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Duncan Hare dons his sea legs to check out the Dubai International Boat Show and finds a very special vehicle on display...

Be it roaring down Sheikh Zayed Road or powering through the waves of the Arabian Gulf, this Dhs2.75million vehicle is wheely, wheely special. It's like something out of a Bond film and, just like 007, comes with a very special number. Just 20 of these zooming amphibious Aquada machines will ever be made.

And should someone come to the Dubai International Boat Show, where an Aquada is currently on display, with a Dhs2.75million cheque then "it's theirs", says Abdallah Adra, the regional president for the vehicle's makers, Gibbs and Igss. The Freelander 2.7l engine water-car produces 175bhp. And put the pedal to the metal on dry land and it'll do more than 160kph.

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Then get down to the water's edge, flip the mechanism that flicks the wheels up - "it takes just three seconds" - and you can cut through the deep blue sea at speeds of 48kph to 64kph. "The transfer from land to water is automatic," says Adra. He also hopes to transfer Dhs2.75million -- at least - into the company's bank account from the UAE's bling bling crowd.

"Dubai's all about the unique and how unique is this?," he said. "It's very, very slim that a buyer would come across another in Dubai -- but maybe we can get one in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi and they can race and compete!" he said. The car - which Sir Richard Branson sped between England and France in to set a Guinness World Record time for crossing the Channel - spent 15 years in research and development.

And it is just one of more than 430 boats on display at the boat show at Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi, which runs from 3pm to 9.30pm until Saturday. Entry costs Dhs60 per person, with under-12s free of charge.

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