Pursuing camels in the desert and taking a cheetah for a rail in his Mercedes: Inwards the super-bling life of the Saudi playboy whose fleet of golden cars has taken London by storm
By Richard Spillett and Lydia Willgress for MailOnline 14:07 BST thirty Mar 2016, updated Ten:06 BST thirty one Mar two thousand sixteen
- Saudi billionaire has caused a stir in Knightsbridge after flying over a fleet of gold vehicles to get him around
- His online social media accounts display him driving cars through the desert as well as searing rubber in London
- Little is known about the super-rich car-lover, who is thought to be linked to a branch of the Saudi royal family
Driving inbetween Mayfair boutiques in a fleet of golden supercars might seem like the height of extravagance to most people – but for Turki Bin Abdullah, it’s just an average day.
The super-rich Saudi has caused fairly a stir in west London in latest days as his golden Bentley, Lamborghini and Rolls Royce have been seen touring the streets and parked outside luxury hotels.
But MailOnline can today expose the incredible lifestyle of the vehicles’ billionaire proprietor, who divides his time inbetween the oil-rich Middle East and the luxury hotels of London and Paris.
The photos and movies posted on instagram document Bin Abdullah’s globetrotting lifestyle as he takes his money and his cars inbetween the oil-rich states of the Middle East to the most special streets of Europe.
In one movie, he is shown pursuing a camel down a steep desert slope in his £370,00 six-wheel Mercedes G63. A friend jokes: ‘My drive home from school’.
Another clip, posted just a few weeks ago, shows him filming himself as he drives his £350,000 Lamborghini Aventador SV in west London, followed by friends in another of his golden vehicles.
Another driving movie shows him wearing two expensive observes on his wrist as he is evidently escorted by a police car on a road in the Middle East.
One of the most bizarre photos posted on the social network shows a cheetah strapped into driving seat of his Mercedes jeep as one of his 51,000 followers comments: ‘That is some serious dollar’.
Bin Abdullah also posts photos of his cars parked in sensational locations in Paris, London and Dubai as he flies them around the world to be with him at superb expense. He is also seen frequenting expensive restaurants including Home Bakery in Dubai.
The gold cars were spotted parked outside the five-star Mandarian Oriental hotel near Hyde Park over the Bank Holiday weekend before being driven through Kensington. Their journey also took them to Cadogan Place, where the average house price is just over £5.2million.
It is not known how much it costs to cover the cars in gold chrome wrap, but previous reports suggest it is in the region of £4,000 per vehicle.
The annual influx of supercars from the Middle East has become well known in London and tourists now travel from around the world to look at the expensive machines and have photos taken with them.
It is thought owners pay in excess of £20,000 to fly their vehicles around Trio,000 miles to London. Qatar Airways is one of the operators that facilitates the transportation, with airport staff securing vehicles to the floor of the relevant aircraft before flight.
Last year, following numerous complaints, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea introduced a Public Spaces Protection Order in Knightsbridge.
Motorists are now banned from revving their engine, rapidly accelerating, racing, performing stunts, sounding horns or causing obstructions. They are also prohibited from leaving the engine of a stationary car running.
PARKING TICKETS ARE FINE! COST OF PARKING IN WEST LONDON MEANS IT CAN BE CHEAPER TO GET A FINE
Money is clearly no object to the Saudi proprietor of the golden supercars. When it comes to parking, however, there are savings to be made.
The bay in Knightsbridge where three of the vehicles were left yesterday costs £4.60 an hour and can be used for a maximum of two hours.
However, all three cars had been parked there for more than six hours.
As a result, the possessor was fined £80 per car (right) – which can be diminished to £40 if paid within fourteen days. It means getting booked is cheaper than parking in one of the nearby car parks.
Just 50m away there is an NCP car park where the charge for a 24-hour stay is £50. The Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel also charges £50 a day for leaving a vehicle in its underground car park.
A spokesman for Kensington and Chelsea Council said that tickets issued to foreign cars and drivers are followed up to ensure they are not disregarded.