Ian Edelman in Doha

Expat exploits in Qatar

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Plastic seat covers

Many of the flashy Land Cruisers, Nissan Patrols and other enormous SUVs favoured by locals frequently have transparent plastic seat covers. Even with air-conditioning on full blast, it can’t be comfortable sitting on plastic.

Plastic seat covers

Someone suggested it is to keep the seats clean in order to maintain the second hand value, however I would have thought that most owners were wealthy enough not to have to worry over a little extra depreciation.


Either way they drive round with plastic covered seats and also some sort of vehicle ID paper stuck on the windscreen. When I bought our car I ripped this off immediately, although the salesman appeared to think I should leave it in place.

I have checked online and can’t find an legal reason to keep this attached to the windscreen as the car was already officially registered. I am guessing it is used as a sign to show it’s a brand new car as vehicle number plates don’t help in this regard, but I can’t think of any other reason to leave it place obscuring the view forward.

If anyone knows the reason, please post in the comments.