I have several friends who are originally from the Middle East and who have owned Mercedes vehicles when they lived there. Personally I would buy one when I got there. Just like some older European have more power due to less restrictive emmissions controls, the cars originally delivered there will likely have quite a bit more power. Each of my friends who owned a BEnz there, bought similar models when they arrived in Canada and said they could not believe the reduced power of the cars here. Also, as has been mentioned, these cars are big over there, parts and service are about as common as a 7-eleven here.