Time Magazine says the Rainbow Sheikh's estimated net worth is $20 billion. Yet his vast car collection doesn't contain a single supercar. In fact, his single Porsche is a first-generation Boxster. But that's hardly the weirdest part.
Since this is literally the most exciting sight on the way from Abu Dhabi, I can tell you that I didn't plan my visit to the Emirates National Auto Museum.
But the excellent auto historian thought ahead, and was kind enough to let me join him in his mighty Nissan Kicks rental. What a car!
Yes, the whole experience begins with a massive Land Rover Series 2, greeting you from behind the fence. Unlike the original, this boxy beast clearly wasn't made of aluminum.
You'll need 55 dirhams ($15) to get in, cash only. But the guard is willing to take multiple currencies. From the parking lot, it's hard to guess what's going on here.
Then, you see things like this. Nine guest rooms, nine bathrooms. All inside this giant globe caravan.
Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan's current net worth to be $20 billion. He is semi-active on .
A 350SEL, sealed all the way around, ready for most things.
Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan is called the Rainbow Sheikh because he's a real fan of the color spectrum. And wooden logs.
You wouldn't want to overload those leaf springs.
This Jeep is a Guinness World Record holder. Because it used to drive, it's the largest operational scale model on the planet.
You can see its engine behind the grille.
Is that a "box" full of new trucks? Of course it is.
Don't ask. Let's just get inside, past the world's most bored ticket inspector.
This seems sandy.
This seems deadly.
While it seems historically significant, the Emirates National Auto Museum is not huge on info boards.
I completely forgot about this badge.
There's a short pre-war section, although this car is clearly a replica. And not a good one of that.
Most of the cars are under a wrap and fenced off, so they are impossible to photograph.
This however is not fenced off.
Multiple things looked broken here.
While the Rainbow Sheikh doesn't have Ferraris, it seems that a third of his collection came from Mercedes-Benz, with an added dose of rainbows and gold.
Presenting the '1998 Endurance'.
But why wouldn't you have one in your collection? It's a Japanese concept car. Based on an Eclipse? Who knows! It's great.
And so is a Viper. One must have a Viper, parked next to a Thunderbird.
This is pretty much all the info you get inside this metallic pyramid.
A slightly damaged Montana car.
A hot rod Nova.
There's also a fleet of Firebirds.