that aired last week in the United Kingdom.

Titled Millionaire Boy Racers, the documentary touches on the tension caused by rich Arabian youths and their desire to flaunt their wealth by flying in their supercars to London, versus the locals who have seen their neighborhood transform from being quiet and "respectable" to being "extremely cosmopolitan."

The locals have supposedly called the summer months the "Arab supercar season" because it is during this time that London--particularly the Knightsbridge area--is inundated by supercars driven recklessly by Arabian youths. The young Arab men, on the other hand, said that they only go to London to partake of the things that are forbidden "back home" like casinos, clubs and bars.

The thing is, while the Londoners interviewed in the documentary readily make known their disdain for the supercars and their drivers, none have apparently approached and scolded any of the drivers. One driver, who is said to be a frequent visitor to the United Kingdom, even said that if someone approached him and complained about what he is doing, he "would respect it and try to fix it. We are foreigners here and we just come here to have a good time, and we always want to come here. We don't want to cause a problem or trouble." 

What's your take on these young Middle Eastern men bringing their cars and "terrorizing"--if you can call it that--the streets of London? Should somebody tell them that what they are doing is potentially dangerous, or should they be left alone since the UK reportedly benefits from the hundreds of millions of British pounds brought by Middle Eastern tourists?

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  • LACOSTER Jan 08 2013 @ 12:27am
    Ugh. I watched this. While I agree that wailing and speeding around through busy streets is unacceptable, this documentary just seemed like a bunch of racially charged grumpy old rich Brits trying to kick out young Arabs from their country. Its clear that those grouchy old farts are only using the "Supercar" issue to get the Arabs out because they are making Knightsbridge "impure". Pleh! Those posh racists are an even bigger problem than the supercars. Even the British police don't find the cars that big of a problem.
  • dudes073 Jan 08 2013 @ 07:51am
    Its sound pollution created by super cars are the problem......
  • mindkinetic Jan 08 2013 @ 10:22am
    i agree if the arabs are really breaking the law then the police should intervene. however since the officers of the law don't find anything wrong about these young arabs caprice the brits affected should just enjoy the beauty in the metal and the monstrous sound of these supercars.
  • gogogo Jan 08 2013 @ 10:32am
    ang problema kasi ayaw nila kausapin yung drivers... sabi nga nung isa pwede naman daw sila pakiusapan eh kaya lang wala naman lumalapit.
  • GTi Jan 08 2013 @ 10:47am
    The Brits are always complaining and grumpy. Nothing new here... ^0^ Well they can't not have rich Arab visitors and still have lots of extra revenue...
  • xxgrendel Jan 08 2013 @ 11:39am
    Sour graping!
  • vgpena Jan 08 2013 @ 12:29pm
    Bitter Brits are bitter. No wonder their economy is in the toilet.
  • GotToRead Jan 08 2013 @ 06:00pm
    I've just watched the EVO diaries episode about the One-77, it is related in this article. Ironically, they featured a British car (Aston Martin) in a UK magazine but borrowing a car from an Arab. LOL
  • rrtaltomed Jan 08 2013 @ 07:25pm
    I think Filipinos will love it if you bring your luxury sport cars and spend your dollars here lol
  • tgstig Jan 09 2013 @ 03:07am
    it's just good ol' manners, it's not their country, behave appropriately. but hey, arabs (and mostly middle easterns) like loud noises, like BANG! or BOOM! he he he
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