Middle East & Africa

Plates from this region are especially interesting, as they present a wide range of styles and manufacturing quality, and are often a direct reflection of geo-political history.  Many Arabic-speaking countries will present the same information in both Arabic and Western characters.

 

Iraq

Army, c. early 2000s

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Jordan

Commercial vehicle, c. early 2000s

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I purchased this from a solider at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, who had been running a fuel depot at Al Asad Air Base in 2006.  A truck from Jordan passed through needing fuel, and the driver traded one of his vehicle’s plates in exchange for a topoff.  The soldier brought it home as a souvenir and kept it for more than a decade before selling it.

 

Kuwait

Passenger vehicle, c. 1981

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These plates were manufactured by the Irwin Hodson company of Portland, Oregon

 

Iraqi-Occupied Kuwait

Private car, c. 1990

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After annexing Kuwait in August 1990, the Iraqi government issued these distinct plates to vehicles in the new “province”

 

Lebanon

Passenger car, c.1970

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This plate is made of a very thick and heavy cast aluminum.  The left side gives the country name in French.  Somehow it made its way to a small antique store in rural Pennsylvania, where I found it when I was 16.

 

Morocco

Passenger car, 1956-1982 series

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The 24 at top right indicates Casablanca

 

Oman

Export, 1986

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I found this plate in a flea market in Lisbon, Portugal when I was in college

 

Saudi Arabia

Commercial vehicle, 1981 series

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The first digit of the registration number indicates the type.  1-3 = passenger cars, 4-7 = commercial vehicles

 

United Arab Emirates

Export, c. 1990s

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“SHJ” indicates city of  Sharjah